Frustrating day in Phoenix for Lucas Oil team cars PHOENIX (Feb. 21) -- The Lucas Oil-branded cars of Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon and Pro Stock veteran Larry Morgan did not produce the results the team was hoping for during Sunday's...
Frustrating day in Phoenix for Lucas Oil team cars
PHOENIX (Feb. 21) -- The Lucas Oil-branded cars of Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon and Pro Stock veteran Larry Morgan did not produce the results the team was hoping for during Sunday's elimination rounds of the 26th annual Arizona NHRA Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.
After several rain showers delayed the start of competition, Langdon's Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster lost to team owner and stablemate Morgan Lucas's GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster and later in the day, Larry Morgan's Lucas Oil Ford Mustang Pro Stock car damaged its engine and couldn't even make a run against Mopar ace Allen Johnson.
"It was just unfortunate for our team," Langdon said of facing his boss in Round 1. "On a brighter note it was good it happened against a teammate because Morgan got to advance a round. It's just kind of a bittersweet deal."
Langdon had the best reaction time of the round but the car's powerplant started to misfire pretty much from the start, hampering his efforts. Meanwhile, Lucas ran a pass of 3.843 seconds at 315.49 mph as Langdon limped across in 6.425 at 101.85 mph.
"We're upset," Langdon said. "We had a good opportunity to make a great weekend out of this. We made three great runs in qualifying and just choked in the first round. We misread the weather and misread the track. It's unfortunate for our team but for Morgan Lucas Racing as a group, it was good to see Morgan move on."
Larry Morgan qualified his new Lucas Oil Mustang 13th on the tricky surface of Firebird International Raceway and was looking forward to a great drag race against Mopar competitor Allen Johnson in the first round of eliminations, but it was not to be.
A mechanical issue during the prerace burnout silenced his mount before the race and although Morgan and his crew were disheartened, they remain convinced that trying to make the run wasn't the smartest option.
"Darn it, we burned a pushrod," Morgan said. "I felt it, and I thought about trying to make the run anyway, but I just couldn't make myself do it. I wanted to, but I just couldn't. I'm happy I didn't hurt anything. It broke my heart, but I'll be alright. We're going back to the shop and work on things, and we'll be good for Gainesville. I can't wait to get there, but for Lucas Oil and Ford, I would have liked to have done better here."
The NHRA Full Throttle Series takes a couple of weeks off before resuming its schedule, March 11-14, in Gainesville, Fla.