Life, more specifically business commitments have got in the way of Pro Stock racer Shane Tucker.
Tucker, from Queensland, Australia, has competed in seven NHRA Mello Yello Series races this season, getting one round win in Gainesville, Fla.
Shane Tucker and Rob Tucker Racing have had primary sponsor Auzmet/StructGlass all season and at the U.S. Nationals, Tucker’s Camaro was flying the colors and logo of Houston, Texas based ELFS Freight.
Tucker did qualify for the prestigious U.S. Nationals in the No. 15 spot with a 6.635-second ET at 208.07 mph.
“We took a few races off this year for business commitments,” Tucker said. “We worked more on the motor side of things. The motor came up really, really good. We just jumped into this new car in Norwalk (Ohio, June 20-23) so we’ve only just put our 10th run on it just then in Q1. It made a really good run. We finally qualified in Indy. It’s been quite a few years.”
After Indy, Tucker is unsure what the remainder of his 2019 NHRA race schedule will be.
“If we have some success here, I’ve got some sponsors coming this weekend that could help us out for the rest of the year,” Tucker said. “We definitely won’t do St. Louis. We will do Charlotte (Oct. 11-13). We’ll probably do Dallas (Oct. 17-20) and whether we do Reading (Pa., Sept. 12-15), Vegas (Oct. 31-Nov. 3), and Pomona (Calif., Nov. 14-17) is still up in the air.”
Tucker said he plans on competing in the NHRA Pro Stock class again in 2020, but his schedule is unclear.
“At what capacity, I’m not sure,” he said. “I’m building a house back in Australia at the moment. I got some personal commitments back home with my family in Queensland on the Gold Coast. So that’s always a bit of a stressful task. I want to be home for that a little bit. Spend a little bit more time with my girls.”
Tucker has two daughters – Sayla-Rose, 9 and London, 3. Tucker owns Auzmet Architectural in Dallas and all that business is now in the United States.
— Competition Plus (@competitionplus) January 4, 2019