Englishtown, New Jersey (June 8, 2015) – Morgan Lucas’ newly unveiled Sig Sauer/Lucas Gun Oil Top Fuel dragster is turning a lot of heads at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Now, the 11-time national event winner is hoping to gain attention on race day as he vies for the Toyota NHRA Summernationals title.
“If we can get this dragster to be as fast as it looks, the rest of the field better watch out,” Lucas said. “It’s tough running part-time because it’s harder to find a rhythm. We only ran seven races last year and we ended up winning twice, and maybe that set the bar way up there for us, but I know we’re all working as hard as we can to run well.
“I’m just having a blast when I do have the time to race. Of course, as soon as you get in the race car, then you want more and more performance. It’s just the nature of the sport.”
Lucas qualified with a best pass of 3.857 seconds at 303.30 mph. The run places him 14th on the elimination grid, which pits him against third-place qualifier Tony Schumacher (3.736 at 323.66 mph) in the opening round of Sunday’s eliminations.
“Nothing like getting the eight-time champ in the first round,” Lucas said with a nod to the 78-time national event winner. “We might as well race him, why not? You have to be prepared to beat them all if you want to win the race, so we’ll do our best against Tony and see what happens. He certainly brings out the best in me whenever I race him.
“We actually uncovered some issues with the clutch-management system in Q3, so we didn’t run the final session to give us time to redo the entire deal. I’ve actually got Richie (Crampton, teammate and driver of the Lucas Oil dragster) working on the clutch. He’s the best in the business with that stuff and he didn’t mind helping. We’ll really make him earn his paycheck this weekend.”
Aside from the action on the track, Lucas is enjoying the camaraderie of the Sig Sauer guests and fans attending the race. Sig Sauer, which provides numerous firearms for military, police, and the public, is based in Newington, N.H. A Team Lucas partner, Sig Sauer will hold title positioning on Lucas’ dragster this weekend in Englishtown and next weekend in Epping, N.H.
“The response to this partnership has been great,” Lucas said. “People say Sig Sauer and they talk about them being the best in the business. We like to think Lucas Oil is the best in our world, so it’s a natural fit.
“The fans are pumped up about it, and even some of the New Jersey troopers and local police officers have come by to take pictures of the car. Plus, social media is blowing up with the sponsorship. It’s pretty cool.”
ESPN2 will air all the elimination action, which begins with Top Fuel racing at 11 a.m. ET.