Las Vegas II: Morgan Lucas preview

New tuner and new car gives Lucas a new 'tude heading into Vegas LAS VEGAS (Oct. 25) -- GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster driver Morgan Lucas will arrive at this weekend's 10th annual Las Vegas Nationals with a new attitude thanks to new...

New tuner and new car gives Lucas a new 'tude heading into Vegas

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 25) -- GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster driver Morgan Lucas will arrive at this weekend's 10th annual Las Vegas Nationals with a new attitude thanks to new crew chief Dickie Venables and some new pipe from Brad Hadman chassis.

"It's a fresh start for us," said Lucas, the youngest professional in the nitro ranks. "It's the end of the 2010 season but for us we're starting fresh and our eyes are set on the future.

"There's no pressure on us. My expectations are reasonable -- I'm thinking the car will be quick and we'll get down the track. When race day rolls around we should be able to contend for round wins.

"The real focus is on preparations for 2011. We're going hard at it next year and we fully anticipate a big season for GEICO Powersports, Lucas Oil, Toyota, MavTV and all our other sponsors. The wheels are in motion."

Lucas signed Venables and assistant crew chief Kurt Elliot when he returned from the NHRA's last stop in Reading, Pa. He said having the two-time world champion around the shop the last few weeks has invigorated the two-car Morgan Lucas Racing camp.

"Having had the chance to spend time with Dickie and just hang out with the guy I'm really convinced he's the right person for this job," Lucas said. "He's a practical thinker and his approach is very methodical and precise. He's a smart guy.

"Him and Kurt have fit right in with the GEICO crew and the guys on Shawn (Langdon's Lucas Oil dragster.) Dickie and Stewie (Langdon crew chief John Stewart) are old friends and the new chassis we have is a twin to Shawn's car so we should be able to help each other better than we ever have in the past."

Prior to the race, Lucas will get his blood pumping as part of the "Troxel Challenge" -- a 108-story plunge off the Stratosphere Tower that will raise money for Speedway Children's Charities. The event has grown since Lucas first signed on and will now include driver's from the Pro Stock ranks trying to raise more money than their nitro counterparts.

"The Pro Stock guys don't usually do enough to get their heart rate up so I can see why they want to jump of the tower," Lucas said with a laugh. "Compared to driving a Top Fuel dragster at 320 mph, this is sissy stuff. In all seriousness, as long as we raise a bunch of money for Speedway Children's Charities it's all good. I'm looking forward to the jump."

-source: lucas oil racing

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