Pro Stock veteran Morgan makes the show in lucky 13th slot
ENNIS, TX – While it might have looked like Larry Morgan was wearing his driving suit during this weekend's AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, but it might as well have been a lab coat as he was trying out some new parts on the Lucas Oil Ford Mustang.
"Today was new carburetor day," Morgan said. "We got some new ones made and wanted to see if they are any better than the ones we'd been running."
Morgan qualified in the No. 13 spot for Sunday's Pro Stock eliminations at Texas Motorplex. His best lap was a 6.612 second pass at 208.65 mph. However, Morgan was delighted to see that his second pass on Saturday, which in was the toughest conditions the cars had seen all weekend, was among the best of that session.
That was hot off the heels of his Q3 run, which almost saw him hit the wall.
"That run should have been a 6.58 or 6.58," Morgan said. "It was a good thing I stayed with it, because I wouldn't have qualified. I know everybody jumps my case about it, but when I rolled up to the line that run, I wasn't in the show.
"I was in a position where I couldn't lift because I wouldn't have got in."
Morgan said that while he was really out of shape on that pass, he never felt like he was out of control.
"I'm so old and have seen so much that there's not much that scares me anymore," Morgan said. "If I bent up the car or hurt myself, I'm sure my wife, Diane, would have given me plenty to be scared of."
Morgan faces No. 5 qualifier Vincent Nobile in the first round on Sunday. Nobile's best lap was in 6.564 seconds at 210.73 mph.
"I've been doing real good lately," said Morgan who has won at least round in five of the last seven races and six total rounds on hole shots. "We've got to keep that streak moving on."
Eliminations at the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals get under way at 11 a.m. EDT from Texas Motorplex.