Lucas logs round win to lead the GEICO Powersports effort in Indy INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 6) -- Morgan Lucas won his opening round elimination race Monday in his GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster at the 56th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals ...
Lucas logs round win to lead the GEICO Powersports effort in Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 6) -- Morgan Lucas won his opening round elimination race Monday in his GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster at the 56th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil.
Lucas, who qualified 11th in the field, beat "Aussie" David Grubnic in the first round before falling to seven-time and reigning Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals at O'Reilly Raceway Park.
"I think we've made some improvements in the car the last couple of weeks," Lucas said. "It's more consistent now."
Against Grubnic, Lucas had a stellar .018 second reaction time and cruised to a 3.885 second lap at 312.35 mph. Grubnic had to pedal the car and crossed the line in 5.018 seconds at 139.79 mph.
Opposite Schumacher, the temperature got hotter and Lucas' car smoked its tires downtrack, allowing Schumacher to cruise to a 3.881 at 318.77 mph to Lucas' 5.904 at 112.44 mph.
"We're having that struggle when it gets a little warm. We can't seem to get it through the shake zone," he said. "We've just got to get the thing a little more calmed down through there. But I think we have a better idea of making it run when conditions are good.
"I think it's just a little thing we need to change to make it do what we want."
Lucas stays eighth in the championship standings and trails Antron Brown by 14 points.
GEICO Powersports' other racer, Karen Stoffer, wasn't as fortunate with the various issues surrounding her team this weekend. She chased parts problems during qualifying and in the first round Monday against Steve Johnson, Stoffer jumped the start by -.007 seconds.
"That right lane felt like it had a bit of a voodoo curse on it; the first three bikes in that lane all red-lit," Stoffer said. "We did our thing, but we were off on the tune up too.
"We learned some lessons this weekend. We had a lot of gremlins this weekend and we feel like we figured out one of them going into Charlotte. The mood is up because the bike goes straight. We feel like going into Charlotte we can keep the bike going straight down the racetrack without any issues."
Stoffer is eighth in the standings and trails Johnson by 61 points.
Up next for the NHRA Full Throttle Series is the Sept. 16-19 O'Reilly Auto Parts Carolina Nationals at Charlotte.