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Who is Lucas McKinney? 22-year-old dies in Farmington Dragway crash

Bruno Cooke March 21, 2022
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North Carolina driver Lucas McKinney lost his life in a drag racing accident on Saturday, 19 March 2022 at Farmington Dragway, prompting friends and fans to pay tribute. One of Lucas’ friends has set up a GoFundMe to help support the McKinney family. Here’s what we know about Lucas McKinney.

Who is drag racer Lucas McKinney?

The GoFundMe page set up by Lucas’ friend Phillip Carpenter, reveals McKinney was a keen fisherman, drag racer and slot car racer.

He hailed from from Elizabethton, North Carolina, and started racing junior dragsters at Bristol Dragway in 2008. He was 22 when he died.

Lucas graduated from Hampton High School and won the High School Challenge at Bristol Dragway four years ago. He comes from a racing family – his parents Todd and Amy McKinney both have a history with the sport.

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McKinney finished fourth in the Pro class in the 2019 DER Bracket Series at Bristol, driving a 1996 Chevrolet S-10 pickup, Johnson City Press reports. The following year, he reached the finals.

He won a slot car race less than a week ago, on Tuesday, 15 March, at Elizabethton’s Undervalley Dragway.

Lucas McKinney died in Farmington Dragway crash, reports state

Farmington Dragway hasn’t announced a death at its track on Saturday, 19 March. Its last Facebook post is from four days earlier.

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However, several outlets have reported McKinney was killed at the track. The Capital Sports Report places it specifically at the Mocksville site’s 1/8th-mile drag strip. 

Meanwhile, Drag Coverage reports Lucas McKinney’s crash happened “in the shut down area of the track”.

GoFundMe surpasses goal in less than 24 hours

Lucas McKinney’s friend Phillip Carpenter set up a fundraiser to assist the late drag racer’s family with funeral expenses, with a set goal of $15,000.

After 20 hours, the GoFundMe has raised nearly $17,000 from 200 donations.

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Lucas died “doing what he loved”, Carpenter writes of his friend. “I’ve personally known him for years and he had a heart of gold.”

The McKinney family, he continues, “would never ask for assistance” – hence the fundraiser. “We just thought we could do something nice and show how much their son was loved throughout the racing world.”

Numerous people have commented on the fundraiser and left words of support and condolence on social media following Lucas’ crash. He will be missed by many.

We send our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Lucas McKinney at this difficult time.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.