Morgan dropped by points leader, Langdon falls to parts failure
LAS VEGAS (April 3) – Larry Morgan was sure he had Jason Line beat.
During the first round of Sunday's Pro Stock eliminations at the 12th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, Morgan's Lucas Oil Ford Mustang was neck-and-neck with Line, who hadn't lost a round in 2011.
"When we crossed the finish line, I wasn't looking forward, I was looking at his win light," Morgan said. "The darn thing lit up. He just slid by me and beat me by nine inches, it's not that much."
Considering that in 2010 Morgan struggled just to race on Sunday that nine inches proved to be a major leap forward.
"We're happy we're not tearing the car up any more," Morgan said.
Morgan got a huge jump off the starting line, getting a .019 second reaction time to Line's .043. At the finish, Line crossed in 6.720 seconds at 204.82 mph and Morgan was 6.746 at 204.45 mph – a final difference of .002 seconds.
"We've just got to work on the car some more," Morgan said. "We're trying to work on it a little bit at a time, but that's hard to do when it's 50 degrees one race, 90 degrees the next, and you hope you have it right.
"We should start getting to tracks where conditions are more consistent. We've got a top-half car, we've got the power. It's just a matter working on the car."
Lucas Oil's other driver Shawn Langdon suffered a mechanical failure in the Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster which cost him more than the race against Spencer Massey.
Four of Langdon's eight cylinders gave up simultaneously shortly after the hit of the throttle, which ended his chances of beating Massey. The resulting oildown, as per the new NHRA rules, cost Langdon 10 Full Throttle Series points.
"It was another difficult loss," Langdon said. "I went into the weekend thinking we had a shot, but we fell behind in qualifying and never really caught back up.
"It's part of drag racing, you just have to take the good with the bad."
The final numbers were a 3.914 at 312.45 mph for Massey and a 4.661 at 186.18 mph for Langdon.
Up next on the NHRA Full Throttle Series schedule is the Visitmyrtlebeach.com 4-Wide Nationals, April 15-17, in Charlotte
-source: lucas oil racing