Phoenix: Morgan Lucas Friday summary

LUCAS SKATES TO NO. 8 IN NHRA QUALIFYING PHOENIX (Feb. 23) -- Morgan Lucas drove his Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster into the No. 8 position after the first day of qualifying in the Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals at Firebird Raceway. ...

LUCAS SKATES TO NO. 8 IN NHRA QUALIFYING

PHOENIX (Feb. 23) -- Morgan Lucas drove his Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster into the No. 8 position after the first day of qualifying in the Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals at Firebird Raceway.

Lucas powered his way the full quarter-mile to enter the event running a time of 4.555 seconds at a speed of 325.92 MPH matching the performance level of his teammate, Melanie Troxel, who has the third quickest elapsed time so far in the event.

"That's exactly it," said Lucas. "This whole two-car thing is that people don't put enough emphasis on it because it's really a big deal. Melanie's team put a lot of their thinking into our car to make our car identical. We're trying to tune both of them the same way.

"I've got great people on my car and Lance (Larsen) came in and helped out a lot. Maybe this is the combination we've been looking for and all I can say is it's only going to get better. 4.55 is not an awesome run by some people's standards, but for us and the struggles we've been through, especially not qualifying for the last race, I'm very happy with the run and maybe after our two more runs tomorrow; people will believe we brought a race car with us."

ESPN2 is airing a one-hour qualifying program at 12 a.m. on Saturday night Feb. 24.

-credit: lor

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Series NHRA
Drivers Melanie Troxel , Morgan Lucas