Unbuckled: Getting to know Glen Luce

Thursday, December 06 2012 @ 10:34 AM EST

Contributed by: ACT Staff

Unbuckled: Getting to know Glen Luce
Driver of the #7ME Stevens Electric and Pump Service Ford Fusion
Hometown: Turner, ME
2012: Finished 13th in the ACT US Point Standings
What are your favorite hobbies in the offseason?
I downhill ski a lot with my family, and snowmobile. I also do a lot of hunting. I was just in Saskatchewan, Canada for eight days, and I’m going hunting again with my two boys after Christmas for four days. I did get a deer on my trip that pushed 300 pounds, but 3 years ago I got one that was 326! 
What do you do for work?
I am a logging contractor. I buy big chunks of land and clear them for development or I cut and clear land for other land owners and foresters. Logging is all I’ve ever done. I was introduced to it when I was 10 years old and now I own my own company. I have seven employees that work for me and I still go out into the woods every day. I actually probably work more today than I did 10 years ago.
Big Plans for 2013?
I am running the full American Canadian Tour schedule. Really hoping to pick up where we left off in the Milk Bowl. Things were really clicking, plus we have some new team members and a new car for 2013.

What is the state of your car currently?
Jeff Taylor of Distance Chassis is building us a brand new car. My other car is three years old now, so it just made more sense to start new and this car should be much better.
What race are you looking forward to the most in 2013?
One of my favorite tracks is Devil’s Bowl, but my new favorite track is Thunder Road. At the Memorial Day Classic I finally figured out how to drive it and set up the car, and it was totally different to how we approached it previously. I learned so much there. Thunder Road has a great crowd too, Vermont fans are unbelievable. I have more fans from Vermont than I do at my home track! I had all kinds of strangers congratulating me. They are pretty hardcore. 
What are your goals for the 2013 season?
I’d really, really like to win an ACT race. We’re shooting for a top five in the points, also. We always seem to start out slow and it’s so hard to catch up with the competition on the Tour. At times we really had a great car, and we just didn’t quite capitalize. Our crew situation was also inconsistent. Sometimes we had guys doing three jobs at once, sometimes we had more than we needed. My shop caved in mid season too, which didn’t help us much (He was forced to miss the Circuit Riverside St-Croix event). We had a lot of curveballs, but with a new car and more crew members I feel good about 2013.  
What was the highlight of the 2012 year for you?
Probably the Milk Bowl. That was where we turned things around. Labor Day was good too, but the Milk Bowl really takes the cake. (Luce finished 3rd in the Milk Bowl)
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself still racing, but I’ll have to wait until I get there. If my boys show interest, I think I will want to help them. I’ll be in involved in racing in some sort. 
Do you have a hero? Someone you idolize as a racecar driver or try to emulate? Why?
One of my biggest heroes has always been Mike Rowe. As far as emulating though, he takes no prisoners, and I’m more of a give and take kind of guy. I think I try to emulate Bobby and Beaver Dragon. They were real “gentleman” drivers. I’m good friends with Brent Dragon, and I talk to Beaver every race. I really looked up to those guys growing up.