Joliet II: Morgan Lucas preview

SEEING PINK, LUCAS EYES WIN IN WINDY CITY CHICAGO (Sept. 27) - In collaboration with the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Morgan Lucas will be seeing pink in honor of October being designated as "Breast Cancer Awareness Month". His pink-wrapped Top...

SEEING PINK, LUCAS EYES WIN IN WINDY CITY

CHICAGO (Sept. 27) - In collaboration with the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Morgan Lucas will be seeing pink in honor of October being designated as "Breast Cancer Awareness Month".

His pink-wrapped Top Fuel dragster along with NHRA Lucas Oil series Alcohol dragster rising star, Aaron Olivarez, as well as Super Comp visionary racer and Morgan's mom, Charlotte will all be clad in their 'Fuel for the Fight" livery.

"I'm certainly glad to be a part of the Breast Cancer awareness campaign," said the community minded Lucas. "The 'Fuel of the Fight' movement gives those who are cancer survivors a place in our pits to be recognized and applauded for their hard-fought efforts and reflects on the families of those who we've lost to this dreaded disease."

After an unplanned weekend off due to Hurricane Rita, he now has to refocus his attention to the quarter-mile. With only four races left in the season, he's right in the midst of the POWERade points race, trailing fourth place runner, David Grubnic by 42 points, and leading sixth place Brandon Bernstein by 31. Therefore, the Lucas Oil team will be trying to achieve maximum performance while maintaining the consistency he reached in his last race, where all his runs varied by only 27-hundredths of a second.

"We've been close to running 4.40s a couple of times since our first one in Pomona back in February," said Lucas. "Route 66 Raceway can hold those times and has more teeth in the track than any other on the circuit. To be competitive, we'll have to be in the 40s and that's the whole thing, we have to go for it.'

Striking fear into his other competitors, he's still a major player who centers himself around that elusive first Top Fuel win. He has three final round appearances (Phoenix, St. Louis and Denver) in 2005, for a total of five in his brief career of 27 races.

"That goal of winning a race has been set since the beginning of the year," said Lucas. "We still have four races remaining to do it, so I say why not? I'm looking forward to seeing what will happen.

"I think Jimmy (Dupuy, crew chief) will get a chance this weekend to show what he can do on a fast track. One of the reasons Route 66 Raceway is so competitive is that it's a flat surface that has very little bumps in it giving the cars more power to apply to the pavement. This Lucas Oil team will have their chance to shine and hopefully we'll run in the 4.40-rang, giving us a great qualifying spot while making us a factor in Sunday's race."

Qualifying for the O'Reilly Fall Nationals starts on Friday, Sept. 30 with sessions at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. with Saturday's qualifying at 12:15 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Sunday's eliminations start at 11 a.m., CDT, Sunday, Oct. 2.

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Series NHRA
Drivers David Grubnic , Brandon Bernstein , Morgan Lucas