Englishtown: Morgan Lucas preview

Lucas drawing on New York City's energy for E-town gameplan ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 7) -- Top Fuel driver Morgan Lucas grew up in small towns in Indiana and California so it's natural for him to be a little awestruck by New York City and the ...

Lucas drawing on New York City's energy for E-town gameplan

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 7) -- Top Fuel driver Morgan Lucas grew up in small towns in Indiana and California so it's natural for him to be a little awestruck by New York City and the massive surrounding metropolitan area. Yet over time, his travels on the NHRA tour have opened his eyes to the rest of the world and he's become savvy enough to draw strength from a city as vibrant as the Big Apple.

The sport's youngest nitro driver now hopes to lock into NYC's power grid and carry some of that raw energy into this weekend's 41st annual United Association NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

"There's always a buzz for this race because we're so close to New York, the greatest city in the world," said Lucas, the 26-year-old driver of the GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster. "We like to come in early and make sure we have time to tour around the city and see the sights. I love it -- Central Park, Times Square, Tribeca, Wall Street, Little Italy -- it's so diverse.

"The people in this area are so passionate and they know their drag racing. Being from the northeast they're not afraid to speak their minds and they'll tell you to get out there and pick up your game. I draw a lot of motivation from that. I like to be challenged and we probably need to be challenged from time to time to make sure we keep pushing ourselves."

Lucas also plans to put his best foot forward for title sponsor GEICO Powersports, whose headquarters are in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

"This is the first stop of the year where we're fairly close to GEICO's offices so want to make sure we put on a great show for the various executives and associates that come to the track," Lucas said. "It's one thing to have their name on the side of the car but our relationship with GEICO Powersports goes much deeper than that because we've become friends with so many people there. It's such a cool deal.

"It's definitely time for us to make a move with the car. We've been showing great signs of improvement at times and I believe we're on the verge of breaking through. Hopefully it will start this weekend. I can't think of a better place than New York to turn flip the switch."

-source: powersports/lor

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