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Top Fuel racer Lucas nervous heading into Vegas competition LAS VEGAS (March 31) -- Top Fuel racer Morgan Lucas admits he's a little nervous heading into this weekend's 10th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor...

Top Fuel racer Lucas nervous heading into Vegas competition

LAS VEGAS (March 31) -- Top Fuel racer Morgan Lucas admits he's a little nervous heading into this weekend's 10th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, although his trepidation has nothing to do with driving his 8,000-horsepower GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster.

"A team of us are competing in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships against the best bowlers in the country on Thursday and I'm seriously stressing about it," said the 25-year-old Lucas, the youngest professional in the nitro ranks. "We're definitely hitting the lanes at home before we fly out. I don't want to embarrass myself.

"I'm way more nervous about this bowling tournament than I've ever been about a drag race. I have confidence in my race team but my bowling is another story."

Lucas is actually a very competent bowler, carrying a 160 average with a career-high game of 268. He's also doing pretty well on the drag strip this year as he arrives in Sin City ranked sixth in the world after recording round wins at every race thus far.

"If there's one thing I've learned in my first five years out here it's that you can't make drastic moves and expect good results," Lucas said. "We got onto a good, consistent tune-up towards the end of last year and we've been going rounds ever since. Our crew chief Jimmy Walsh is very methodical and he's real happy with the tune-up. We're really fine-tuning at this point.

"I know a win is just around the corner for us. The vibe on the team is so good. I have my best crew ever. The GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil guys and the Lucas Oil/Dixie Choppers guys all help each other out. We're two cars but we're really one big team."

-credit: mlr

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