Morgan Lucas Topeka Saturday Qualifying Report

Heartland Park Topeka

Lucas says the launch is the key to winning Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. – Morgan Lucas put the GEICO/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster No. 11 in the elimination field Saturday at the NHRA Summer Nationals. The seasoned pro from Indianapolis was cautiously optimistic with his team's effort at a track that has seen wildly varying weather conditions through out the first two days of the event.

"No matter what's happened up to now, I know that if I do my job on the starting line and the car runs well, we'll come out on top tomorrow," Lucas said.

Lucas' best pass was a 3.908-second run at 308.21 mph in a weekend where the team was experimenting with ways to get through the first third of the track quicker.

Morgan Lucas
Morgan Lucas

Photo by: Ted Rossino

"We've been trying some things with the car," Lucas said. "We've just not been hitting it the way we want it to. We've seen gains in our 60-foot and 330 times, so the car is inching the right way.

"Our 60-foots haven’t been very good so we've had to try to run hard to the 330. If we improve those early numbers it's going to help everything all the way down the track."

The youngest full-time pro in the nitro class, the 27-year-old Lucas opens against No. 6 qualifier Doug Kalitta, whose best qualifying run was in 3.841 seconds at 320.36 mph.

"Dougie is going to be tough," Lucas said. "Those Kalitta cars can run really good. We're going to have to be on our toes."

Weather conditions at Heartland Park Topeka have varied greatly through the first two days of the event, but Lucas said that he's not complaining a bit.

"These have been some of the best conditions we've ever had in Topeka," Lucas said. "I've never been here where it's not be hot and humid. These have been some of the best track conditions we've seen all year."

-source: powersports racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Morgan Lucas
Tags summer nationals. powersports, top fuel