Gainesville: Morgan Lucas preview

Lucas practically giddy about Gainesville GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 11) -- Life is good for Morgan Lucas. His parents are Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, who founded Lucas Oil Products and turned it into an industry leader, one that sponsors his ...

Lucas practically giddy about Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 11) -- Life is good for Morgan Lucas. His parents are Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, who founded Lucas Oil Products and turned it into an industry leader, one that sponsors his racecar and many others. He recently became engaged to the beautiful Katie Pallone. His race team receives major funding from insurance provider GEICO Powersports, one of the most aggressive advertisers in the country, and he's off to one of the best starts of his five-year professional career.

"Everything is going great right now," Lucas said. "The only thing that needs to happen to make it better is turning on four win lights on Sunday. We want a trophy so bad it's ridiculous.

"I know a win is coming. Jimmy (Walsh, crew chief) has the dragster so consistent now and it's just a matter of time until we put it all together. I'd love for that to happen in Gainesville because it's a cool race, one that's been around a long time, and it's the next one on the schedule."

The 25-year-old Lucas is a solid fifth in the early-season Full Throttle points after a start that includes a semifinal finish in Pomona, Calif., and a quarterfinal result in Phoenix, yielding a race day record of 3-2.

"I feel as though we've got a little momentum and it's building," Lucas said. "We're also not resting on what we've done so far. Jimmy has some new parts and pieces he's introducing to our set-up this weekend and we're really excited about that. We also purchased a blower dyno to help with our R&D so we should start seeing some of the benefits of that over the next few months. It's an exciting time."

A perfectionist at his core, Lucas has been tough on himself for his last elimination-round tilt in Phoenix against eventual race winner Antron Brown, which could have been won on the starting line if Lucas had posted a reaction time of .060 seconds or better. His season average to date is a very respectable .067 seconds.

"My lights are something I take a lot of pride in," said Lucas, who has been as quick as .048 seconds this year. "I needed a great light against Antron and I ended up with my worst one of the year (.092). I'm wasn't happy about that at all so I've spent every spare minute I've had just hitting my practice tree over and over. I need to be automatic, especially with the new variable starting system they're using this year. I know more races than ever are going to be decided at the line and I want to take as many as I can."

-credit: mlr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Morgan Lucas