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Lucas Oil's Morgan has Countdown berth on his mind
Lucas Oil Ford driver Larry Morgan and his crew members have a lot of work to do – and a short time to do it.
In the middle of the NHRA's Western Swing, Morgan and his crew have only four days between the Mopar Mile-High Nationals in Denver – where Morgan reached the semifinals in Pro Stock – and the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway.
Just to make sure he's totally prepared for his trip to the wine country, Morgan shipped an engine back to his shop in Newark, Ohio, after the Denver event, while the Lucas Oil transporter and Pro Stock Mustang headed to Sonoma.
"We did well in Denver," Morgan said. "I'm proud of all the guys who work on this Lucas Oil Mustang. There's a lot of work involved to go from Denver to Sonoma. You work hard to get to Denver with one setup, and then you have to turn around and put in a totally different setup for Sonoma. It's hard work."
Denver takes a different engine, transmission, and gear ratio configuration than any other track because of the altitude at Bandimere Speedway. That all changes in Sonoma, for the track is at sea level.
Morgan moved up to 11th in the Pro Stock points standings after Denver, with four races to go before the Countdown to the Championship begins. He's within striking distance of 10th-place Ron Krisher, sitting 34 points out of a spot in the Countdown.
"Man, I'd sure like to get in that Countdown," Morgan said. "That'd be huge for us and Lucas and Ford and all the guys who work on this Mustang. We're going try our hardest, that's for sure."
Morgan enjoys the annual trek to Northern California, where one of Bruton Smith and Speedway Motorsports' tracks is located.
"I like going out there," Morgan said. "I like every one of Bruton's tracks. They are some of the nicest tracks there are. I really can't wait to get there."
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