September 18, 1977 |
|NASCAR Nationwide Series career|
|17 race(s) run over 4 year(s)|
|Best finish||47th - 2003 (Busch Series)|
|First race||1999 NAPA Autocare 250 (Pikes Peak)|
|Last race||2004 Diamond Hill Plywood 200 (Darlington)|
|Statistics current as of June 14, 2010.|
Damon Lusk (born September 18, 1977, in Kennewick, Washington), is a stock car racer. Lusk entered NASCAR in 1999, when he drove the AOL/Kleenex Chevy for three races NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Northwest Series. He qualified on the outside pole at Portland Speedway and after three starts, he attracted the eye of Jimmy Spencer.
Spencer invited Lusk and AOL to drive the #12 AOL Chevy at Pikes Peak. He started dead last, but was able to improve enough to complete all but 8 laps, and finished the race in 34th position.
Then for a time, Lusk went off to drive in the ARCA Racing Series.
In 2002, Lusk was contacted Tommy Baldwin, Jr., a NEXTEL Cup Series who wanted to form a Busch Series team. Baldwin had driver Wally Dallenbach Jr. in for a few races. Lusk brought West Virginia Dept. of Tourism sponsorship to the #6 at Richmond International Raceway for the September 2002 race. Lusk qualified the #6 in 25th position. However, Lusk was involved in an early wreck and finished 42nd. Lusk made another start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Driving the #6 Sta-Rite Pumps/Cow Tales Dodge, Lusk started last, 43rd on the field. However, Lusk drove like a veteran and by the end of the day finished in 22nd position.
In 2003, Sta-Rite agreed to a 10-race deal with Baldwin's team. Lusk's first start came at Daytona International Speedway, where Lusk improved on his career best finish with a 21st. He was 22nd two weeks later at Las Vegas. At Texas Motor Speedway, Lusk was involved in a first-lap crash, relegating 43rd. For the rest of 2003, Lusk had a solid season. He was 18th at Loudon. He was 12th at Michigan. Despite being a rookie, he only wrecked twice. His average finish was 25.5.
With the team debut behind them, Lusk and BACE looked forward to 2004. In his first three starts with the team, Lusk finished 21st at Daytona, 24th at Rockingham and 25th at Darlington. But with BACE needing results and sponsorship, veteran Tony Raines moved into the #74 for the rest of 2004.
In 2005, Lusk was able to get a job with Premier Motorsports. He would drive the #85 House Hunter Chevy for 20 races. However, the team was greatly underfunded, and in 3 attempts, he did not qualify and John Hayden replaced him.
Craftsman Truck Series
In 2001, Damon was in the #37 BayPak Ford at Texas Motor Speedway. In his first Truck Series start, he started 21st and finished a solid 11th position. In 2006 he drove in the last five races of the season for Woodward Racing with a best finish of 17th at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He finished 41st in points.
- Damon Lusk driver statistics at Racing-Reference