Lucas Oil's Morgan looking to solve mystery before Brainerd eliminations

Larry Morgan
Larry Morgan

Photo by: Michael C. Johnson

Brainerd, Minn. - Sixty feet doesn't sound like a huge distance to travel, but it's the difference between a good and bad night's sleep for Larry Morgan, driver of the Lucas Oil Ford Mustang in Pro Stock.

Morgan qualified No. 13 for Sunday's eliminations at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals from Brainerd International Raceway, but he's losing sleep over the fact that his Mustang isn't launching like he wants to.

"I keep looking at the data on the computer," Morgan said. "We're just not getting to the 60-foot like we should. We're not the only car out there having that problem, but it doesn't make it any easier on me.

"The back half is actually pretty good, but if we can't get the thing off the line we're going to be in trouble."

Morgan's best lap was in 6.630 seconds at 208.65 mph. He faces No. 4 qualifier Vincent Nobile whose lap was a 6.576 at 209.56 mph in the first round on Sunday morning.

"I'll mill the possibilities over in my mind all night long," Morgan said. "We'll come up with a fix, try it out and hope it sticks."

Morgan is in the thick of a tight battle for the final few spots in the Countdown and points are at a premium. Morgan is one point out of 10th and nine out of ninth.

"Just one round tomorrow will help us out tremendously," Morgan said. "Our goal is to make that top 10 and get in the Countdown. We're going to do our best to earn some more points tomorrow and control our own destiny when we get to Indy."

Eliminations for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals get under way at 11 a.m. CDT on Sunday.

Source: Lucas Racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Morgan , Vincent Nobile
Article type Qualifying report
Tags brainerd, lucas, morgan, nhra