Lucas Oil Racing press release
GEICO/Lucas Oil dragster getting stronger under new leadership
DALLAS (Sept. 21) -- Morgan Lucas' time as both the crew chief of his GEICO/Lucas Oil Top Fuel and the driver will reach its third race when the NHRA tour arrives at the Texas Motorplex for this weekend's playoff race.
So far, Lucas appears to have figured out how to tune himself to consistent A-to-B runs, having successfully raced end-to-end in seven of 11 attempts since taking control of the tune-up. Now, he just needs to turn up the wick and get his elapsed times in a slightly more competitive range so his team will begin to be rewarded with win lights.
A lot of this is trusting in ourselves and staying with what we feel is the best course of action.
"We're learning how to keep the car in a happy range and get it down the track as often as possible," Lucas said. "The guys have really taken this project seriously and everyone is putting forth their best effort. We made five passes last weekend in Charlotte and only smoked the tires once so that was encouraging. We just need to get a little bit quicker so we can qualify higher on the ladder and put ourselves in a better position to win rounds on Sunday.
"A lot of this is trusting in ourselves and staying with what we feel is the best course of action. That's what we did in Charlotte and it paid off. Now we're methodically ticking off ways to inch up on a quicker tune-up without going over-center."
The all-concrete Texas Motorplex should be a perfect place for Lucas and crew to get after it as the track historically allows some of the sport's quickest and fastest passes.
"Unless it gets really hot you can really pound on that track and give it all the horsepower you can put together," Lucas said. "The groove can be narrow so the driver has to pay attention and keep the dragster dead straight, but it's there for the taking if you have any inclination to get aggressive."
Top Fuel qualifying begins with sessions at 3 and 6 p.m., Friday, with two more rounds scheduled for 11:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., Saturday. Eliminations are slated to begin at 11 a.m. Sunday. ESPN2 will carry all the action.