Speedbowl Regular Craig Lutz Set To Make Whelen Modified Tour Debut At Waterford

Craig Lutz celebrating his first career SK Modified victory on May 31 at the Waterford Speedbowl

Craig Lutz celebrating his first career SK Modified victory on May 31 at the Waterford Speedbowl

A few weeks ago, Craig Lutz got to live a dream when he celebrated his first career SK Modified victory at the Waterford Speedbowl.

Saturday the dream weaving will continue for the 19-year old Miller Place, N.Y. driver.

Lutz will attempt to make his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in the Mr. Rooter 161 Saturday at the Waterford Speedbowl.

Lutz, who is a regular in the SK Modified division at Waterford, will drive a Zacharias family owned Modified Tour car Saturday.

“I can’t wait,” Lutz said. “It’s going to be a dream come true. Just to run two cars and get to run a Modified Tour car against all the big names, it’s going to be awesome. … We’re just trying to get some seat time and trying to get my name out there. It was a last minute deal. We just worked it out [less than a week ago].”

Lutz is currently second to Keith Rocco in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified division standings at Waterford. He ran part-time in the division in 2012 before making the jump to running full-time at Waterford in 2013.

He got his first career victory in the division on May 31. Overall this year he’s finished on the podium in five of 10 SK Modified events at Waterford. He has top-five’s in seven events and top-10’s in nine races. His only finish outside the top-10 at Waterford this year came on May 24 when he was involved in a hard frontstretch wreck.

Lutz said he has never practiced a Tour Type Modified.

“I’d love to race as much as I can in anything,” Lutz said. “SK [Modifieds] and with [the Whelen Modified Tour] if that’s possible. If there was one track to run at for my first race I would want it to be at Waterford because it’s my home track.”

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  1. Good deal, he’s definitely a talented young driver, hope it works out and he is sure to turn heads!

  2. We be cheering you on from the other side of the Long Island sound

  3. I am really proud of Craig, and what he has accomplished. He is a great driver, he is young and he takes all the advice he can from the Veterans of the sport. This is a great opportunity to learn and get seat time in a Tour Car. Zacharias’ have been in this sport for as long as I can remember, hopefully its a good piece. Good luck to Jimmy Zacharias and Craig Lutz this weekend!!!

  4. He seems like a very classy young man in his podium interviews with Matt, I hope he does well!

    It is good to see the tour gain a few cars (Timmy Solomito, Derek Ramstrom, the kid driving Hills 79, and now Craig), something positive for a change.

  5. big daddy says

    where is the entry list

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