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2014 NHRA: Morgan Can't Overcome Anderson's Fast Start In Sonoma
Posted by: newsla on Jul 28, 2014 - 06:16 AM
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2014 NHRA: Morgan Can't Overcome Anderson's Fast Start In Sonoma


Lucas Oil Pro Stock driver Larry Morgan knew he was in trouble right at the Christmas Tree.

In the first round of the NHRA Sonoma Nationals on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway against four-time Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson, Morgan watched Anderson immediately pull away.

 

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"When I let the clutch out, it didn't go anywhere," Morgan said. "I watched Greg Anderson put five car lengths on me -- five. He drove around me like I was stopped."

Morgan and his team had installed a new engine in their Ford Mustang for Sunday's eliminations after the race motor burned a piston Saturday during the third qualifying session.

The backup engine had not been run, which meant Morgan had to use an untested tune-up, too. He recorded a 6.693 at 206.64 mph, but Anderson ran away to victory with a pass of 6.537 seconds at 212.33 mph.

"The motor would've been OK but we didn't have the clutch or the gearing right for it," Morgan said. "It was a new engine that had never even been on the dyno, so we need some more time with it to get it all right. There's a lot of potential with that motor, but we just didn't grab it then."

The second Larry Morgan Racing Mustang, driven by Tommy Lee, also lost in the first round. Lee went red by .002-second in his race against No. 3 qualifier Allen Johnson.

Morgan was the No. 13 qualifier after battling engine issues in Sonoma.

"I got intro trouble with carburetors here," Morgan said. "Then we had some ignition issues, but we're not sure. Or maybe it was me! I don't know."

The regular engine will be shipped home to Newark, Ohio, to be repaired before being sent to Seattle for the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals next weekend at Pacific Raceways.


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