Topeka: Morgan Lucas preview

LUCAS STILL GOING STRONG Set Low ET and Reset Career Best Speed in 2005 TOPEKA (May 23) - For Morgan Lucas, his return to Heartland Park Topeka Memorial Day weekend's running of the 18th annual O'Reilly Summer Nationals is a...

LUCAS STILL GOING STRONG
Set Low ET and Reset Career Best Speed in 2005

TOPEKA (May 23) - For Morgan Lucas, his return to Heartland Park Topeka Memorial Day weekend's running of the 18th annual O'Reilly Summer Nationals is a sweet one. One year ago, he set low elapsed time of the race in Kansas at 4.502 seconds, his first time accomplishing that feat, and reset his career best speed of 328.94 mph in a spectacular first round pass.

That performance is the reason Lucas and his John Stewart and Ronnie Thompson-led Lucas Oil Racing team are so psyched about returning to the Sunflower State.

"We were low E.T. of the race in the first round last year," reminisced Lucas. "I'm looking forward to going back there. It's a pretty track, somewhat picturesque and I have a lot of friends in the area. The air can be very good and it becomes a quick racetrack when it is overcast and cool. Who knows, it's another week and you never know what could happen."

Running seventh place in the current NHRA Top Fuel POWERade standings hasn't diminished the 22-year old's enthusiasm and competitive spirit. He continues to keep a great attitude during this trying time and knows his team supports him.

"Everyone on the team still has their heads up," said a cheerful Lucas. "They are all saying let's do what we have to make this thing run better because we want to win. That is the kind of attitude that makes a difference. We need to look over the car right now and get ready to show positive results."

The young Lucas Oil Racing team is ready to do what it takes to build back their efforts and return Morgan Lucas back to prominence. Towards that end, they remained in Columbus and tested after the race, in hopes of finding improvement and consistency. They know it will take this type of dedication to get the team through their recent racing struggles.

The Topeka race is a pivotal one for the Lucas Oil team and Morgan hopes the good fortune from last year will spill over into 2006 with the knowledge the team has accumulated for the track providing a solid foundation on which to build.

"We're looking for good things to happen for this Lucas Oil team in Topeka," said Lucas. "We may be a first-year team, but we have such an educated group of guys that any down periods won't last very long."

The start of the O'Reilly Summer NHRA Nationals begins on Friday, May 26 with qualifying starting at 5:00 p.m. (CDT) and 8:00 p.m. Saturday's time trials start at 12:30 p.m. for the nitro classes followed by a second session at 3:00 p.m. The race starts promptly at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 28.

-www.morganlucas.com

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