Dallas: Lucas Oil Racing final report

Morgan moving in the right direction in Texas DALLAS (Sept. 26) -- After a summer full of frustration, Larry Morgan's Lucas Oil Ford Mustang Pro Stock car is finally competitive. After qualifying fourth in the field on Saturday, Morgan won...

Morgan moving in the right direction in Texas

DALLAS (Sept. 26) -- After a summer full of frustration, Larry Morgan's Lucas Oil Ford Mustang Pro Stock car is finally competitive.

After qualifying fourth in the field on Saturday, Morgan won an elimaintion round and said was a better shift away from winning a second Sunday at the O'Reilly Super Start Batteries Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex.

"For the most part, we had a good weekend," Morgan said. "I feel really good about going into the last races of the season."

Morgan's Lucas Oil teammate Hector Arana had a shorter weekend. Arana has been chasing engine troubles the past few races and lost in the first round on Sunday.

Morgan beat Vieri Gaines in the first round on a holeshot with a pass of 6.633 seconds at 207.24 mph after a .039 second reaction time. Gaines ran a 6.628 at 208.84 mph with a .096 reaction time.

Up next was Shane Gray. Once again Morgan had the advantage off the line, but Gray had more power under the hood. Gray ran a 6.601 at 208.36 mph to Morgan's 6.623 at 207.02 mph.

"I just didn't drive it like I should have," Morgan said. "I shifted it too quickly in low gear. That probably cost me, because the final margin was .005 seconds at the light."

Arana and the Lucas Oil Buell squared off against David Hope in the opening round. Arana was slow off the line and his 7.082 second pass at 182.01 mph wasn't enough to overcome Hope's .057 second advantage at the line and a 7.128 at 179.42 mph.

"We just need to figure out what's really going on," Arana said. "With the problem we've been having we've been tuning to it, and we just have to retune everything and start over again.

"Hopefully we can find this problem. It's a shame it's happening in the Countdown when it's most important. Sometimes that's how it goes."

Arana, the defending class champion, fell to seventh in the season standings, but he is less than one round of racing outside the top five.

Next for Morgan and Arana is the Oct. 8-10 Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals from Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa.

-source: lucas oil racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Vieri Gaines , David Hope , Shane Gray