Indy ORP: Powersports Racing Sunday report

GIECO Powersports racers ready for productive day in Indy INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 5) -- The first few days of the 56th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil have been a roller-coaster for the GEICO Powersports teams. But Morgan...

GIECO Powersports racers ready for productive day in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 5) -- The first few days of the 56th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil have been a roller-coaster for the GEICO Powersports teams. But Morgan Lucas and Karen Stoffer said their vehicles will be ready when Monday's eliminations begin.

Lucas' GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster had a few mechanical troubles during the weekend, but when it made it down the track, it was running consistently.

"It showed some promise in the first couple of runs," Lucas said. "Third run, we had a tough break with the fuel line leaking on the starting line. The guys got it all back together and we ended qualifying on a high note."

Lucas qualified 11th in the field with a best qualifying run of 3.888 at 311.92. He faces No. 6 qualifier David Grubnic in the first round. Grubnic's qualifying best was a 3.823 at 314.97 mph. With the temperature expected to be significantly higher on Monday, Lucas said the U.S. Nationals could be anybody's race.

"It's tough not qualifying in the top half, but we've got confidence going into race day," said Lucas, whose car regularly put down runs in the 3.80s during qualifying. "We proved last year you can win from any spot. We won Memphis from the bottom half of the field. We'll keep plugging away."

Stoffer had troubles getting her bike to behave earlier in the weekend. She got the GEICO Powersports Suzuki straightened out for a best pass of 6.957 seconds at 192.17 mph, which was good enough for ninth on the ladder and a matchup with No. 8 qualifier Steve Johnson, who had a best lap of 6.946 seconds at 192.44 mph.

"It's a good thing we get the five shots at Indy," Stoffer said. "Had we not had it, we wouldn't be in the position we're in right now. We know our GEICO Powersports Suzuki can throw down one of those 80s numbers and compete the others out there. We were just behind the 8-ball.

"We went the right direction this weekend. We started off slow, but got quicker every time we ran out there this weekend."

-source: powersports racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers David Grubnic , Karen Stoffer , Morgan Lucas , Steve Johnson