Morgan makes Bristol field in fourth and final qualifying session
A lengthy rain delay between the third and fourth qualifying rounds of the 11th annual Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals made for some anxious times for veteran Pro Stock driver Larry Morgan. But three and a half hours after he was supposed to make his final run, Morgan took one final shot at Bristol Dragway, and promptly raced from out of the field to the No. 13 spot with a 6.737 at 204.63 mph in his Lucas Oil Ford Mustang.
"The guys did a great job of not losing focus," Morgan said. "This car has been giving us fits all weekend so we used that rain delay to get to work and figure this thing out. We did enough to get in and the good news is there's plenty more in there so now that we know what we're doing we should be able to make a decent run at this thing tomorrow.
"The first two runs, we had clutch disks that were marked wrong from the factory, so we missed the clutch. The third run, I had enough clutch in it to pull my trailer down the track with me. And the last run, we just took a shot at it and made a good guess. We made a run, and it was good enough to get in. We feel good about that."
As the No. 13 qualifier, Morgan will open eliminations against Erica Enders, who qualified fourth with a 6.700 at 206.04 mph. By virtue of her quicker qualifying elapsed time, Enders will have lane choice over Morgan.
"I've got a lot of good friends who helped me get here: Lucas, Summit, Speedco, all the guys at the shop, all the guys who work real hard to make this thing happen," Morgan said. "When bad stuff happens, it's just tough. It's hard on everybody. We thought we were real prepared when we came here. We just had a disk that was marked wrong, and we didn't catch it.
"It was a little bit of a panic going into that last round knowing we weren't in the field yet and I was doing everything I could think of to turn my luck. I even went over and got a kiss from Kurt Johnson. I was that desperate. I guess I might need to try that again before eliminations."
-source: lucas oil racing