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OLD TRACK BRINGS NEW IDEAS FOR LUCAS OIL RACING COLUMBUS, OH (May 16) -- The 42nd annual Pontiac Performance Nationals at National Trail Raceway is one of the longest running events on the NHRA tour, but it's still brand new to the crew of...

OLD TRACK BRINGS NEW IDEAS FOR LUCAS OIL RACING

COLUMBUS, OH (May 16) -- The 42nd annual Pontiac Performance Nationals at National Trail Raceway is one of the longest running events on the NHRA tour, but it's still brand new to the crew of the Lucas Oil racing dragster driven by Morgan Lucas. Since venturing on his own in 2006, Lucas and his talented co-crew chief duo of John Stewart and Ronnie Thompson, who have been behind the scenes engineering the performance level, are working together combining their numerous years of experience to the innovative team.

"We're going into this event a little green because we don't have any information at National Trail Raceway," said Lucas, whose father, Forrest owns the team. "I like the area and it's a fun place to be, but our primary goal is to show some performance right off the bat in our first qualifying session and carry it through the whole weekend. We can't make any promises, but I think it will turn out to be a good weekend. We just need to go from A to B without hurting it eight times in a row."

Lucas is entering the stretch of the NHRA season that will either make this season into a dedicated run for the championship or the pursuit of victory while working on next year. With a third of the 23-race NHRA tour completed, Lucas find himself seventh in the POWERade points and he knows that it is time he to ramp his Lucas Oil team's accomplishments up a notch, improving to a more consistent and competitive pace.

Those decisions will ultimately come with time, but for now, the dedicated Lucas Oil squad is giving 100 percent of their effort towards getting back in the thick of the points race. Making repeated testing and race runs on their 8,000-horsepower dragster is only true way to find out its ability.

"There's no way to accumulate a comprehensive tuning baseline that quickly unless you test 24-7 and no one has that ability. We'll just make runs as the opportunity presents and then try to learn from the data. Many times, it's an educated guess when we go to a new track. I think it's pretty much the same for everybody. Once we get it all figured out, things are going to run that much smoother.

When asked about his potential to win this weekend at National Trail Raceway, Lucas was straightforward with his answer.

"It's drag racing, you never know."

The start of the Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals begins on Friday, May 19 with qualifying starting at 5:30 p.m. (EDT) and 8:00 p.m. Saturday's time trials start at 1:00 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 21.

-www.morganlucas.com

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