LUCAS RACES TO BEST 2007 PERFORMANCE AT LAS VEGAS Acknowledges Eric Medlen's Spirit Riding with Him LAS VEGAS (April 15) -- Morgan Lucas raced to his best finish of the 2007 NHRA POWERade season with his dash to the semi-finals at the ...
LUCAS RACES TO BEST 2007 PERFORMANCE
AT LAS VEGAS
Acknowledges Eric Medlen's Spirit Riding with Him
LAS VEGAS (April 15) -- Morgan Lucas raced to his best finish of the 2007 NHRA POWERade season with his dash to the semi-finals at the eighth annual Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the spirit of his fallen friend and fellow drag racer, Eric Medlen riding with him all the way.
The 23-year old driver of the Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster is quite fond of LVMS, the site where he accomplished his first professional final round appearance in 2004 and it appeared his Vegas luck continued with a superlative performance as a result of his new crew chief, Rahn Tobler and car chief, Lance Larsen.
Lucas qualified in the No. 8 position when he recorded on Friday night an elapsed time of 4.556 seconds, 324.59 seconds.
In the first round of competition, Lucas defeated his teammate, Melanie Troxel in that round with a time of 4.547 seconds, 316.82 mph to her vigorous quarter-mile sprint of 4.611 seconds, 314.75 mph equating to a margin of victory for the young man of .0427-of a second.
Again, Morgan used his lightning fast reflexes (.043 - .079) to out distance himself from his good friend, J.R. Todd in a battle of Brat Pack bragging rights between the two with a solid run of 4.563 seconds, 324.83 mph to J.R.'s ET of 4.644 seconds, 313.15 mph, advancing the Brownsburg, Ind.-resident to his first semi-finals of the 2007 season.
The third round of competition proved to be his demise in eliminations against another fellow Brat Packer and personal pal, Brandon Bernstein. Lucas again left the starting line first (.062 - .088) and in a very close race, Bernstein, driving the Budweiser/Lucas Oil dragster ran quicker and won this semi-finals match up the tipping the scales in the favor of Bernstein to now 5 to 4 round wins in head-to-head competition with a small victory edge of .0117 of a second at the finish line. Lucas raced to a time of 4.585 seconds, with a booming speed of 326.16 mph to his opponent's winning time of 4.548 seconds, 326.95 mph.
Lucas is currently 12th in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel points standings with 183 markers after the fifth of 23 National events.
"I think Eric was helping each of us out today, one car at a time," beamed a smiling Lucas. "Actually he helped us out and we did ourselves a favor, also. Rahn has been a great addition to the team and the weather condition change today was about the person who was best prepared and I think we had a great race car. I think everybody had an awesome race car today; there was just a lot of good racing. We had a respectable time in the third round and (2-time Funny Car Champion) Frank Hawley has been working with me at the starting line and found a way to reduce a couple of hundreds off the tree. Hope I can keep doing that, but who knows. The motivation is winning and that keeps you hyped up all day, but it's tough running both cars (Top Fuel and Top Alcohol). Either way of the turn out, I'm happy and had a great weekend. The progress we made is significant. It's the same car and just goes to show you it all depends on how you operate it. We just missed it in the setup on that semi-finals run, but no big deal. I think today we proved that we can and will win races this year."
Lucas' Top Alcohol program continued his success in that program on the NHRA Lucas Oil Sportsman series taking his Steve Boggs-led Lucas Oil sponsored team to his third final round of season after defeating Larry Miersch, Jeff Isbell and Cody Perkins only to be defeated in those finals by Joey Severance in the finals at Las Vegas upping his record to 12 wins out of 14 final rounds.
Lucas' next NHRA National professional event will be the 27th annual Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia on April 27-29.
His next Lucas Oil race will be the upcoming weekend again at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway where he hopes to add to his winning total on April 20 -23.