(MAIN) Kevin Thompson (left) and Jason Patison keep it close, but clean in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist Super Late Model Series. (BELOW) Rod Johnson gets descriptive for the Lucas Oil Production Studios TV crew. (BELOW RIGHT) Kyle Neveau is one of the series’ young guns hoping to move on up.
The Lucas Oil Slick Mist Super Late Models at Toyota Speedway Irwindale showcase young talent and veteran racers.
Words & Images Richard S. James
Late Models and Super Late Models are a staple of short tracks nationwide. They hold the dreams of stock car
stardom for so many aspirant champions
and host veteran hobbyists who remind the
youngsters that they aren’t all that.
While the spec sheet for either
category may di;er depending on where
you are or which sanctioning body you’re
racing under, the basic premise is the
same: a stage for drivers to learn the
stock car ropes and prove themselves.
Kyle Neveau is a young guy on his way
up and currently making his home in the
Lucas Oil Slick Mist Super Late Model Series
at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, Calif.
It’s one of many similar series across the
U.S., but this one’s at one of the premier
half-miles in the country in a suburb of one
of America’s largest markets and biggest
racing hotspots west of the Carolinas.
Despite all that, the economy has taken
its toll everywhere and the series hasn’t
always been booming. But now, with
Lucas Oil stepping in this year, it’s on its
way up once more and proving a great
example of how a grass-roots, home-track
series that’s dynamically promoted and
creatively marketed can build a buzz.
“I think what Lucas has done with the
series, with the trophies and the 10-race
format is really cool,” says Neveau, driver of
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