Charlotte II: Powersports teams final report

GEICO Powersports teams have rough ride in North Carolina CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept 19) -- Morgan Lucas and the GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster learned a lot during the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals but weren't able to pull it all...

GEICO Powersports teams have rough ride in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept 19) -- Morgan Lucas and the GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster learned a lot during the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals but weren't able to pull it all together in time to pull an upset Sunday against No. 1 qualifier Cory McClenathan.

"We were just a little too late," Lucas said. "We found out a lot about that we needed to do. We just didn't have the car as loaded up as we needed to."

The news on the GEICO Powersports Suzuki wasn't as cheerful either as Karen Stoffer lost on a hole shot in the first round of eliminations on Sunday.

Lucas struggled with the tuneup all weekend and was only able to make one full run during the four qualifying sessions, which limited the amount of data the team was able to collect on a track that was tricky.

"We just didn't have it tuned in the way we need it to," Lucas said. "Sometimes that happens when you get behind the 8-ball during the weekend.

In the first round of eliminations, Lucas ran a 3.967-second pass at 307.23 mph, which was just a tick slower than McClenathan's 3.872 at 318.09 mph.

"I think we made some of the right moves during the weekend," Lucas said. "We wound up backing it down so much. We needed to keep Cory honest, and I think we were able to do that."

Stoffer was riding high with a solid qualifying effort but couldn't overcome a near perfect light by Michael Phillips.

"Sometimes you can have a fast bike and cut a bad light and win, but 99.9 percent of the time, you can't do that. The good news is we've got it all straightened out and we've got a good, fast, straight bike, and I'm comfortable and confident with."

Stoffer ran a faster elapsed time -- a 6.968 seconds at 187.63 mph -- but gave up .234 seconds at the start to fall to Phillips' 7.090 at 185.64 mph.

"We should've won that race, but the driver didn't do her job," Stoffer said. "I went in and staged, and I lost focus for a split-second, and that's all it took. We had a bad light.

"That came down to a mental race. That was probably nerves that made me lose my focus, and drivers shouldn't do that. They should have nerves of steel."

The GEICO Powersports teams will get back on the track right away heading to Texas Motorplex for the Sept. 23-26 O'Reilly Auto Parts Super Start Batteries Nationals.

-source: geico powersports

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Karen Stoffer , Morgan Lucas , Michael Phillips