Morgan Lucas Pomona II Saturday report

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Morgan Lucas, GEICO Top Fuel dragster off to strong start in Pomona

Morgan Lucas, GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil Dragster
Morgan Lucas, GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil Dragster

Photo by: Michael C. Johnson

POMONA, Calif.(Nov. 12) – Morgan Lucas and the GEICO/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster is off to its best weekend since the summer, making four full laps and qualifying fifth for Sunday's eliminations at the NHRA Finals.

"Our main goal was to get the car qualified and get down the track as much as possible," Lucas said. "Dating back to our Vegas test, we've now made seven good runs in a row without blowing anything up."

Lucas was solid from the beginning of the weekend, making a lap of 3.838 seconds at 317.87 mph and backing it up with runs of 3.877and 3.905 before rains washed way the final qualifying session on Saturday evening.

"We were planning in this last session to step on it pretty hard to see what we could get out of it," Lucas said. "The weather didn't hold up long enough."

Lucas, who won the season opener in Pomona in February, squares off against Troy Buff in the first round Sunday morning. Buff qualified in the No. 12 spot with a best lap of 3.892 at 307.44 mph.

The quick, consistent runs were a huge relief for Lucas and the GEICO crew, who had failed to qualify for three of the previous four races.

"Nothing feels as good as hitting the 'chutes and looking up and seeing a decent run on the board," Lucas said. "I really feel bad for my teammate Shawn Langdon and his guys. The rain kept them from their last chance.

"They were doing great and they just stumbled a little bit this weekend. I'm happy to be racing on the last Sunday of the year and maybe we can bookend the season with wins."

Langdon, who is driver the Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster, was not in the top 12 after the first two rounds of qualifying, so his best time was thrown out. He wasn't able to get down the track in Q3, and didn’t get a chance for the redemption run at the end of the night.

"We knew going into the weekend that the weather would be iffy," Langdon said. "We just didn't get it done. It seems what happened is about par for the way our season went this year. If anything could go wrong, it did; if we got any luck, it was bad."

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