St. Louis: Morgan Lucas Racing Saturday notes

Atlanta winner Lucas remains red-hot in St. Louis; Langdon close behind ST. LOUIS (May 2) -- There is absolutely no letdown in the GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster camp as driver Morgan Lucas followed up his first career professional-level...

Atlanta winner Lucas remains red-hot in St. Louis; Langdon close behind

ST. LOUIS (May 2) -- There is absolutely no letdown in the GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster camp as driver Morgan Lucas followed up his first career professional-level victory two weeks ago in Atlanta with a top-qualifying effort Saturday in St. Louis.

Riding crew chief Jimmy Walsh's expert tune-up, Lucas streaked down Gateway International Raceway in 3.881 second at 299.46 mph to secure the third No. 1 qualifier ward of his career. Later in the day, he backed the effort up with a 3.902 at 307.02 mph, the fastest pass of the event.

"It0x2859s great to keep the momentum going," said Lucas, who went 107 races before breaking through for his first win in Atlanta. "You never want to follow a good weekend with a bad one. I would have to say these last two weeks have been the highlight of my career so far.

"I0x2859m just as proud as I can be with the entire team. I ran top speed of the meet and Shawn (Langdon, teammate) was second fastest (with a 306.05 mph.) The guys have the cars hopped up right now. It's so much fun.

"The first run today it was set up a lot like it was in Atlanta. Say one good thing about Jimmy Walsh, once he finds something good, he doesn't want to change it a lot. That's going to give us a lot of success during the process of the year."

Lucas will open against crossover IHRA racer Kevin Jones in Sunday's opening round of eliminations. This will be Jones first start in NHRA competition. He qualified 16th with a 4.459 at 19.02 mph.

Langdon opened the day with a 3.937 at 293.60 mph before improving to a 3.906 at 306.05 mph. He will start race day as the No. 6 qualifier and face No. 11 qualifier T.J. Zizzo in Round 1. Zizzo's best pass was a 3.969 at 297.16 mph.

"We didn't get to race yesterday because of the rain and any time you lose sessions like that it changes your philosophy a little bit," Langdon said. "You have to be a little careful because you want to make sure you get in the show. We could have pushed it a little harder probably but we're really comfortable with where we are and how the car is running. I'm real proud of Morgan also. He's doing great and it's good to see him smile."

For the second race, Forrest and Charlotte Lucas are not in attendance.

"If we win again," Morgan said with a smile, "they're not coming back."

-credit: mlr

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