HOT PERFORMER, MORGAN LUCAS SET TO BATTLE THE MEMPHIS HEAT MEMPHIS (Aug. 15) -- --Coming off an uplifting semi-finals performance last weekend at the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Morgan Lucas is ready to turn up the heat for the 19th annual...
HOT PERFORMER, MORGAN LUCAS SET TO BATTLE THE MEMPHIS HEAT
MEMPHIS (Aug. 15) -- --Coming off an uplifting semi-finals performance last weekend at the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Morgan Lucas is ready to turn up the heat for the 19th annual O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park. From all indications, the Lucas Oil team could prove to be a formidable player as 'spoiler' in the NHRA POWERade points chase and, with the temperatures predicted to be in the mid 90s this weekend; the 22-year old driver is quickly becoming one of the hottest drivers on tour.
The typically muggy conditions offered in August are considered unbearable by most. In Lucas' case, however, he's looking forward to a Sunday evening drive.
"Yeah, it been that way both times I've been there," Lucas said, referring the blistering temperatures. "Usually, I lose a little weight and I don't think you can drink enough POWERade to quench your thirst. I have to stay sharp on the tree, stay collected, and overcome the heat. I won my first round win ever there in 2004, so Memphis will always feel special to me."
Not having to share the cockpit with his twice-winning 2006 A-Fuel dragster this weekend, Lucas will be able to devote his full efforts to his Top Fuel team.
"I'm going into this race with only one car on my mind instead of two and we'll be ready to rock'n roll," said Lucas. "We're fighting the car trying to find a few things and feel we are now getting a handle on the situation. We're confident we're a lot closer to where we have been and it's better."
The competition is tight and there's no room for error when traveling the quarter-mile at rocket speed. Lucas has been a student of the harrowing circumstances and is ready to be in serious contention for the win. The afternoon to evening event will be full of surprises, as tuners battle the intense heat trying to make incredible horsepower. Fortunately, Lucas' co-crew chiefs of John Stewart and Ronnie Thompson feel they are back on their game.
"There are a lot of guys out there running good," said Lucas. "Last year it was a matter of negotiating the track and we had a preview of what we will face in Memphis in St. Louis earlier this year. Going into the event, we just need to go up there and race our own dragster and stay focused on just the lane in front of me. Stewart knows the clutch and can study the track surface. Thompson has the talents and knowledge of tuning the engine in these conditions. We're set."