LUCAS EYES 'W' AT ROUTE 66 RACEWAY CHICAGO (June 6) --Lucas Oil Top Fuel driver, Morgan Lucas is making a move among the Top Fuel title contenders and at this week's CarQuest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway his plans are to make...
LUCAS EYES 'W' AT ROUTE 66 RACEWAY
CHICAGO (June 6) --Lucas Oil Top Fuel driver, Morgan Lucas is making a move among the Top Fuel title contenders and at this week's CarQuest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway his plans are to make up even more ground than he did at the Topeka race two weeks ago.
After slicing 39 points off current front-runner Doug Kalitta's lead with his fifth semi-final round finish of the season, Lucas feels there is even more to accomplish. Entering this weekend's action, he is fifth in the standings and only 143 points out of the lead, a margin that he knows is attainable, but only with consistent results.
"We just have to keep making rounds," said a determined Lucas. "That's what the championship is based off of. We need to increase our winning percentage. We hope we can become the NHRA's next first-time winner and Chicago would be a perfect place for that to happen.
"Last year I was nervous and intimidated by it all. Now with more races under my belt, I can't wait to get back to Route 66 Raceway. It's a great racetrack that has great traction along with a great facility. This would be good time for us to hit a racing hot streak that could turn the season around and Route 66 could be just the ticket to pave our way. As long as we keep our team in championship contention and stay in the points chase, then we can see the potential is there and from that point on that's what we have to do to be title contenders
The Lucas Oil - Joe Amato owned team is ready to step up their program and make Morgan Lucas the NHRA's newest winner. He has reached the final round three times in only 17 career races, but has come up shy thus far in the money round. With the Chicagoland-based track displaying unbelievable grip, this weekend could be a life changing experience for the 21-year old Riverside, Ca resident.
"Wayne (Dupuy, crew chief) is making more power than he ever has before," said Lucas. "He's a magician with this car. I'm confident about the way we'll run and that we'll be fine going into this race. It would be nice to get a 'W' for the guys at Route 66 -hopefully everything will work out fine."
Qualifying for the CarQuest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals starts on Friday, June 10 with sessions at 4:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday's sessions are on the schedule to run at 12:30 and 4 p.m. with Sunday's eliminations starting at 11 a.m., Sunday, June 12.