CONSISTENT RUNS PLACE LUCAS SEVENTH IN BRAINERD TOP FUEL LINEUP BRAINERD, MN. (Aug. 13) -- Morgan Lucas guided his Joe Amato-owned Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster into the seventh starting position for Sunday's Lucas Oil Nationals at the Brainerd ...
CONSISTENT RUNS PLACE LUCAS
SEVENTH IN BRAINERD TOP FUEL LINEUP
BRAINERD, MN. (Aug. 13) -- Morgan Lucas guided his Joe Amato-owned Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster into the seventh starting position for Sunday's Lucas Oil Nationals at the Brainerd International Raceway. He recorded a 4.531 elapsed time at a great speed of 320.36 mph in the Saturday morning qualifying session, earning a position in the top half of the field for the 16th consecutive time.
In Sunday's first round, Morgan will square off against Doug Herbert, who he will be racing for the fifth time in 2005 (2-2) and seventh overall in his career (3-3). Lucas raced Herbert in the quarterfinals just two weeks ago in Sonoma, before bowing out with a red-light start to prematurely end his day.
"We'll just try to hopefully not make any mistakes as I did the last time, red lighting our chances away," said a confident Lucas. "The weather was completely unexpected today with the high temperature being 68 degrees and magnificent air. We have the motor tuned up now and the track is coming around. We had two good runs today running 4.531 and 4.534 seconds. That is incredible, but that does not buy you qualifying spots.
"Tomorrow, we'll step it up to run low 4.50 times and do whatever we have to do to win rounds. Getting by first round is going to be a tough one. You treat everyone like that; they're all just that good in Top Fuel."
Lucas is currently fifth in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings with 947 points, only two away from fourth position runner, David Grubnic. However, he also has to be careful to make sure that the sixth placeholder, Brandon Bernstein, does not win one more round than he does, as he is only 13 points ahead of him.
ESPN2 will air a two-hour qualifying highlights program at 6 p.m. tonight and on Sunday will produce a three-hour show of final round results starting at 6 p.m. ESPN2 will air final round coverage at 7 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 14.