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Past Sonoma winner Morgan ready to repeat the feat
It's not hard to get a smile out of Lucas Oil Pro Stock driver Larry Morgan, and that's been especially true this summer as his red, white, and blue Ford Mustang continues to perform well in the sport's toughest category.
Following a runner-up result in Norwalk, Ohio, and a strong semifinal run last weekend in Denver, Morgan is once again running hard at this weekend's 24th annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway, qualifying eighth overall with a 6.576 at 209.36 mph.
"I can't find much to complain about," Morgan said. "You always want to improve every pass and we didn't do that here. We just had way too much clutch in it that time, but at least we did that now instead of tomorrow morning when it counts.
"We're in good shape, we're happy, and the car's running strong."
Morgan has tasted success in Sonoma before, winning this event in 2002. He counts that victory as one of his all-time favorites for a variety of reasons.
"This is just a beautiful part of the country and this racetrack, my goodness, I can tell you we wouldn't have even dreamed this big when I first started drag racing. It's just spectacular.
"I have a good feeling every time I pull through the gates of this track so I'm always in a good mood when we're racing here."
As the No. 8 qualifier, Morgan will begin race day with lane choice over points leader Jason Line, who qualified ninth with a 6.577 at 210.24 mph.
"They're all tough in this class so I might as well get the toughest one of the bunch out of the way early," Morgan said. "Obviously, our cars are pretty even so it'll be on the drivers to win this race, most likely. I'd better be ready to go."
By: lucas oil racing