Lucas liking his chances in GEICO Top Fuel dragster
LAS VEGAS (April 2) – There's an old saying around the poker tables in Sin City that if you have a chip, you have a chance.
GEICO/Lucas Oil Top Fuel driver Morgan Lucas might start Sunday's eliminations at the 12th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals from the bottom half of the ladder, but he's never let that slow him down before.
"You can win from any spot, but you have to have a spot to win," Lucas said. "I've been fortunate to win rounds and races from the lower half of the bracket. We've survived so far this weekend and if the weather conditions come to us we'll be able to cause some upsets tomorrow.
"Our qualifying positions haven’t been a good reflection of the caliber of this team. It's just something we have to work on."
Lucas qualified 12th in the field with a best pass of 4.017 seconds at 266.69 mph on a weekend where conditions varied wildly hour by hour.
"Our guys are going to work really hard tonight," Lucas said. "We're going to make sure to make the car as perfect as it possibly can."
Sunday is expected to cool off considerably which will be a further challenge for Lucas, crew chief Dickie Venables, and the rest of the GEICO team.
We need to show up on race day.
"We need to show up on race day," Lucas said. "It's going to be totally different conditions. It's going to be a high altitude version of Pomona and that's good for us. We'll knock them out of the park tomorrow."
Lucas faces No. 5 qualifier Antron Brown in the first round of eliminations. He qualified with a best pass of 3.939 at 311.34 mph.
"We came in here trying to keep this thing from dropping cylinders, which is what bit us in Florida," Lucas said. "We changed a lot of stuff and we're circling in the right direction. We had a good run going last night, but it sheared the teeth of the blower belt and probably cost us a 3.96 run."
Eliminations for the 12th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals begin at 11 a.m. from The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
-source: morgan lucas racing