Brainerd: Morgan Lucas Racing Friday notes

Lucas Oil boys off to strong start at Lucas Oil race BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 14) -- Top Fuel drivers Morgan Lucas and Shawn Langdon started the 28th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Friday with an impressive showing of horsepower that placed them...

Lucas Oil boys off to strong start at Lucas Oil race

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 14) -- Top Fuel drivers Morgan Lucas and Shawn Langdon started the 28th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Friday with an impressive showing of horsepower that placed them both comfortably in the qualified field at Brainerd International Raceway.

Lucas did the best, running a 3.942 at 300.26 mph in his GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster. The pass placed him on top of the class for a period of time before he was pushed down to third in the last pairing of the day.

"I couldn't be much happier," the 26-year-old Lucas said. "I'm so proud of this team and my guys. There's something in the air this weekend and we're all just clicking. Maybe it's because we want to win so badly for Mom and Dad and all the people back at corporate in California. This is a big race for all of us with Lucas Oil on our uniforms.

"It was fun to be No. 1 for a minute. I thought it might hold but Cory (McClenathan) and Tony (Schumacher) sneaked around us. That's okay though because we qualified No. 3 in Atlanta and won the race so maybe it's our lucky spot. The main thing is the car's strong and we'll have a good starting spot on Sunday."

Lucas was quick to point out that Langdon would have challenged the top cars today if not for a dropped cylinder down-track that slowed Langdon's Lucas Oil/Dixie Chopper dragster down to a 4.101 at 254.86 mph, good enough for 10th place.

"The data shows we would have run at least in the mid-3.90s," Langdon said. "It's showing potential and with Morgan's car running so good Stewie (crew chief John Stewart) can get some ideas from Jimmy so we can pick it up tomorrow.

"They're saying it's going to get a little cooler every day we're here so we should be able to improve. I hope the weatherman is right this time, for sure."

-credit: mlr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Morgan Lucas