Las Vegas: Morgan Lucas preview

LUCAS OIL RACING KEEPS MOMENTUM GOING LAS VEGAS (April 12) -- After four NHRA National events, the Lucas Oil/Joe Amato Racing Top Fuel team with sophomore phenomenon, Morgan Lucas at the controls, find themselves in second place in the ...

LUCAS OIL RACING KEEPS MOMENTUM GOING

LAS VEGAS (April 12) -- After four NHRA National events, the Lucas Oil/Joe Amato Racing Top Fuel team with sophomore phenomenon, Morgan Lucas at the controls, find themselves in second place in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel standings with 297 markers and trailing Tony Schumacher by only 52 points.

After posting a semi-final finish in Houston last weekend, the Lucas Oil team is equipped with momentum that only returning to a place like 'The Strip' at Las Vegas Motor Speedway can bring , as the young driver and crew reached the finals there in Lucas' first professional appearance at the 2004 fall event.

"This time we need to go four full rounds and get that last win light in our lane," said a positive Lucas. "We've always have had pretty decent luck in Las Vegas. We won this race last year in our A-Fuel car and we hope to back it up with a Top Fuel win in 2005.

"With my unique luck there and Amato Racing team's good fortune we think we can put them both together and see what happens. It's about to pay off for us we hope. The horseshoe we have is good for something. Las Vegas would be the perfect place to win and the sooner the better"

The Top Fuel competition has been tight all season. Just when you think you might have an edge on a fellow competitor, it could come back to bite you with a loss, so when Lucas goes up to the starting line, he knows he had better be prepared with no error to spare.

"I think it can be anybody's race this weekend" said Lucas. "We've got to mind our Ps and Qs , make sure we don't put anything together wrong and go out try to get eight good runs in a row. If we do, we should have as good of chance as anybody."

The Top Fuel championship challenge is in its infancy and without a doubt if you get ahead of your competition in the Spring, they should be chasing you in the Fall. Since he's trailing Tony Schumacher by 52 points heading into the Summitracing.com Nationals, consistency will be the key to staying in the hunt.

"We need to start getting rounds on Tony Schumacher and the best way to do that is win races and keep winning races," said Lucas. "That's the only way you're going to do that. I think we can do it. We have to keep winning rounds and do what we need to do. I think Schumacher has an edge, but I feel other teams are beginning to catch up. We have to be there to take them to task."

The start of the sixth annual Summitracing.com Nationals begin on Friday, April 15 with qualifying starting at 3:30 and 6:30 (PDT). Saturday's time trials start at 12:30 p.m. for the nitro classes followed by a second session at 3:30 p.m. The race starts promptly at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 17.

LUCAS OIL RACING DRIVER NOTES:

Morgan Lucas has three runner-up finishes, which the responsive driver reached in only his seventh, eighth, and tenth starts. He finished 16th in the 2004 NHRA Top Fuel Point standings with 502 points after competing in only eight races on the 23-race schedule. He is currently 52 points from the 2005 POWERade lead in second place with Lucas amassing a total of 297 points after the completion of four events.

Lucas' quickest elapsed time is 4.474 seconds, set on Feb. 12, 2005 at Pomona Raceway. He sped to his fastest mile per hour of 326.40 mph set on the same qualifying pass at the 2005 CarQuest Winternationals in Pomona. Morgan Lucas' first Top Fuel event behind the wheel of the Joe Amato-owned dragster was the 2004 Lucas Oil Nationals at the Brainerd (MN.) International Raceway on August 15, 2004. DOB: November 27, 1983.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Joe Amato , Morgan Lucas