Larry Morgan Joliet Saturday Report

Route 66 Raceway

Morgan makes the cut in last qualifying session

Lucas Oil Ford Mustang driver Larry Morgan could only smile at his change in fortunes.

In the last Pro Stock race in Norwalk, Ohio, Morgan had the best weekend of his season, racing all the way to the final round.

Larry Morgan
Larry Morgan

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But this weekend at Route 66 Raceway, the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Route 66 Nationals have been a struggle.

Morgan raced into the field in the fourth and final qualifying session, using his third engine of the weekend. He qualified 13th with a pass of 6.649 seconds at 207.27 mph and will face Shane Gray in Round 1.

"Friday night, on the last run, we burned a piston," Morgan said. "We're just running it on the edge, and that’s why it's running real well. We put another engine in today and burned a piston in it. This is the third engine. We're going to pull it apart and work on it and get it better."

Morgan was 13th after Q3 but was bumped out of the top 16 early in the fourth round. But the veteran racer sped back into the field in Q4 with a solid pass in difficult weather conditions.

"I'm so glad to get in, to get this Lucas Oil Ford in the show," Morgan said. "Boy, we had a time. But everybody here worked really hard, and we got it done.

"We were afraid to touch the engine after Norwalk. What a deal. But it turned out good. There were a couple hundredths left in that last run, so we feel good about it."

By: lucas oil racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Morgan , Shane Gray
Tags chicago, joliet, larry morgan, lucas oil, nhra, pro stock, route 66 raceway