LUCAS OIL RACING LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK AT BRISTOL BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 19) --In a place called "Thunder Valley" Lucas Oil Racing's Top Fuel driver, Morgan Lucas wants to make a little noise of his own at the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley...
LUCAS OIL RACING LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK AT BRISTOL
BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 19) --In a place called "Thunder Valley" Lucas Oil Racing's Top Fuel driver, Morgan Lucas wants to make a little noise of his own at the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. Coming into the sixth race of the season, Lucas is in the fourth position in the POWERade Championship standings, trailing leader, Tony Schumacher by 87 points, but aims to bounce back in Bristol and narrow that margin when qualifying starts on Friday, April 29 at 5 p.m.
As a fan of many forms of motorsports, Bristol Dragway is one place the 21-year old Riverside, Calif. resident has always wanted to visit and his aspiration of running in Thunder Valley is a dream that is about to come true.
"I've seen it on TV a bunch of times," said Lucas. "I've always wanted to actually go there and take it all in. All of Bruton Smith's tracks are first class. This will be my first trip to Bristol and I think I'll have a lot of fun there. We would like to win one of these races and I feel it's coming up real soon. The Lucas Oil Racing team is running so well and what happened in Las Vegas last race was just a fluke. All that is on our minds is getting that first win and Bristol seems like a perfect place to make a little of our own thunder."
The young Lucas is in his first full year on the NHRA Top Fuel circuit although he is in his sophomore season and like any kind of development, he wants to continously improve and the more time he spends behind the wheel will be to his benefit.
"We're hoping to make Bristol our new favorite track, and right now we need to go rounds and keep up our consistency," said Lucas. "We're 87 points out of the lead (approximately 4 ½ rounds of competition) in fourth place. With the right fortune falling our way, we could easily climb back to the top. It's a long season and we still have plenty of races to make up the margin, but Bristol would be best to get our Lucas Oil team back on track. You have to run the car the way the car wants to run and I have to drive the car the way I feel I know how to drive the car. At Bristol, we just need to put it together and do it, so we'll be fine."
The start of the sixth annual Summitracing.com Nationals begin on Friday, April 29 with qualifying starting at 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. (EDT). Saturday's time trials start at 12:30 p.m. for the nitro classes followed by a second session at 3:30 p.m. The race starts promptly at 12 p.m. on Sunday, May 1.
LUCAS OIL RACING DRIVER NOTES:
Morgan Lucas has three runner-up finishes, which the responsive driver reached in only his seventh, eighth, and tenth starts. He finished 16th in the 2004 NHRA Top Fuel Point standings with 502 points after competing in only eight races on the 23-race schedule. He is currently 87 points from the 2005 POWERade lead in fourth place with Lucas amassing a total of 333 points after the completion of five events.
Lucas' quickest elapsed time is 4.474 seconds, set on Feb. 12, 2005 at Pomona Raceway. He sped to his fastest mile per hour of 326.40 mph set on the same qualifying pass at the 2005 CarQuest Winternationals in Pomona. Morgan Lucas' first Top Fuel event behind the wheel of the Joe Amato-owned dragster was the 2004 Lucas Oil Nationals at the Brainerd (MN.) International Raceway on August 15, 2004. DOB: November 27, 1983.