Dallas: Morgan Lucas preview

Tuning up his tune-up on Lucas' mind DALLAS (Sept. 20) -- GEICO Powersports Top Fuel racer Morgan Lucas has a few things he'd like to get done before the 2010 Full Throttle Drag Racing Series draws to a close four races from now. First, he'd...

Tuning up his tune-up on Lucas' mind

DALLAS (Sept. 20) -- GEICO Powersports Top Fuel racer Morgan Lucas has a few things he'd like to get done before the 2010 Full Throttle Drag Racing Series draws to a close four races from now. First, he'd like to win a race. Next, he wants to move up in the rankings and try to attain a top-five finish. And, third, and perhaps most importantly, he'd like to keep improving the tune-up in his 8,000-horsepower hot rod.

"They biggest thing for us right now is go to Dallas and keep progressing," Lucas said of his plans for this weekend's 25th annual O'Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals. "That's the best thing we can do to move this program forward. Top Fuel racing is tough. The competition is such that if you're off by a fraction it can appear that you're way off.

"We're making gains every time we go down the track. In Charlotte, we got it together, just not in time enough to make it count. We'll try to be more efficient in Dallas."

Like most drag racers, thinking about the Texas Motorplex conjures up one immediate thought for Lucas -- Billy Myer's all-concrete drag strip.

"I love the track," Lucas said. "If the weather's right you can absolutely pound on it and the surface will hold whatever you put down. Because it's all concrete the groove can be narrow, especially down track, so there's a premium on driving to the ultimate limit of your abilities, which I like. It keeps me focused.

"Dallas can be warm and tricky or it can be cool and perfect conditions. It's also deep in the heart of Texas, so you never know what the weather is going to do. We've got to go there and play it smart."

Lucas will arrive early Thursday morning for the event to take part in a special "Meals on Wheels" delivery to elderly people in the area who are signed up for the charity program. Then it's off to Splitsville in Arlington from 6-8 p.m. Thursday night for a fan appreciation bowling party.

"I love the Metroplex area," said Lucas, who at 26 years old is the youngest nitro professional on tour. "It's a fun place to visit and we're going to get a chance to meet some really cool people during our Meals on Wheels delivery and later at the bowling alley. Hopefully we can go to this race, have fun, perform well, and leave with a smile on our face."

-source: powersports racing

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