The big news of the season for Lucas, and dirt late model racing in general, was the Josh Richards was leaving his father's house car ride and the World of Outlaws (BTW, look for that season preview sometime next week) to go run with Best Performance on the Lucas series. It had a bit of a shockwave effect both series, because as it turned out Brandon Sheppard, who had been a Lucas driver for a couple of years now, was named the replacement driver for the Rocket house car and will run the WoO.
That big debate in 2016 was "Who is the best late model driver in the country?" and the answers were split mostly down the middle between Josh Richards and Scoot Bloomquist. They ran each other about 10 times over the season, and Richards had the slight advantage as as far as results, go. Still, the debate is often fierce. This year, we should actually see who the better driver is because for the first time, well, ever, they're going to be running each other night in and night out. That in and off itself, should make for make for a bunch of interesting nights on the tour. I know I'm pretty excited for it, and we think you should be too.
Other than that, the rest of the touring regulars should look pretty familiar to you if you typically go to Lucas races, except nobody seems sure if Jared Landers is going to be back on tour this year after missing much of last year dude to injury. As always, if somebody comes out especially hot through Georgia and Florida, they may decide to follow the whole thing.
So, now that you're excited, you're probably asking yourself "Well, where can I see them run?" and we got you covered. The 2017 schedule can be found here. The schedule isn't all that different from previous tilts, but first time stops at Sharon Speedway and Port Royal Speedway should be pretty entertaining.
So we have an idea where they'll will be running, and a rather vague idea of who, let me introduce you to the drivers in the order I feel they'll be running when the season ends.
1. Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, TN.
He will be just about as fast as Bloomquist, but he will have a rough night or two at a track he's unfamilar with. However, he will be both be and Bloomquist be heads above:
3. Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL.
Dennis had a fantastic season in 2016, and I look for him to build on that some for 2017. Wins will be hard to come by, but I do look for him to be on the podium a bunch, which will give him the edge over:
4. Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY.
9: Steve Francis, Bowling Green, KY.