Topeka: Morgan Lucas Saturday summary

Lucas No. 2 in Topeka Qualifying TOPEKA (May 28) -- Lucas Oil racing's Top Fuel driver, Morgan Lucas powered his way to record his second No. 2 starting position in only his 17th race with a qualifying pass of 4.520 seconds, at a...

Lucas No. 2 in Topeka Qualifying

TOPEKA (May 28) -- Lucas Oil racing's Top Fuel driver, Morgan Lucas powered his way to record his second No. 2 starting position in only his 17th race with a qualifying pass of 4.520 seconds, at a speed of 324.90 mph for the running of the NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.

In Sunday's first round of eliminations, Lucas will face Mitch King for the first time of his young career and fully understands that he cannot take his competition very lightly.

"This is drag racing and you only have 4.5-seconds to get it done," said the 21-year old Lucas. "After you step on the throttle, you could go out there and shake the tires at any time. We have to run our own race, run our own lane, and attempt to turn on our win light."

For 2005, the emphasis on qualifying has been a priority with the team and because of that way of thinking; the Lucas Oil Joe Amato-owned Top Fuel team has really stepped up its program receiving their first No. 1 qualifier at the Atlanta Dragway just two weeks ago.

"In the two qualifying sessions that we made it down the track, the results turned out to be pretty good," said Lucas. "On the third session, when we didn't, we just were too aggressive. We wanted to see what the car would do. We made two good runs in qualifying with elapsed times of 4.52 and 4.59 seconds and our Lucas Oil team will do a good job tomorrow, rest assured of that. Although every car out here is a good car in the Top Fuel division, we'll be just fine for tomorrow. During eliminations, you have to have your game face on and your mind set. I know we're capable of winning. We just have to make it happen and I'm just fortunate to be starting where I am."

ESPN2 will air the O'Reilly Summer Nationals final round eliminations from Heartland Park Topeka starting at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 29.

-www.morganlucas.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mitch King , Morgan Lucas