Morgan Lucas Has Fond Memories Of Joliet Event

Route 66 Raceway

Lucas hopes his love for Chicago is returned at NHRA drag race

Some of Morgan Lucas' fondest racing memories have been made at Route 66 Raceway in the Chicago suburb of Joliet, but he's quick to point out that there's always room for more memories – and trophies – from the world-class racetrack.

Morgan Lucas
Morgan Lucas

Photo by: Ted Rossino

"I've participated in every national event they've held in Chicago," said Lucas, driver of the GEICO/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster. "I won the race with the JEGS Allstars in 2003, which was probably one of the coolest wins and highest honors I've ever had.

"That year we won it was one of those weekends where we couldn't do anything wrong. I won the national event, the Allstars, and was No. 1 qualifier. I got to hold a gigantic check at the end of the day. I felt like 'Happy Gilmore.'"

Lucas said he'll be returning to those Sportsman roots by participating in some of the ceremonies surrounding the JEGS Allstars event at this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Route 66 Nationals.

"We're going to take part in the JEGS track walk," Lucas said. "They've asked all the former champions to come and be a part of it and I'm really looking forward to being a part of it all."

The 27-year-old Lucas advanced to the semifinals his last time out in Norwalk, Ohio. Lucas is in eighth place in NHRA Full Throttle Series standings. He is 15 points behind seventh-place Brandon Bernstein and 36 back of Doug Kalitta, who is sixth.

"I've won at four different tracks in Top Fuel so far," Lucas said. "To get another notch in Chicago should be fun, especially since my girlfriend, Katie (Pallone), will have a lot of friends and family attending the race.

"The track is one of the coolest we go to, but the variables are tricky. It can be hot, cold, wet, or like last year, even have tornadoes. We're going to have to be on our toes and be ready for anything."

By: lucas oil racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Brandon Bernstein , Morgan Lucas
Tags chicago, joliet, lucas oil nhra, morgan lucas, route 66 raceway