Lucas Oil Racing press release
Morgan fighting for last playoff in his Lucas Oil Ford Mustang
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 29) – Lucas Oil Ford Mustang driver Larry Morgan understands the importance of the 57th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil at Lucas Oil Raceway.
But this year, the "Big Go" carries more significance for the veteran Pro Stock driver.
Morgan is 32 points out of the top 10, and Indy is the final race before the 10-driver Countdown to the Championship begins. Morgan knows this is his final chance to reach the NHRA's version of the playoffs – all the while driving for drag racing's biggest trophy.
"It is bigger to me, for sure," Morgan said. "I want to get in the Countdown for all the people involved, my sponsors, the people who work day and night on this stuff. I hope we can do it."
Morgan has raced well at Indy in the past and he said he "hopes it's my time again."
"It's just a huge deal," Morgan said. "I've won that thing twice and have been runner-up three or four times. It's a race that's been awfully good to me, so I can't wait to get there. Plus, it's like the Daytona 500 for us. It's that big."
Morgan could at least use a repeat of his performance in Norwalk, Ohio, in June, when he reached the finals, or from Denver in July, when he raced to the semifinals.To that end, the veteran racer tested his Lucas Oil Mustang in Martin, Mich., last week, and plans to test three more days this week in preparation for the U.S. Nationals.
"I won't be wore out," Morgan said. "I can handle it."