May YLR Update
Hello Race Fans!
Just a quick update that we are almost ready for summer racing! We are hoping to test at Pacific Raceways on June 8th and our first race is scheduled for June 22-23. Projects we are finishing up are a new set of rear slicks and some changes we made to our battery location. We look forward to seeing everybody soon!
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Street Car Super Nationals Results
Our last race for the 2017 season was in Las Vegas at Street Car Super Nationals XIII. We went with a fresh engine this time so expected to do well. We had some off the wall electrical issue that plagued us throughout qualifying but finally got it sorted out for Eliminations. We made it through Round 1 and in Round 2 took out the number 5 Qualifier car. In the Quarter-Finals we ended up losing to what turned out to be the race winner. We did set a new personal best and brought the car home in one piece so the year ended on a good note. We are looking forward to the 2018 race season. Check out our 2018 race schedule and a new video of our Las Vegas race on the Videos & Pix page.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Almost Ready for Las Vegas
Engine is all fresh after a trip up to BC Canada to Ken Sihota's shop. Engine will go in the car tomorrow and will begin buttoning up the car for the trip to Las Vegas next week. After a very successful last time out we are really looking forward making a good showing at the Street Car Super Nationals race. If you are at the race, stop by and say hello.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
This year we made the decision to refresh the engine before heading to Las Vegas next month for the Street Car Super Nationals Nov 17-19. We had a good season this year setting a new personal best last time out so we're hoping to get into that elusive 5 second zone next time out. It would be a great way to end the year and achieve the goal we set at the beginning of the year. We hope to see some of you in Las Vegas!
Friday, October 20, 2017
YLR Runs New Personal Best at Pacific Raceways
Yvonne ran a new personal best at Pacific Raceways last weekend during the final WCSA race of the season. She clicked off a 6.05 second pass Friday evening, then ran a 6.08 during the heat of the day on Saturday. We now have a very repeatablle chassis setup and tuneup moving forward. Our last race of the season will at the Street Car Super Nationals in Las Vegas held in November.
Friday, September 01, 2017
Thank You Wallace Racing Products!
A big thank you to Wallace Racing Products for supplying us with one of their awesome engine parts organizer trays. These are the nicest on the market and the only one I've found that is designed large engough to hold the parts for big cubic inch nitrous engines. We will be putting it to good use very shortly when we tear the engine down for a scheduled refresh.
Friday, September 01, 2017
Thanks To Aurora Bearings!
Shout out to our newest sponsor, Aurora Bearing Company. We are proud to display their banner on the race trailer and use many different sizes & types of rod ends in our race car. Their products are distributed and used world-wide in many applications, not just race cars.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Spokane Nitro Event
YLR headed East of the mountains to Spokane, WA last weekend to attend the big Nitro Finals at Spokane County Raceway. The crowds were huge and the track put on a great event Friday & Saturday. We had some silly self induced gremlins but still managed to click off a good qualifying run. In eliminations a self induced problem reared it's ugly head and we were out unfortunately. Great weather, fans, & track support made it a memorable trip.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
This is one of the biggest events of the year for us at Mission Raceway Park. As you can see, we were the event poster cover car this year. We qualified number 7 out of 15 cars but suffered some gremlins during the weekend that we chased. Our weekend ended after the first round of eliminations when Yvonne had a rare redlight foul. It's the first one she has had in over 10 years. Great event worth attending and had a big fireworks show.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Mission Raceway 6-2-17
We made a trip to Mission Raceways in British Columbia for the first Western Drag Racing League seriew; We got some good testing in and ran 6.10 234.74 MPH so weas quite happy with the performance. Next race is DoorWarz at the same track July 4th weekend.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
March 2017 Update
Just finished up a complete engine refresh so we're almost ready to start off the 2017 race season. We're looking forward to getting out to get some pre-race testing in hopefully in April.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Hello Race Fans! Happy New Year. Winter is upon and and that means the car is in Winter refresh mode. We've also got some surprise upgrades in strore for this season. We will keep you posted in the upcoming weeks and look forward to early season testing. See you soon.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
We had a great time at DoorWarz in Mission, BC this past weekend. Although we struggled with an ignition problem, our team dug deep & with the help of other resources located & resolved the issues. We then ran a career best MPH at 6.11 234 MPH qualifying #6 out of 18 cars. A first round victory put us in a good position to move forward in eliminations but unfortunately a broken valve sidelined us. Armed with some good data, we look forward to our next outing. See some great photos on our FaceBook page & we'll see you soon.
Thanks to Paul Grant for the nice night shot!
Monday, July 11, 2016
Exciting 2016 Debut!
Well, our 2016 debut turned out a little dull AND exciting! First round of qualifying started out with a giant fireball. Luckily there was no fire damage & after taking the engine apart, we found a nitrous nozzle from inside the intake manifold had fallen into #4 cylinder & hung the valve open. It hardly left a mark, so will go back together. Got lucky this time!
Monday, May 09, 2016
First 2016 Testing
We are extremely excited to begin the 2016 season this weekend at Pacific Raceways for the first WCSA race. Over the winter we've added a new M&M Transmission T400 & lockup converter which should provide us with significant lower ET and higher speeds. Come on out & say hello.
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
SCSN 10 Results
The Street Car Super Natiionals in Las Vegas turned out to be another great event. We qualified well and set new personal bests again. Our qualifying pass was 6.06 sec @ 229 MPH. An electrical gremlin put us out of the race early unfortunately but looking forward to a great 2016.
Monday, December 14, 2015
Viva Las Vegas!
We will be in Las Vegas for the Street Car Super Nationals November 18-22. If you are attending the race as a fellow racer or fan, please stop by and say hello, we would love to meet you!
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
We had a stellar weekend testing at Mission Raceway Sept 11-12! We ran a career best 6.10 at 227.5 mph! A big thank you to my crew guys Mike Lucas and Mike Stevenson for all their hard work! Another thank you to Buck Racing and Ken Sihota (Ken’s Specialty Automotive) for their skilled excellence! Thanks to Bryant, Speedwire, Bill Scribner (Scribner Welding, Mission Raceway Park personnel and the many talented people in drag racing that help and support our team! Pictures and videos to be posted. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook!
Monday, September 14, 2015
We're B a c k!
Hello Race Fans! We are very excited to announce we have our engine back and installed in the race car. Ready to rumble!
Sunday, August 30, 2015
YLR Update: A cracked crank means we are now sitting on the 3 month wait list for a new one. Disappointing for our entire team. We wish all the racers in the NW and beyond good luck and hope to be back out soon!
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Back At The Track!
It's been 11 long months since we have been racing but made our debut May 8-9 at Pacific Raceways. It was a lot of chassis adjustments & getting everything dialed in with short passes. The results were very satisfying with career best short time number 3 out of 4 hits. Best was a .978 60' & a 2.66 330' times which are very respectable. Heading to Mission Raceway May 22-23 for more testing.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Wait Is Over...
The day we've been waiting for finally arrived! The engine showed up this morning from Buck Racing Engines and is ready to bolt in. We'll be ready for testing the first part of May.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Fresh Off The Dyno
New billet cylinder heads finally finished & Charlie Buck gave it some love. Engine is fresh off the dyno & should arrive in the next few days. We can't wait to get back out soon!
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Engine Update News
Ending the year on a positive note...our engine short block is complete, now just missing the new cylinder heads. The vendor promises they will be done within a week. Lookind forward to the 2015 racing season!
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Sadly, we won't have our engine back in time to make the race in Las Vegas. It's been tough to sit out all season long but we're turning our focus to 2015 and look forward to getting back to action then!
Good luck everybody and see you soon.
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Hello Race Fans!
While its been a tough sitting out most of this season, we are making progress on engine repairs! Our hope is to be ready to make SCSN in Las Vegas in November. Watch here for more updates! Thanks!
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Good News - Bad News
The good news is we were on our fastest lap ever, the bad news is the engine expired in a very bad way! It was our first full lap on the engine which makes it even worse. The engine was crated up and shipped to be repaired so we are out of commission for a few weeks, We look forward to getting back out as soon as we can again.
Monday, July 07, 2014
Big Red Gets Refreshed
It's been a painfully long winter engine refresh but we installed the engine back in the car today. We have made quite a few updates to the drivetrain over the winter so are expecting very good results this season. After buttoning a few loose ends up, we will be out racing within the next couple of weeks. Next race at Pacifici Raceways on June 20-21.
Monday, June 09, 2014
YLR in Camaro Performers Magazine
Thank you to Camaro Performers magazine who published a short article & picture on YLR. The magazine did an interview with Yvonne at the Street Car Super Nationals in Las Vegas. Link to the article is HERE
Monday, May 12, 2014
Season Opener Coming Soon!
The season opener is coming quick...YLR is scrambling to get everything back together quickly but getting vendors to respond is like pulling teeth at times. We're missing some engine pieces but should have the rest in the coming week. Stay tuned for updates.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
YLR is Pinewood Derby Guest
Yvonne Lucas Racing Special Guest at Boy Scout Pinewood Derby
Boy Scout Troop #767 held their annual Pinewood Derby in Maple Valley, WA on April 22nd. A fun night was had by all as these young Scouts raced their pinewood derby cars in fierce and spirited competition!
“It was an honor for me to be asked to participate in this event and spend some time talking with the boys about the sport of drag racing” reported Lucas. “We discussed many of the safety items involved in racing including my fire suit, Hans device and helmet.”
A long history of involvement in the Scouting program, Yvonne’s father showed by example what an outstanding influence the program is in a young boy’s life. “Having watched my dad work many years with the Scouts, it was a great opportunity for me to add to that legacy in my own community. Like any racer, I love to talk about our great sport and help to educate the public on what we do.”
The Boy Scouts of America dates back to the early 1900’s and continues to provide outdoor skills training, leadership training and respect for our nation’s flag. Ages 7 - 10 compete at the Derby. Lucas continues, “The Derby teaches young people about competition and good sportsmanship. The boys receive a pinewood car kit and work with a parent on building, carving and painting their car. They also learn about aerodynamics and weight distribution. The track is set up to give each car an electronic elapsed time as well. It’s a great opportunity to learn the basics of our sport.”
Yvonne Lucas Racing would like to thank Troop #767 and all the volunteers for this opportunity!
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Yvonne Selected by Drag Illustated
Congrats to Yvonne who was selected as one of Drag Illustrated's "The Hottest 2014" top 10 women in drag racing list. This is a real honor for Yvonne to be included along with a very strong group of women in the sport including several professional racers. See the article in this month's (Feb) online version of the magazine at dragillustrated.com
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Happy New Year!
Hello Race Fans...
We had a great time in Las Vegas at SCSN IX. We went all the way to the quarterfinals and ended our season on a fantastic note! We put together a video of our runs in Vegas that are posted on under the Video page of this website.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
Our season continues to be challenging but we are steadily making progress with our chassis setup. We are excited that our engine is making so much power and we are anxiously looking forward to harnessing that power! Depending on the weather we should have one more test session before the end of September before making our trip to SCSN in Las Vegas Nov 14-17. This year SCSN will feature a NHRA legal ProMod class and we are excited to be a part of that as a sponsor and participant!
A special thanks to all the fans who attended our last race in Mission, BC including the Hartman family. It was great to see you and it's fans like these who make racing so fun.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Boise Nightfire Nationals Recap
We really enjoyed seeing the racers and fans in Boise, Idaho over the weekend. We did not accomplish what we had hoped for and did not qualify after being bit by some gremlins. Although it was a tough weekend for us, we want to thank West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Association and Firebird Raceway for putting on a fantastic event! We look forward to next years race. We will be racing at Mission Raceway Aug 23-24.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
YLR Tough Road at DoorWarz
After major chassis updates including a new rear-end etc. YLR had high expectations for a great performance at the DoorWarz event at Mission, BC Canada. Test runs there yielded very good results bettering the previous best runs in the car. However our weekend ended abruptly when in Q2 qualifying, the transmission let go shearing a shaft in half. Unable to repair it at the track, we were done. The transmission will be repaired & we'll be back at the track, next event in Boise, ID at the Nightfire Nationals Aug 8-11.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Yvonne Special Guest at Women's Veteran Summit
The world of drag racing can offer a unique opportunity to reach people in all walks of life and give back in a way that supports our communities. Yvonne Lucas will have the privilege to give back in a special way June 29th as a guest at the 2013 Women Veteran Summit taking place at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center in Tacoma, WA.
This free conference provides women veterans with information about opportunities for women veterans who can face challenges. The conference is hosted by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs and is committed to provide benefits, services and programs that help our veterans.
2013 Women Veteran Summit
Greater Tacoma Convention Center
1500 Broadway - Tacoma, WA 98402
June 29, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
YLR Gets New Team Gear
The next time you see YLR at the race track, we will be sporting our new crew shirts from Wicked Grafixx. We worked with Tyler as well for our T-shirt design we've been selling at the races. If any of you are thinking of getting T-shirts or crew shirts, we would highly recommend Tyler Clark at www.wickedgrafixx.com
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Here We Come!
We are just days away from our first race at Woodburn Drag Strip this weekend April 27-28th. The crew is hard at work completing the final items on our To-Do list as we ready for the 2013 season. We will spend this weekend shaking down the new engine & getting our baseline readings. We are expecting beautiful weather in Oregon which will be a nice change from all the rain we've gotten this year. Come on out and say hello!
Monday, April 22, 2013
New Engine Debut
Our new 846ci engine is now pretty much installed in the car. All the usual tweeks here and there have to be done along with modifying the headers to fit, etc. Hopefully the installation will be completed in the next 2-3 weeks so we can get out and do some preliminary testing. Stay tuned.
Monday, March 25, 2013
I am pleased to announce my trusty 762ci Fulton is on it's way to a new home and we are taking delivery of a 846ci Reher-Morrison in the coming weeks. We anticipate a few modifications required to get it installed along with others to reduce car weight. Thanks to our crew guy Mike Stevenson for all his hard work with our team! More updates with pictures coming.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
As we close out the 2012 racing season I'd like to once again thank the sponsors, racers & fans who supported us this year! Your continuing support of drag racing in the Northwest as well as the rest of the U.S. & Canada is awesome. It was a challenging season for us & we can attest to the fact that operating & maintaining a race car are two very difficult but worthwhile adventures. We thank the companies in the ever changing atuomotive industry that continues to strive for excellence in the products they produce. We thank the racing clugbs & organizations who work so hard to bring the action to the fans. We also thank the track owners & personnel whose dilligent efforts continue to provide a safe environment for racers. A final thank you to my crew & family for their hard work & support.
See you at the track in 2013!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Bad Dog Shootout #2
Bad Dog Shootout #2 was held at Mission Raceway, Mission, BC. We qualified #4 in ProStreet however in the first round we ran up against Jay Syvertsen who unfortunately ran a personal best of 6.07 245 mph against us. Other than that, we had a great weekend of racing.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Bad Dog Shootout #1
The first in the two race series was held at Pacific Raceways in Kent, WA. We were fortunate enough to win the event with Joe Loch being in the runner-up position. Thanks to all racers & fans who attended.
The 2nd race is in Mission, BC Aug 24-26.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Billings, MT Bound
We will be racing with the West Coast ProMod Assoicaiton at Yellowstone Drag Strip in Billings, MT this coming weekend. It should be a great event for fans & racers.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Canadian National Open Results
The Canadian National Open at Mission, BC was a "good news, bad news" weekend. Good news is the chassis is fixed & working great...our 60' times are sub-1 second, but we have an electrical gremlin raging havoc on our ignition. We made it to the semi-finals but weren't able to make a full pass. It will be fixed for the next race.
Monday, July 30, 2012
It's a good news, bad news scenario...the weather, facility, & people were great...our performance not so good. After a couple of test hits, a crack was discovered in the 4-link suspension that couldn't be fixed at the track so we had to withdraw from the event. We are getting the car fixed this week and will be back out for the next race July 6-7.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Headed to Boise, ID
We are headed to boise, Idaho this weekend for their famous Fox Hunt event. I have never raced at Boise and am excited to see this facility. Many people have told me how friendly track personnel are and we look forward to meeting them. if you're in the area, stop by and say hello at Firebird Raceway!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Great progress was made in the last week at YLR in getting the car ready to hit the track soon. Final assembly, check out, and chassis setup will be completed over the next week. We're getting excited to get back out again.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Many changes over the winter for YLR. The engine refresh & water injection installation are about complete. Also new is a complete new electronics package, updated Rossler transmission, trying the new MT 14" racing slicks, and fresh paint to fix the wear & tear from racing.
Friday, May 04, 2012
First and foremost I would like to thank Mike Lucas and Mike Stevenson for a great 2011 season! These guys worked very hard and we again reached goals during our year that we look forward to improving on! I’d also like to thank all of the photographers and media personnel who use their talents to document our sport and efforts in such an outstanding way! Paul Grant, Dean Murdoch, Dyan Lover, Steven Bunker, Roger Richards just to name a few! The webmasters of the racing sites that spend so much personal time getting race results out to the fans also deserve a big thank you!
Work has already begun on the racecar in anticipation for 2012. We look to improve our numbers again along with the help of so many talented professionals in the auto part business. The technology that is becoming available coupled with hundreds of hours of research, development and testing is what is making racing what it has become today. The future looks very bright for the Yvonne Lucas Racing and we say thank you to the fans for all your support this year! Have a Happy Holiday season with your families and friends.
Monday, December 05, 2011
Bad Dog Shootout Mission BC Results
At the Bad Dog Shootout race #2 in Mission, BC we ran a great 6.36 in the heat qualifying on Saturday. On the final qualifying pass at 9 pm, we had our fastest 1/8th mile time at 4.09 seconds 179 MPH! Unfortunately dew had set in on the far end of the track and the car got loose forcing an early shutoff. We felt really good about the incrementals on that pass. The track conditions on Sunday were hot and the air was humid. Too hot for setting any records and we narrowly missed going to the finals after aborting our semi-final pass after the car made a hard move at 900ft. We lost in the semis but again, feel really good about the progress we've made and look forward to racing in Spokane Sept 9-10.
Monday, August 29, 2011
NHRA Canadian National Open Runner-Up!
After three dismal outings and zero testing opportunities due to unseasonably rainy weather in the Northwest the sun finally came out for Yvonne Lucas who snagged the #2 qualifying position at the Canadian National Open July 23 -24th at beautiful Mission Raceways in Mission, BC. Capitalizing on their solid performance this weekend the Lucas Team made it all the way to the final round of Pro Street at the 2nd event for the Canadian Pro Street Association.
“We made 6 full passes this weekend and set 3 personal best in ET’s and MPH’s!” said Yvonne. “Running back to back 6.36, 6.37 and 6.35 was awesome for our team!”
Yvonne’s 6.35 at 222mph marks a career best and set the CPSA record for a nitrous car. With NHRA track personnel in the house the track prep was excellent as Mission hosted their biggest event of the year. “The chance for a Wally in Pro Street is a rare opportunity and after qualifying we felt we had a great chance to go all the way.” After a great reaction time and another solid run in the heat with track temps at 134 degrees, Lucas was edged out at the stripe by Joe Delehay’s blown Camaro at 6.09.
“We wanted the Wally but what was more important to us was the car’s incredible performance all weekend. Our team came away with great data and renewed confidence in the changes we made over last winter. I did my job on the starting line and didn’t see Joe until 1000ft. I was a bit out-gunned so I was trying to make him work for it!” laughed Yvonne.
The Lucas Team would like to thank Pro Torque, Speedwire, Mission Raceways, the Canadian Pro Street Association and crew members Mike Lucas and Mike Stevenson.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
IHRA Rocky Mountain Nationals
This years race turned out to be one of the most frustrating weekends we can remember. The weather Friday was clear and sunny with beautiful conditions for racing until 30 minutes before we were supposed to go to the lanes. The rains came and cancelled the remainder of the evening, so we lost two qualifying hits. Saturday was mostly cloudy with some breezes. Our first hit resulted in tire shake, the next hit the engine wouldn't start and we later found the distributor had come loose so it was cross firing between cylinders, and the third hit, the engine wasn't warm enough so it coughed & died when Yvonne was trying to get it up on the converter. That brought and end to our weekend except for being relegated to being spectators. It was very disappointing to say the least but all is fixed and we are anxious to get back out to the track again soon.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Woodburn OR WCPMA Race
We attended the first 2011 West Coast ProMod Association's race in Woodburn, OR this past weekend. It's a great all concrete track and nice facility. Track conditions were tricky for everyone most of the weekend but a good time was had by all and there was a variety of fast cars to put on a great show for the fans. We quaified for the 8 car field however went out first round with wheelspin at the launch. We did get a lot of good data so will put it to good use for the upcoming race in Edmonton, AB Canada
Monday, June 13, 2011
Rain, Rain, Rain
Unfortunately not much to report other than the car is ready to race once the weather decides to cooperate. The first two races of the season have been rained out. We got two burnouts in but that's it as far as running the car. We are trying to get a testing day in this week, before our next race in Woodburn, OR on June 11-12. We expect to see some performance increases with some changes made to the car over the winter.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
New Pistons & Rods Ready to Go
We received our new GRP rods & custom Diamond pistons with Trend pins. These will be installed later this week along with new rings & bearings. We're getting excited to finally start putting the engine back together again.
Sunday, April 03, 2011
Heads Back From Fulton
CFE cylinder heads are back from Gene Fulton with a full refresh. Gene guarantees these will make more power, so we are excited to get the engine back together.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Winter months are when we do our car "refresh". The car basically comes apart and everything checked over. Parts are replaced as needed such as pistons, piston rings, bearings, valve job, etc. This year we are updating our fire system, and changing to carbon fiber rear brakes. We are also working on finalizing our 2011 racing schedule.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
We are now launching our new website. This area is for the Blog updates that we will be doing all season to keep everyone updated on what's going on with our racing program. Please send your comments.
Sunday, January 16, 2011