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GEICO Powersports teams hope 11 is lucky number HOUSTON (April 10) -- Both GEICO Powersports teams in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series qualified 11th for Sunday's eliminations for the 23rd annual O'Reilly Spring Nationals on ...

GEICO Powersports teams hope 11 is lucky number

HOUSTON (April 10) -- Both GEICO Powersports teams in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series qualified 11th for Sunday's eliminations for the 23rd annual O'Reilly Spring Nationals on Saturday.

Morgan Lucas had a best lap of 3.939 seconds at 296.63 mph in the GEICO Powersports dragster. He said he hopes to get around Steve Torrence in the first round on Sunday to gain some points and give his teammates a shot in the arm.

"We're inching up closer to what we once were, but we're not quite what we were," Lucas said. "By no means are we comfortable where we are. We don't have the racecar we used to have, but we're working on it.

"It'll be nice if we can come out on top and go a couple of rounds this weekend. The guys need it more than anything this weekend."

Lucas is eighth in the Top Fuel rankings and could move as high as fourth with a strong Sunday showing.

Atop her GEICO Powersports Suzuki, Karen Stoffer is qualified 11th with a best of 6.945 at 190.43 mph. She'll open eliminations against No. 6 qualifier LE Tonglet, who went 6.910 at 193.79 mph. Tonglet will have lane choice.

"We had a couple of okay passes today and it was a lot better than we did in Charlotte," Stoffer said. "The GEICO Powersports Suzuki has tried to throw me off every run since we set the national record in Gainesville but she's back here in Houston and she's a little happier now.

"It's still spinning the tire pretty good so we're obviously having traction issues, but it's far better than it has been. The boys found an adjustment to make in the wheelie bar that seemed to work.

"We haven't been able to get down the racetrack like we know we can, but at least we're making strides. Anything can happen on race day, so all-in-all we're feeling optimistic about tomorrow."

Stoffer currently is sixth in the points, three rounds out of the lead.

-source: powersports

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Series NHRA
Drivers Karen Stoffer , Morgan Lucas , Steve Torrence , LE Tonglet