LUCAS GEARING UP FOR CHI-TOWN SHOWDOWN CHICAGO (June 6) -- Morgan Lucas is gearing up to tackle the formidable CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals at the ultra quick Route 66 Raceway in hopes of climbing up a couple of spots on the Top...
LUCAS GEARING UP FOR CHI-TOWN SHOWDOWN
CHICAGO (June 6) -- Morgan Lucas is gearing up to tackle the formidable CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals at the ultra quick Route 66 Raceway in hopes of climbing up a couple of spots on the Top Fuel standings. Sitting only 11 points from the fifth position, the seventh placeholder in the NHRA POWERade system is thinking aggressively, looking for ways to turning his elimination round successes on Sunday into a coveted national event win.
The Lucas Oil crew is methodically putting a priority on winning rounds and with veterans, John Stewart and Ronnie Thompson as his co-crew chiefs, the young 22-year old driver is even more determined to make the upward swing, especially with the halfway point of the season rapidly approaching.
"We're getting to a point of the year when we need to be more aggressive in achieving the positive results to make up lost ground," said Lucas. "Everyone on our Lucas Oil team is taking our efforts to heart and their only reward is to see win lights on Sunday. I know they're ready to see four this weekend."
Lucas feels he has some unfinished business at Route 66 Raceway. Following a rare first round loss in last year's race, the young racer feels as if he left the Joliet area with a lot left on the table, performance he looks to regain this weekend.
"Route 66 is the one place you can apply the clutch, push it to the edge and end up with the results you desire," grinned Lucas as he thought about the promise of some quick runs. "That's why I'm excited about going there and getting our business handled.
Lucas' quickest run of 2006 so far is a 4.535-second pass in his second qualifying attempt in Phoenix. Heading to a smooth track with ideal conditions from the crisp, dry air Windy City, he knows the potential is there to eclipse that mark.
"We should see some of our best runs this weekend," said Lucas. "We've been steadily gaining on our engine tune-up, so we might be able to stretch it out at Route 66. We've dealt with some slick conditions lately, but if the weather cooperates this weekend, we could see a few records set."
The start of the O'Reilly Summer NHRA Nationals begins on Friday, June 9 with qualifying starting at 4:00 p.m. (CDT) and 8:00 p.m. Saturday's time trials start at 1:00 p.m. for the nitro classes followed by a second session at 4:00 p.m. The race starts promptly at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 11.