ROLLER COASTER WEEKEND RESULTS IN QUARTERFINAL FINISH FOR LUCAS OIL RACING LAS VEGAS (Oct. 23) -- After scoring the second No. 1 Low E.T. qualifier of his career by running a time of 4.508 seconds, Lucas Oil Racing driver, Morgan Lucas...
ROLLER COASTER WEEKEND RESULTS IN QUARTERFINAL FINISH FOR LUCAS OIL RACING
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 23) -- After scoring the second No. 1 Low E.T. qualifier of his career by running a time of 4.508 seconds, Lucas Oil Racing driver, Morgan Lucas entered Sunday's eliminations of the ACDelco Nationals on 'The Strip' at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with high hopes of a great day.
Regrettably, his chances of gaining that elusive first win went up in tire smoke during his second round match up with David Grubnic.
His first round pairing against Joe Hartley had also become a tire-smoking affair rather quickly as Lucas and many of the other first round combatants lost traction. Fortunately, for the Riverside, Calif. native, experience paid off as he managed to quickly gain control of his wild ride and backpedal his way to the first round win with an elapsed time of 5.403 seconds, 300.86 mph to Hartley's time of 6.676 seconds, 150.61 mph.
Against David Grubnic, his quarterfinals opponent, Lucas' tire smoking woes continued causing him to be defeated after losing traction around 200 feet of the 1,320 feet that makes up the quarter mile distance, coasting in defeat as Grubnic ran a 4.555 elapsed time, 325.30 mph to Lucas' time of 10.404 seconds, 84.87 mph.
"This weekend has been an emotional roller coaster," Lucas said with a sheepish grin. "We draw No. 2 for the 'Big Bud Shootout' on Thursday night, and ran pretty good on Friday with a couple of 4.50 runs. On Saturday, I red light in the first round of the shootout and run awesome (4.525), ending up second quickest of the round. Then in the final round of the 'Big Bud Shootout' Schumacher shakes the tires and runs a 4.57 to win in the finals. We were the pair right before him, running a 4.50 and taking the No. 1 position. Okay, if were still in the running, we could have beaten him in the finals of the shootout. I know I made my mistakes, but the car ran good this weekend.
"Today we had some issues with the track prep and it's very screwed up. I feel on my part that it was very much ill handled. Nevertheless, you know that's racing and there's going to be days like this. He who recovers the best will have the best day. I had to pedal it the first round and it was somewhat exciting. My heart was beating really fast. We'll be back in Pomona and have one race left to win. It would mean more to me to win at home with the team I started the year with. It would be that satisfying."
Although Lucas maintained his position of sixth in the NHRA POWERade points standings with 1,304, he trails fifth-place runner, Doug Herbert by only 17 points (20 points per round) and fourth-place holder, David Grubnic by 51 points.
The NHRA season will wind down with the running of the last event of the season with the Auto Club NHRA Finals from the Los Angeles Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. on Nov. 3 -- 6.