Derrick Lancaster (born January 26, 1973) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He last competed full-time in the ARCA Menards Series, driving the No. 29 Toyota Camry for his own team, Derrick Lancaster Racing.
From 2008 to 2020, Lancaster competed in several late model races, including the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, the CARS Super Late Model Tour, the Dirty Dozen, and the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown Series. He mostly drove in the Weekly Series, getting 28 top 5s, 78 top 10s, and 1 win, in a stake of 128 starts in 11 years.
Lancaster made his ARCA Racing Series (now ARCA Menards Series) start in 2014, driving the No. 56 Dodge Charger for Danny Glad Racing. He drove for them at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, finishing 13th and 6th respectively.
He returned to Daytona in 2015, this time for his own team, Lancaster Racing. He failed to qualify for the race, and withdrew from Talladega.
He went back to Daytona for 2016, finishing 31st due to an early race wreck, and in 2017, where he finished in 16th after starting 13th.
On August 7, 2020, Lancaster suffered a serious crash at Kingsport Speedway in Kingsport, Tennessee, where his car got clipped with another car, which sent him head on into the turn 4 wall. The car burst into flames as it slid down the racetrack, with safety and rescue crews arriving on the scene.
The safety and rescue crews extracted him from the car, and he was taken to the Houston Valley Medical Center for an MRI scan, and for further evaluations.
The MRI scan results confirmed that Derrick suffered a hairline fracture, also sometimes called a hangman’s fracture. His wife, Elizabeth, says that Derrick will be put in a Cervical collar for 3 months, which would put his racing career on hold. She states that “The worst words Derrick heard today was that he should never race again. Those words nearly killed him. But he knows he is very lucky to be alive.”
Derrick was released from the hospital a month later, where he later had follow-up scans.
On November 11, 2020, Derrick announced that he will be allowed to race again after being on a Cervical collar for 3 months. He stated “The days following my diagnosis were difficult for me; being told that I should never race again was hard on me considering that’s all I have done since I was 13 years old. Without knowing what the next days, weeks, and months would bring I continued to follow the doctors’ orders and if you know me that was a hard thing for me to do. On November 11, 2020 to my surprise, I was released by my doctor to race again.”