GEICO Powersports racer Lucas finishes season with a flourish POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 14) -- For the first time in a long time the smiles came easy in Top Fuel driver Morgan Lucas' pit on Sunday. A semifinal showing compliment of wins over Bob ...
GEICO Powersports racer Lucas finishes season with a flourish
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 14) -- For the first time in a long time the smiles came easy in Top Fuel driver Morgan Lucas' pit on Sunday. A semifinal showing compliment of wins over Bob Vandergriff Jr. and Cory McClenathan in crew chief Dickie Venables second race with the team was just the elixir the GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil team needed.
"We had a good weekend," Lucas said, "I'm extremely pleased with it and it makes me really excited for next year.
"I haven't felt this good ending a season in a long time. There's still going to be a road to get the car exactly where Dickie and Kurt want to be, and I have some work to do to become a better driver, but as a team we've improved tremendously. We're going to do some damage next year."
Having the support of his family and the hundreds of Lucas Oil, GEICO Powersports, and Toyota employees on hand also made the day special, even after Lucas was retired by Antron Brown in the semifinals.
"It's so great to see the confidence and the positive outlook on my dad's face, on all the guys on the team, and everyone else involved with what we do," Lucas said. "Having a weekend like this is a good way to go into off-season and all the preparations that need to take place before the 2011 season."
A frustrating season for Lucas' GEICO Powersports teammate Karen Stoffer ended in the quarterfinals of Pro Stock Motorcycle when she lost on a holeshot to Underdahl. Stoffer's .057-second starting line deficit was too much to overcome on the strip, allowing Underdahl's 6.950 at 193.18 mph to beat her quicker 6.923 at 191.32 mph.
"Ultimately, we struggled this season," Stoffer said. "We came out of the gate strong and earned the national record at the first race but after that we had chassis issues that basically lasted until about three races ago.
"On the bright side, we've qualified well in the last three races. The bike has been going straight as an arrow. I wish I could have gone more rounds today because I know I had the bike. What's tough for me is being beat on a holeshot. No excuses there, an .80 light just isn't going to cut it.
"It's the first year since 2003 that we've had a Suzuki on the (champion's) podium. That's huge for our team and the class. It shows that the rule changes the NHRA made are working."
Earlier in the day, Stoffer handily beat a red-lighting Bailey Whitaker with a 6.937 at 189.79 mph.
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