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MORGAN LUCAS WINS ALCOHOL DRAGSTER FINALS ON A HOLE-SHOT SONOMA, CA. (July 30) -- Morgan Lucas returned to victory lane after winning the finals of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Top Alcohol division in the Fram/Autolite Nationals at Infineon...

MORGAN LUCAS WINS ALCOHOL DRAGSTER FINALS ON A HOLE-SHOT

SONOMA, CA. (July 30) -- Morgan Lucas returned to victory lane after winning the finals of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Top Alcohol division in the Fram/Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway for the third time.

After coming back to his drag racing roots taking over the driving duties of his family owned-Lucas Oil Alcohol dragster just a week ago challenged the Sonoma quarter-mile in adding to his impressive list of sportsman wins to 11. He furthered his number of wins at Infineon Raceway to three by winning his first NHRA race ever in 2002 and again in 2004 facilitating his statue in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing division before stepping up to the Top Fuel ranks.

Relinquishing his place in the pro division, Lucas quickly made quick haste by jumping in the cockpit of his Lucas Oil Alcohol A-Fuel dragster to continue his winning ways after a first round loss in his Top Fuel dragster.

Lucas focused on the light in his quarterfinals round and jumped his opponent, Mark Niver off the starting line (.063 - .102) to win handily, 5.300 seconds, 265.10 mph to Niver's trailing time of 5.361 seconds, 269.73 mph.

His semi-final opponent, Sean O'Bannon proved to be a formidable foe, but Lucas' stepped up to plate winning with a run of 5.368 seconds, 263.67 mph to O'Bannon's time of 5.423 seconds, 266.53 mph advancing to his 12th final round in Lucas Oil Drag Racing competition.

In the championship round, Lucas and Duane Shields paired up and on a hole-shot, used his starting line prowess and reacted first (.065-.076) to run a time of 5.400 seconds, 261.72 mph with Shields in arrears after he posted a quicker time of 5.396 seconds, 263.31 mph leaving the margin of victory to .007-of a second.

"I figure we play the odds and we got one," said a grinning Lucas. "I was pretty stoked when I won my first time ever in 2002 and we did it again in 2004 and now we won again in 2006. I guess we'll come back in 2008 and try it all over again. My A-Fuel team did great and actually some of my Top Fuel guys came over and help a little bit today and that meant the world to our team.

Charlotte Lucas, mother and co-owner of the Lucas Oil A-Fuel dragster driven by her son was delighted with the day's outcome.

"We are absolutely tickled to death," said co-owner of the Lucas Oil A-Fuel dragster, Charlotte Lucas. "He's having a ball. Definitely, a win was needed and Morgan, Forrest and I knew that it could happen. He's always been good here in Sonoma and it's wonderful to win."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Morgan Lucas , Duane Shields