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2014 NHRA: Solid Saturday puts Lucas Oil's Morgan in Seattle field at No. 13
Posted by: newsla on Aug 03, 2014 - 03:13 PM
2014 NHRA: Solid Saturday puts Lucas Oil's Morgan in Seattle field at No. 13

Lucas Oil Ford Pro Stock driver Larry Morgan put together two consistent passes at the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals on Saturday at Pacific Raceways to grab the No. 13 qualifying spot.


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Those runs came after two troublesome qualifying sessions Friday, when Morgan couldn't get down the track because of tire shake.

"We had new clutch discs in the car and they were too aggressive," Morgan said about Friday's Q1 and Q2. "Once we finally got that figured out, we were scared to get on it. We took a bunch of timing out of it, we were leaving low. This car has never left that low, not ever at any point."

Trying to be conservative, Morgan made a best pass of 6.695 seconds at 207.56 mph in Q3 to move up to No. 13. He followed that with a run of 6.708 seconds at 207.82 mph in conditions not conducive to going quicker for Pro Stock cars.

"We had a perfect run," Morgan said with a chuckle. "I overshifted every gear. I've turned into the worst driver in the pits. I can't make excuses for myself."

But Morgan needed to de-tune his engine to make sure the clutch package worked.

"I tried to tune the engine down to not wreck the valve springs, and I've done a real good job of that," Morgan said. "It just won't run."

But for Sunday, Morgan and his crew will put a more aggressive setup in the car, and Morgan will unleash the horsepower in his Ford Mustang engine.

In the first round of eliminations Sunday, Morgan will square off against No. 4 qualifier Jeg Coughlin Jr., whose best pass was 6.553 seconds at 210.97 mph. Morgan and Coughlin are both Ohio natives and longtime friends, but that friendship will be put aside once both drivers go through the water box Sunday.

"We'll put everything back on kill tomorrow," Morgan said, "and we'll go try to kick Jeggie's butt."

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