Shanon Buckingham and Double Down Motorsports end Lucas Oil pursuit
August 27, 2020 – Shanon Buckingham and Double Down Motorsports are dropping off the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series effective immediately to re-evaluate plans going forward.
“We have known from the beginning that family and business would take priority over anything else”, said Roger Sellers, owner of Double Down Motorsports. Shanon has a storm recovery business, and its now hurricane season as everyone can see with the current situation on the gulf coast. It’s only a matter of time until he gets the call to head out. He has also started a tree business with his oldest son, Camden, just a few weeks ago. They have been blessed with an abundance of work. The busy schedule that comes from running a national series combined with a season of racing that hasn’t gone as well as we would have hoped has led to the team deciding to pull off the Lucas Oil tour.
“I think running a major series such as Lucas Oil is the ultimate dream for any driver that has raced at a local track on a Saturday night”, said Buckingham. Thanks to Roger, Casey, my Dad (Tom), JC, and Eric for allowing me the opportunity to do just that. The Lucas guys are the best officials, fellow racers and team owners, and staff that I have ever had the chance to compete with. I would like to thank our marketing partners and product sponsors for helping make this possible as well, including Lazydays RV, 2150 Enterprises, Smoky Mountain Speedway, FK Rod Ends, Penske Racing Shocks, Maxima Racing Oil, Longhorn Chassis, and Durham Race Engines.
Sellers also noted, that he too was faced with a difficult decision much like this several years ago. I had to put racing aside when Tennessee RV Supercenter was founded in 2004 with just a handful of inventory. The dealership quickly grew into one of the largest RV dealers in the Southeast. It’s the American Dream, and I’m behind anyone and everyone that wants to live it. The future of Double Down Motorsports is uncertain, but we have several options to sort through. The team was started in November 2015 and crew chief, JC Crockett, has been with the team since January 2017. JC has been involved in motorsports for most of his life and as anyone will tell you – a good team member is always in high demand. JC intends to weigh his options as he has many possibilities as to what is next for him. Roger is the owner of Smoky Mountain Speedway and is heavily involved in drag racing as well. Don’t be surprised to see him around somewhere in the near future.