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NEW LUCAS OIL RACING DRAGSTER WILL TELL THE TALE Young Racer Aims to Make 50th Professional Start at Texas Motorplex DALLAS (Sept. 19) -- Everything is always bigger in the state of Texas and NHRA POWERade Top Fuel driver, 22-year old Morgan...

NEW LUCAS OIL RACING DRAGSTER WILL TELL THE TALE

Young Racer Aims to Make 50th Professional Start at Texas Motorplex

DALLAS (Sept. 19) -- Everything is always bigger in the state of Texas and NHRA POWERade Top Fuel driver, 22-year old Morgan Lucas is living even larger as he contemplates this weekend's run in his two competitive racing machines.

His first concern will be his Top Fuel dragster, which his Lucas Oil team will unveil for the O'Reilly Fall Nationals this weekend. However, for this new car's first competitive appearance, the Indiana-based crew will also employ an innovative new strategy in the Lone Star state.

"We had been anticipating the debut of our new car last week in Reading. However, with the rain all that was postponed until this weekend in Dallas. This race should be interesting with the all-concrete surface and the power we can release on it. There's not a transition point on the track, so it's full throttle all the way."

With the rainout in Reading, Lucas now shifts his attention to the Texas Motorplex, where he hopes to qualify for what will be his 50th professional start. Reaching this mark will have taken just over two years after his initial start with Joe Amato Racing at the Lucas Oil Nationals on August 15, 2004.

"I hope to keep the record going," said Lucas. "We have a good team and as long as we can go from A to B, we'll be all right. That's the hardest part - getting it to go down the racetrack. The new car has great concepts built in it, and I think it should easily win a race if we give it what it wants. We just have to read the data feedback after the initial runs and learn from it."

Twice this season Lucas has won in his NHRA Lucas Oil Sportsman Series A-Fuel dragster and he wants to add another 2006 victory to his impressive list. This is the second time in Lucas' career that he has done double-duty driving at Dallas (2004). When questioned about keeping everything balanced with such a hectic racing schedule, Lucas is quick to point out, "It's not a concern. After all, we made it to the semi-finals with both cars before and hey, two cars gives me twice as much chance to win."

Lucas has a semi-final, a quarterfinal round finish in his two previous Dallas Top Fuel races, with his highest qualified position being the No. 6 slot with a pass of 4.509 seconds in 2005. His fastest speed was in last year's first round when he flew through the clocks with an acceleration of 323.04 mph.

-credit: www.morganlucas.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Joe Amato , Morgan Lucas