Phoenix: Morgan Lucas preview

LUCAS EYES WIN IN THE DESERT PHOENIX (Feb. 20) - After last year's runner-up performance in the Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals, Lucas Oil's Top Fuel driving star, Morgan Lucas has set his expectations just a notch higher this year, ...

LUCAS EYES WIN IN THE DESERT

PHOENIX (Feb. 20) - After last year's runner-up performance in the Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals, Lucas Oil's Top Fuel driving star, Morgan Lucas has set his expectations just a notch higher this year, and anticipates scoring a breakthrough win this weekend at Firebird Raceway.

On the heels of his semi-final finish in the season-opening Winternationals two weeks ago, the 22-year old hopes to walk out of the track after Sunday's race with at least the Top Fuel points lead, if a win isn't in his future. He only trails points leader, Melanie Troxel by 41 points.

"We've gotten the season off to a great start, but now we have to maintain that momentum and keep going rounds," stated Lucas of his consistent dragster. "We finished in the runner-up position last year in Phoenix, so we know what it takes to get to the finals. All we need is a little luck, so we can take home our first victory."

Lucas has already established a bond with the quarter-mile track at Firebird Raceway, having recorded a stout 4.52-second run in preseason testing, so he knows he has the car to get the job done.

"John Stewart and Ronnie Thompson have assembled a talented group of guys and this place seems to likes me, for a reason I can't figure out just yet," said Lucas. "We have had a great amount of success here in such a small amount of time and, we want to show our consistency in the race this weekend and get back in the final."

Lucas is currently third in the Top Fuel POWERade points tally, tied for position with 71 points. After finishing fifth in 2005's battle for Top Fuel supremacy, he completely recognizes that his ascension in the standings is going to be based strictly on performance.

"When Stewart and I were paired together for five races last year, we reached the final twice (St. Louis and Denver)," said Lucas. "That's the kind of consistency we need early in the season, so we won't have to play catch-up in the fall. No matter what happens, we need to bring our "A" game to the line every time".

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Series NHRA
Drivers Melanie Troxel , Morgan Lucas