ONE OUT OF FIVE DRIVES PUTS LUCAS IN THE MONEY ROUND BRAINERD, MN (Aug. 7) -- In the span of one year since making his professional debut at Brainerd International Raceway, Lucas Oil Racing driver, Morgan Lucas has run a total of 57 rounds in...
ONE OUT OF FIVE DRIVES PUTS LUCAS IN THE MONEY ROUND
BRAINERD, MN (Aug. 7) -- In the span of one year since making his professional debut at Brainerd International Raceway, Lucas Oil Racing driver, Morgan Lucas has run a total of 57 rounds in NHRA POWERade Top Fuel competition, compiling a 34-23 record. The self-taught driver from Riverside, Calif. has made five final round appearances in just 23 races giving him a phenomenal 22 per cent average or one out of every five drives since he first touched the wheel of the Joe Amato-owned dragster has resulted in a trip to the money round.
This weekend, he will look to increase that percentage at the Lucas Oil Nationals on Aug. 11-14. With only eight races remaining on the racing calendar, he's now relying on his own experience on the NHRA tour to measure his success. Sitting fifth in the POWERade Top Fuel standings, only two points away from fourth, he has his options in front of him. As if that were not enough, he's still in pursuit of that elusive first Top Fuel win on the NHRA tour.
"We won it last year in the Alcohol car," said Lucas, who is looking to equal his sportsman success in the professional ranks. "We were fortunate enough to qualify fifth in the Top Fuel car with a 4.595 time, but we were unlucky and lost in the first round. I think we can come back this year, have a good showing and finish up our business on the track."
Coming to Morgan's aid are his co-crew chiefs, Jim Dupuy and John Stewart. This duo has obtained the consistency necessary to win by staying on par with their racing program. They know Brainerd is another one of those tracks that will be difficult to negotiate under the scorching August sun, and are prepared to adjust accordingly.
"The weatherman is calling for some hot temperatures coming up this week," acknowledged Lucas. "I think that alone will set the tone in qualifying and the race. I still feel a 4.52 E.T. or a number in that range will be what we'll be shooting for. The race pace will be whoever can get down the track the quickest and that's not an easy thing to say."
Backed by a solid crew and armed with a fast race car, the young driver arrives in Minnesota ready to climb that final step and join the ranks of winners in the Top Fuel category.
"I'm extremely pleased by our recent performance," smiled Lucas. "They keep plugging along and making consistent laps. I slipped up in Sonoma, but that's all right, we'll come back in Brainerd and be strong there."
Qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals starts on Friday, August 12 with sessions at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. with Saturday's qualifying at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Sunday's eliminations start at 11 a.m., CDT, Sunday, August 14.