13TH START PROVES TO BE UNLUCKY FOR MORGAN LUCAS LAS VEGAS (April 17) -- The 13th qualified start of Morgan Lucas' professional career proved to be unlucky for the Lucas Oil/Amato Racing team at the sixth annual Summitracing.com Nationals on...
13TH START PROVES TO BE UNLUCKY FOR MORGAN LUCAS
LAS VEGAS (April 17) -- The 13th qualified start of Morgan Lucas' professional career proved to be unlucky for the Lucas Oil/Amato Racing team at the sixth annual Summitracing.com Nationals on "The Strip" at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For the first time since the Lucas Oil Nationals in Reading Pa., last October, Lucas lost in the opening round of competition. This marks only his third first round loss driving the Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster.
In Morgan's first round match up with Dave Grubnic, the 21-year old Riverside, Ca., resident was ahead at the launch before suddenly losing traction in his lane resulting in the loss. Lucas ran a time of 8.626 seconds, 88.50 mph to Grubnic's winning time of 4.599 seconds, 327.19 mph.
"We picked first pair so Grubnic wouldn't have the data from his Kalitta team cars to compare," said Lucas, who raced Grubnic for only the second time. "The track was in great shape today, in fact better than it had been all weekend and we didn't change anything on the car. We looked at the computer and we can't find any information or any indication to pinpoint what caused us to smoke the tires.
"We'll put it back together and figure out what happened. We'll mark it down in the book as a learning experience. Every time you go down the track is data. I tried to pedal the car a couple of times to give everybody a good show even though Grubnic was long gone. We have to keep going and keep our heads up because we will bounce back out of it. That's just the makeup of this Lucas Oil team - to never give up."
The Lucas Oil entry qualified their highest position as a team on the Top Fuel ladder with a third place listing on the roster after recording a time of 4.548 seconds elapsed time along with a superb speed of 325.69 mph.
Morgan is now fourth in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel championship chase with 333 points trailing leader, Tony Schumacher by 87 points after the Las Vegas event.
The next NHRA National event will be the O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals at the scenic Bristol Dragway slated to run on April 29 - May 1.