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Lucas to face reigning champ Dixon in Sonoma's opening round
Top Fuel racer Morgan Lucas will try for his second victory of the 2011 season from the No. 13 position after qualifying for this weekend's 24th annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals with a 3.950-second pass at 307.30 mph in his GEICO/Lucas Oil dragster.
Lucas waited until the final qualifying session in the heat of the day Saturday to card his best numbers, giving him a certain level of optimism heading into eliminations.
"It seemed like the 3.95 this afternoon was good for the session," Lucas said. "We weren't the quickest, but we were right there with a lot of the top cars. That's a big deal. You've got to put yourself in the position to win. If we can get past the first round, the way the car is running right now we could be in a position to win it all.
"Qualifying definitely started off rough for us, but there was a learning curve this weekend. Today, it went down the track twice, and all we were trying to do is go A to B and not smoke the tires. It's turning into a team motto from Dickie right now, which is go A to B, don't beat ourselves, and work on getting quicker and faster and building consistency. We've got to keep plugging away to get another win."
It won't be easy for Lucas as he opens against reigning series champion Larry Dixon, who qualified fifth overall with a 3.868 at 314.17 mph. Dixon has won his two previous meetings with Lucas this year.
"Larry's a lot of fun to race," Lucas said. "There's no doubt about it. It's a really tough car, so any time you could beat them, it feels that much better. It sucks getting beat by anyone, but when you race someone that high in the points and who's been running as good as they do, it's awesome.
"It's such a gratifying feeling to win against him. Beating somebody like Larry is like winning a final round in some races. It'd be cool for us and great for team morale, I can tell you that much."
By: lucas oil racing