Morgan thrilled with team's progress, and tour's latest winner ATLANTA (May 12) -- Heading into this weekend's 30th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, 55-year-old veteran drag racer Larry Morgan isn't sure...
Morgan thrilled with team's progress, and tour's latest winner
ATLANTA (May 12) -- Heading into this weekend's 30th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, 55-year-old veteran drag racer Larry Morgan isn't sure what he's more excited about -- the recent progress he's made with his Lucas Oil Ford Mustang Pro Stock car or 66-year-old Warren Johnson winning the recently completed St. Louis event.
"I got a real kick out of Warren winning that race," Morgan said. "He proved us old goats can still win these darn things. Between him and John Force (61 years old), it's practically a requirement to be an old fart these days. I think it's really cool, and it was neat to see the fans react so positively to him. He's a legend.
"At the same time, we're just about as exciting as can be with our race team. For the first time this year we didn't hurt a darn thing on any of our motors in between races.
"We discovered a valve train issue just before St. Louis and the car showed a lot of promise there and now we're real sure that's what was hurting pistons earlier this year. The camshaft was moving around so much it was throwing everything out of line. That's all fixed now and we're ready to race."
Morgan knows a strong outing at a race he won 20 years ago could lift him back into the top 10 of the Full Throttle championship points standings.
"We have the horsepower to qualify in the top half of the field," Morgan said. "If we could do that, it would be a great first step.
"The weather could be a big factor because it's supposed to be really hot. That usually plays to the favor of the chase pack. Our main goal will be to come out of the trailer and make a good, solid opening pass. Then we can tune from there and hopefully get that top-half berth.
"Who knows, we might be able to get another win for the oldtimers!"