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Lucas Oil Rig Clears 2010 King Of The Hammers Lcq

When KOH driver Les Figueroa straps into the Lucas Oil/Figspeed LS1 powered TTF built car for the first time at Friday's running of the 3rd annual King of the Hammers Race in Johnson Valley California, there will probably be the requisite butterfly or two that any KOH rookie racer might feel, except the 45 year old Figueroa and president of Figspeed.com isn't your typical rookie. Nerves or not the Lake Havasu AZ and newly transplanted Henderson NV native will see the 3 year pursuit of a dream realized when the Lucas Oil car is fired up at the starting line and the green flag is waived to start the race.

Figueroa is a NHRA professional sportsman drag racer with more then 20 years and multiple National and Divisional wins to his credit. With the conflict in schedules due to the 50th running of the NHRA winternationals @ Pomona Ca  and a past event champion the sacrifice was made to throw the dice and run the 4 wheel parts sponsored last chance qualifier to earn a spot in the KOH race on Friday.

Figueroa drove a safe LCQ race with over 40 plus other racers looking for  the 21 transfer positions into the big show on Friday. Figueroa and co driver Joe Thompson had a very fast start up through the obstacles at back door with no issues, adrenalin kicked in and the Lucas Oil/Figspeed #4478 car was traveling at a faster speed then the terrain would allow and on the last obstacle at trap door the car sided. The car was up righted and the finished was crossed at 22.02 for a final 12th place finish in LCQ and a successful transfer into the KOH race. The winner of the 2010 4 Wheel Parts Last Chance Qualifier is Ritchie Keller with a time of 12:09.

Even though Keller took the LCQ win, the quickest moving crawler on the track was the Lucas Oil powered rig piloted by Les Figueroa. Making short work of the most technical section of the course, Les easily maneuvered to and thru the "Back Door" with the best time.

"Well, we could of qualified better but I am pleased to make it in the main race. As stated before from Hammer King, Les Figueroa/Lucas Oil/Figspeed had quickest time to and thru "Back Door", had I not went into the last rock drop too hot and flopped on our front passenger nose (we winched back upright) we could of won the LCQ. Oh well, our goal was just to qualify.  We ended up #12 which is good for our rookie try, but we start #99!  Lots of cars to pass, hopefully there will not be too many "log jams" and we make it thru.  They start a pair at a time 30 seconds between.  Not too bad, after all, it is a 135 mile race, plenty of time.  Tomorrow is "Contingency and Press" day, the Lucas Oil cars are getting tons of ink!  For the LCQ we had 5 different cameras mounted on the car."

The racing action was intense for these Last Chance Qualifiers.  Tuesday, 17 cars left the line, and 15 received a time. The random drawings for the start positions for the KOH race finds the Lucas Oil/Figspeed car #4478 on the final row in 99th position. Ironically Lucas Oil team mate Rick Mooneyham will start on the front row in position #2. This may play out to be very interesting for the Lucas Oil team. Stay tuned, the 2010 King Of the Hammers Main starts on Friday.

Hammerking Productions, Inc. created the “King of the Hammers” off-road race in 2007 (www.kingofthehammers.com). The 2010 Griffin King of the Hammers will be on Friday February 12th, 2010 where over 15,000 drivers and fans from around the globe will descend on the desert of Johnson Valley for over a week of off-road related activities. The 2009 running of the King of the Hammers was featured on Spike TV and in the film “Second Crusade.”

In 2009, Hammerking expanded race action to include three additional regional qualifiers for the 2010 race. In 2010, there will also be the addition of the Pit Bull Tires UTV King of the Hammers on Thursday February 11th, 2010. More information can be found at www.kingofthehammers.com.

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