Despite a first-round loss to Mike Edwards, Lucas Oil Ford Mustang Pro Stock driver Larry Morgan said he believes his car is stronger leaving the NHRA SuperNationals than it did when it arrived at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
"We qualified and moved forward," Morgan said. "I think we made the car better. Now we just need to work on the engine stuff, and stay after it."
Morgan qualified 14th on Saturday and was trying to upset No. 3 qualifier Edwards on Sunday morning in the first round of eliminations.
Both cars launched in nearly a dead heat, which allowed Edwards to use his horsepower edge to cross the finish line first. Edwards ran a 6.534-second lap at 211.86 mph to Morgan's 6.604 at 209.92 mph.
"We just spun the tire real bad," Morgan said. "We were going for it, but the lane just wasn't there. We should have run a 6.55 or 6.56, and that would have been respectable. I just missed it.
"I just need to get lane choice. If I pick up .02 seconds, I'd be real fast."
Morgan said the next goal is to concentrate on the engine now that his Lucas Oil Mustang's chassis has been corralled into shape.
"The chassis stuff is way better," Morgan said. "A lot of the problem came from the wheelie bars. Now we can concentrate on the engine and find those extra fractions of a second we need to compete with the top cars."
Morgan gets another week to work his magic in his race shop before departing for the June 15-17 Ford Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals at Bristol, Tenn.