Charlotte II: Larry Morgan preview

Morgan plans on moving on up in Charlotte CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 15) -- Pro Stock veteran Larry Morgan has been hard at work since the U.S. Nationals, clocking overtime hours at his Newark, Ohio, engine shop and a nearby test track to make ...

Morgan plans on moving on up in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 15) -- Pro Stock veteran Larry Morgan has been hard at work since the U.S. Nationals, clocking overtime hours at his Newark, Ohio, engine shop and a nearby test track to make absolutely certain his Lucas Oil Ford Mustang Pro Stock car is fully prepared for this weekend's third annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.

"The car kind of got us in trouble in Indy," Morgan said. "We've made some changes, tested, and ran fairly well. We're excited to get down there and race. I love that track. It's a beauty."

In a season dedicated to transitioning from another brand to Ford's blue oval, the spring race in Charlotte was one of the bright spots of the season. During the 4-Wide NHRA Nationals, Morgan qualified well and ran his opponents very close in the unique format.

"I love going to any track Bruton Smith owns," Morgan said. "They've been awful good to me over the years. I remember winning up at his place in Sonoma like it was yesterday. He just builds the best racetracks, period, and when you can take that variable out of the equation it helps you get after other things."

Morgan said bad clutch discs were the major issue in Indy, so he scrapped ahis supply, got in a new shipment, and was able to make some great adjustments to the car while testing that he thinks will pay dividends in Charlotte.

"We're over those clutch parts," Morgan said. "We changed the suspension around a bunch and it helped it. We've been working on changing a lot of little things.

"We've got to make up for lost time. We've been within a hundredth of a second of the faster cars at times so we know we're making progress. Every race is a new challenge."

-source: lucas oil racing

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