ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 13) -- In the great 54-year history of the National Hot Rod Association, there have only been 87 different Top Fuel winners. Entering this weekend's K & N Filters SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Lucas...
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 13) -- In the great 54-year history of the National Hot Rod Association, there have only been 87 different Top Fuel winners. Entering this weekend's K & N Filters SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Lucas Oil racing pilot, Morgan Lucas would like nothing more than to add his name to that impressive and elite list.
"To be the eighty-eighth different Top Fuel winner would be great," said the driver with three runner-up finishes in only 18 professional starts. "I don't know when it's going to happen. I hope it's soon. At this point, we just want to get round wins. That's what more important to me. I'm sure there are going to be a bunch of Keystone Automotive reps there, so hopefully we can get out on the track and put on a good show for them and do well at this race."
The team's focus is now solidly on Raceway Park, which is a track Lucas never has raced on. However, he has heard of its fast reputation.
"It's another one of the tracks I've never raced on until now," said Lucas. "We're looking forward to it just for that. I've heard it's one of the better tracks we race on. That's going to provide some pretty good elapsed times and speeds. The track is always good in those kind of conditions. We just need to turn some numbers over and we'll be fine.
"The summer is going to be pretty hard on the cars, so we want to capitalize on this weekend's conditions and see if we can run some 4.40s. We know we can show our car's potential with the perfect conditions."
Veteran crew chief Wayne Dupuy wants to perform well for numerous reasons, with the foremost of them being their home track advantage with the throng of Keystone Automotive representation and a block of Joe Amato fans in the area.
"It's been pretty fast over the years," said veteran crew chief, Wayne Dupuy. "The air at Englishtown is phenomenal. If the temperature is around the 70-degrees, you'll see some pretty fast cars. We're about 30 miles away from the ocean and that offers us sea-level conditions plus or minus 400 feet of altitude. Friday night should be a really good session.
"We did a match race there a couple of weeks ago with Doug Herbert and the track was really good. It's a hometown race for Team Amato and we're going to have a lot of Pennsylvania fans on hand, so hopefully we'll reward them with a good weekend."
Qualifying for the K&N Filters SuperNationals starts on Friday, June 17 with sessions at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday's sessions are on the schedule to run at 1 and 3:30 p.m. with Sunday's eliminations starting at 11 a.m., Sunday, June 19.