Fresh off his victory last weekend to open the Countdown to the Championship, Morgan Lucas and the GEICO/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster team are looking for more of the same this weekend at the NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex.

 

"At this point we feel comfortable saying we know how to win races," Lucas said. "We know how to put ourselves in that position, but we don't want to put any kind of unneeded pressure on anything."

 

Lucas moved up to third in the Top Fuel standings with the win, which was his second of the year. He's now 30 points out of the lead but knows there's a long way to go before it's time to really be concerned about the points.

 

"At this point we're just trying to have fun, trying to enjoy what we've got," Lucas said. "The biggest thing for us is to try to go rounds. Dallas would be a great place to get a semifinal if we're lucky enough and try to keep stacking some points."

 

The chassis with which Lucas won last weekend was the first in Morgan Lucas Racing's in-house program, and he said it was a bit of a bold move to roll it out in the first race of the Countdown.

 

"It's always risk vs. reward," Lucas said. "We were struggling with the old car for consistency. We didn't really have a lot to lose in that regard. It's just trying to get runs going, trying to get some information and be ready for next year as well.

 

"Looking at the big picture, we needed to do that. The biggest deal is just going down the track."

 

Lucas is looking forward to getting out and racing right away.

 

"Dallas has been an interesting race for us," he said. "I like going to Texas and I love that area, but I haven't won a race there since 2003. It's nice to go in there with some momentum from Charlotte. Hopefully we can go to Dallas and keep working on that and keep picking away at it."

 

Qualifying for the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals gets under way at 2:15 p.m. CDT on Friday from Texas Motorplex and continues at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday. Eliminations will be at 11 a.m. on Sunday. ESPN News will broadcast the qualifying show at 11:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday and ESPN2 will air the eliminations show at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.