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LUCAS RUNS HARD FOR WIN IN DALLAS DALLAS (Sept. 21) - After a sizzling performance at the Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa., 21-year old, Morgan Lucas comes to the O'Reilly Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex about as fiery as the Lone ...

LUCAS RUNS HARD FOR WIN IN DALLAS

DALLAS (Sept. 21) - After a sizzling performance at the Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa., 21-year old, Morgan Lucas comes to the O'Reilly Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex about as fiery as the Lone Star prairie heat.

Out of seven consecutive runs, the slight variance of times resulted for .027-hundreths of a second ranging from a 4.563 elapsed time to his quickest pass of last weekend's race of 4.536 seconds.

"It was quite the race weekend," said Lucas, who advanced to the Reading semi-finals before his Lucas Oil dragster lost to eventual winner Tony Schumacher. "We can race in Dallas with our heads high knowing we have an ET machine. Our team has a lot of passion about performance and what they showed last Sunday tells me that maybe a win is right around the corner.

"It takes four win lights on Sunday and we're back running hard. It would be more than I could imagine winning at the Texas Motorplex. Last year we raced to the semi-finals and all we need this year is to go one more round, so we're excited about our chances."

In addition, the NHRA POWERade points chase has boiled down to two different chases. The secondary battle concerns Lucas, who is stuck right in the middle, currently holding onto fifth, with fourth-place occupant, David Grubnic a mere 42 points ahead of him, while bearing down on Lucas from behind is sixth-place runner, Brandon Bernstein, who is 31 points in arrears.

"The battle for fourth is going to be a big assignment," said Lucas. "The only sure way for us to move up is to win rounds. We can't afford to lose any ground in this chase and we know that fourth is attainable. If we do our job at the starting line and have the power to back it up, then the competition will have to prepare for a hard fought race."

Qualifying for the O'Reilly Fall Nationals starts on Friday, Sept. 23 with sessions at 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. with Saturday's qualifying at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday's eliminations start at 11 a.m., CDT, Sunday, Sept. 25

LUCAS OIL RACING DRIVER NOTES:

Morgan Lucas has five runner-up finishes, which the responsive driver reached in only his seventh, eighth, 10th, 20th and 21st starts. He finished 16th in the 2004 NHRA Top Fuel Point standings with 502 points after competing in only eight races on the 23-race schedule. He is currently 353 points from the 2005 POWERade lead in fifth place with Lucas amassing a total of 1,139 points after the completion of 19 events.

In the June 6 edition of the renowned Sports Illustrated magazine, Lucas' Top Fuel dragster is featured on the 'American Speed' category section on page 65 displaying the various forms of auto racing.

Lucas' quickest elapsed time is 4.474 seconds, set on Feb. 12, 2005 at Pomona Raceway. He sped to his fastest mile per hour of 328.94 mph set on May 29 in the first round of eliminations at the 2005 O'Reilly Summer Nationals in Topeka, Kansas. He won his first Budweiser low qualifier on May 14 at Atlanta Dragway recording a time 4.541 seconds. Morgan Lucas' first Top Fuel event behind the wheel of the Joe Amato-owned dragster was the 2004 Lucas Oil Nationals at the Brainerd (MN.) International Raceway on August 15, 2004. DOB: November 27, 1983.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Joe Amato , David Grubnic , Brandon Bernstein , Morgan Lucas