LUCAS SUFFERS SECOND ROUND LOSS IN TEXAS DALLAS (Oct. 9) -- Throughout its twenty years, the Texas Motorplex has been a veritable speed plant, consistently producing record-breaking times and speeds on the all-concrete racing surface. ...
LUCAS SUFFERS SECOND ROUND LOSS IN TEXAS
DALLAS (Oct. 9) -- Throughout its twenty years, the Texas Motorplex has been a veritable speed plant, consistently producing record-breaking times and speeds on the all-concrete racing surface. However, on raceday at the 20th annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals, Top Fuel driving ace, Morgan Lucas had too much power and ended up smoking the tires going down in defeat to nemesis, Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals.
After qualifying concluded on Saturday, he entered the race in the No. 6 position on the starting grid with a time of 4.509 seconds at a speed of 320.81 mph
Taking his task very seriously, Lucas squared off in the first round against opponent, Jack Beckman and defeated him with a solid 4.543 elapsed time with a speed of 323.04 mph to Beckman's languishing time of 6.125 seconds, 139.62 mph.
In his quarterfinal match up, Lucas once again found himself pitted against Tony Schumacher in a rerun of the Chicago quarterfinals from last week. Achieving identical reaction times (.076), both cars launched hard and lost traction almost immediately only to have Schumacher recover slightly quicker, allowing him to lead Lucas to the finish line.
"I did my best trying to get it to recover, but it wasn't quite good enough," said a determined, yet dejected Lucas. "Next time I'll try to be more patient with it. The Lucas Oil guys did a good job this weekend. We had a great first round and proved we can run with them. We have to stay in the points battle somehow, so we'll go on to the next race and we'll be okay."
Lucas' veteran crew chief, Jim Dupuy stated after examining his race data on the computer that overall he was pleased with his crew's performance.
"We were running well," said Dupuy. "We came out with our 4.50 in qualifying, but we were trying to run a 4.48, and we kind of got a little off-track from there. We decided last night to get back to what we know and let the car show it can run strong.
"Second round, it smoked the tires. At this moment, we're not really sure why. We had a couple problems we found looking at the computer and really haven't had time to evaluate it, yet. We all have our heads up. We've got a lot a stuff going on with the crew, but we're sticking together and that's what it is all about."
The battle within the POWERade points chase from fourth to seventh continues with Lucas holding down the sixth position, one point from fifth and only 17 out of fourth place.
The bright spot for Morgan this weekend was that the Top Fuel team along with his Lucas Oil series alcohol dragster counterpart, Aaron Olivarez won NHRA's 'Best Appearing Crew" for the 20th annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals.
Heading into the final two events of the 2005 NHRA POWERade Top Fuel series finds the Lucas Oil racing team marching to Las Vegas for the fifth annual AC Delco Nationals on "The Strip" at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway slated to run from Oct. 21 -- 23.