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2014 NHRA: Despite Solid Run, Morgan Comes Up Short In Atlanta Eliminations
Posted by: newsla on May 20, 2014 - 06:17 AM
2014 NHRA: Despite Solid Run, Morgan Comes Up Short In Atlanta Eliminations

After an extensive rain delay Sunday postponed the completion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals until Monday morning, Lucas Oil/MAVTV Pro Stock driver Larry Morgan was more than ready to pull out an upset on a green Atlanta Dragway.


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Morgan's Mustang was paired up against Jason Line's Camaro in the first round of eliminations, and even though Morgan put up a great reaction time of .014-second, it wasn't quite enough for Line's .008. The Lucas Oil/MAVTV driver barely got edged out at the finish line after running a 6.586 at 210.21 mph, his second-fastest run of the weekend.

"The good thing that happened for me in the first round was the fact I let the clutch out on time," Morgan said. "Unfortunately, it wasn't early enough. It sure was close though, and that's all I could ask for after the kind of weekend I had.

"Even with the quick reaction time, I shifted too quickly into second gear and I killed it. I honestly probably could have ran a .55 or .56 in the first round but I got ahead of myself."

Aside from Morgan shifting too early, a few prerace changes may have also hindered his run in eliminations.

"While we were in the staging lanes I took a bunch of timing equipment out of the car," Morgan said. "I was scared that the car was going to get real loose downtrack and I would burn the motor up. That was my fault. I was just trying to keep from ruining a motor when we have Topeka to go to next weekend."

Morgan will regroup and move on to a track where he has enjoyed a lot of success when the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues at the NHRA Kansas Nationals, May 23-25, at Heartland Park Topeka.

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