Pro Stock racer Shane Tucker won’t be taking part in this year’s Western Swing. The young driver made the difficult decision to skip the Swing and focus on business commitments with his Dallas-based company, Auzmet Architectural. Tucker had previously been chasing a spot in the NHRA Countdown and, he hoped, an NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock world championship behind the wheel of his Auzmet Architectural/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro.
“From the very beginning my first priorities have been my business and my family,” said Tucker. “Success in both allowed me to go racing, but sometimes you have to make some tough decisions. This by far was one of the toughest and easiest decisions I have had to make. Auzmet Architectural in Dallas needs my attention over the next 30 days; we have some exciting developments on the business side that will make us a stronger race team.”
Starting in March at the Gatornationals, Tucker has qualified at every NHRA national event featuring Pro Stock. With the help of his father Rob and engine builder Nick Ferri, Tucker has poured both time and money into making his Chevrolet Camaro competitive every race.
“We have every intention of being in Brainerd (August 15-18) and finishing out the season strong,” Tucker stated. “We are making improvements at every race with Nick Ferri and my dad. I am committed to Pro Stock and the NHRA. I’ll miss racing at some of the best tracks in the country in July, but we’ll be back.”
Currently Tucker is 14th in the Mello Yello point standings, 134 points out of the Top Ten. The Auzmet/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro will return to action at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, August 15-18 at Brainerd International Raceway.