Richmond: Morgan Lucas preview

Coming off a big win, Lucas reaching for another level of performance RICHMOND, Va. (Oct. 8) -- Just a few days removed from this third victory of the 2009 season, Top Fuel driver and team owner Morgan Lucas says his two-car operation's recent...

Coming off a big win, Lucas reaching for another level of performance

RICHMOND, Va. (Oct. 8) -- Just a few days removed from this third victory of the 2009 season, Top Fuel driver and team owner Morgan Lucas says his two-car operation's recent string of successes has only motivated his group to reach for more.

"Our business is winning races; we don't do this to finish second," he said. "We'd like to have both our cars finish in the top five in the Countdown to 1, get Shawn (Langdon, teammate) the Auto Club Rookie of the Year award, and get him a win before we're done. But a lot of big moves have to be made and we have to be on our game. It all starts this weekend in Richmond."

With only a few days to celebrate Monday's win in Memphis, Tenn., Lucas and his GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster team head to at Virginia Motorsports Park for this weekend's fourth annual Virginia NHRA Nationals, which begins with two qualifying sessions at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Friday.

"We want to win Richmond as much as any of the rest of the races," said Lucas, who at 25 years old is the youngest driver in the nitro ranks. "We've won a couple of rounds in Richmond, nothing to brag about, but we're on a roll right now so maybe that will change. What I do know is that the track is awesome and can produce some huge numbers, so it should be a lot of fun."

Currently, Lucas is fifth in the Full Throttle points, 133 off series leader Tony Schumacher, whom he beat in the final round at Memphis. Lucas' teammate Shawn Langdon is close behind in sixth place.

"When you win a race all you want to do is get back in the car and keep racing," Lucas said. "It's such an awesome feeling. I can't wait for Richmond to start. I really like that place. Plus, they build a cool playground in my buddy Eric Medlen's name for the kids. Anyone who supports kids and honors Eric, I support them.

"It's a shame it's our last year there, with the Civil War Museum and everything across the street, it's just a cool place. The fans are always great also. I guess we need to send them off is style with a big win."

-credit: mrl

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Morgan Lucas , Eric Medlen , Shawn Langdon