Lucas closing in on reliable tune-up; Langdon remains strong ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 12) -- Top Fuel's youngest pro driver, Morgan Lucas, posted one of his best passes of the year Friday night at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park to qualify No. 4...
Lucas closing in on reliable tune-up; Langdon remains strong
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 12) -- Top Fuel's youngest pro driver, Morgan Lucas, posted one of his best passes of the year Friday night at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park to qualify No. 4 at the 40th annual United Association NHRA SuperNationals. Lucas' teammate Shawn Langdon also looked sharp, putting his reliable Lucas Oil/Dixie Choppers dragster into the top half of the field once again.
Lucas rode crew chief Jimmy Walsh's tune-up to a 3.858 at 308.07 mph to earn the fourth slot for his GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster. The 25-year-old from Brownsburg, Ind., has only qualified with a quicker time on one other occasion this year.
"When the engine keeps all eight cylinders lit, we have great runs," Lucas said. "Now we need to make it repeat. Believe me, no one wants a consistent racecar more than the guys in this GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil pit. They're all as frustrated as I've been over the last few races. But we'll get through it together and we'll be better in the long run.
"Jimmy's mom has been sick lately and I know he's really wanting to have a big weekend because this track is close to home (Scranton, Pa.) for him. He's really been focused and pretty intense and he put together a great car for us tonight."
Lucas had a special guest in his pit all day as New York Jets linebacker Marques Murrell joined him at the racetrack.
"I feel like I made a new friend today," Lucas said. "What a cool guy. I know the NFL season starts to get crazy in another month or so but I sure hope Marques can come back out and hang with us again. He's always welcome in our pit."
Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Langdon has qualified in the top half of the field in nine of the first 10 races this season and he's hoping he can do it again at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Through Day 1, he's eighth with a 3.916 at 306.67 mph.
"We've had a great car all year," he said. "The only thing hurting us over the last two races were stupid little part's failures. Today nothing broke on either run so we're really happy. Maybe those little issues are behind us.
"It was great to see Morgan running well. I know that team has been frustrated but they looked awesome in Round 2. It's good to see the smiles on their faces. We're both in the top half and that's a great start. We'll see if we can get quicker tomorrow. All we'll need is a little cloud cover and it can definitely happen."
Saturday's final two qualifying sessions are scheduled for noon and 3 p.m.