Seattle: Lucas Oil Racing Saturday report

Lucas Oil drivers look to make big steps in Seattle SEATTLE (July 10) -- Shawn Langdon got the Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster one step closer to the NHRA's postseason, The Countdown, on Saturday by qualifying No. 7 for Sunday's eliminations...

Lucas Oil drivers look to make big steps in Seattle

SEATTLE (July 10) -- Shawn Langdon got the Lucas Oil/Speedco Top Fuel dragster one step closer to the NHRA's postseason, The Countdown, on Saturday by qualifying No. 7 for Sunday's eliminations for the NHRA Northwest Nationals.

Lucas Oil's other sponsored car, the Lucas Oil Ford Mustang driven by Larry Morgan also qualified for the field in Pro Stock.

Langdon guided his dragster to a best pass of 3.993 seconds at 295.72 mph in hot and tricky conditions at Pacific Raceways. He draws No. 10 qualifier Terry McMillen in the first round. McMillen had a best pass of 4.035 at 292.01 mph.

"Out here, especially when it gets hot, lance choice gets really important," Langdon said. "It's good we qualified in the top half of the field."

A win over McMillen, who trails Langdon in the season points, would be a major step toward securing a berth in The Countdown with a few races to spare.

"We've got McMillen and (teammate Morgan Lucas) has Steve Torrence and they are both behind us in the points," Langdon said. "This really puts both our team cars in control of our own destiny. If we can go consistent rounds throughout the Western Swing we should clinch it easily.

"We're looking to claim our spot in The Countdown and improve our tuneup along the way."

Morgan qualified 15th in the Pro Stock field after a best pass of 6.725 seconds at 207.66 mph and faces off against No. 2 qualifier Johnny Gray who ran a 6.599 at 209.92 mph.

Morgan said the car really became a one-lane track for the Pro Stockers, and he added that he was going to have to come up with a new trick or two to get a win in that non-preferred lane.

"I'm trying to get my ideas together on what a guy would do get a win in the left lane," Morgan said. "The track is just so bad. It's not anybody's fault, it's just the way the track is. I think half the cars in the field didn't make good runs down the track this weekend."

Morgan added that if the track conditions cool off significantly on Sunday, it might prove to be the equalizer he's looking for.

-source: lucas oil racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Morgan , Johnny Gray , Morgan Lucas , Shawn Langdon , Terry McMillen