NHRA U.S. Nationals: What’s in a name? Morgan Lucas wins Top Fuel at Lucas Oil Raceway

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BROWNSBURG, Indiana – There’s quite a few things that are very fitting about Morgan Lucas winning the Top Fuel class in Monday’s finals of the NHRA’s 61st Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.

First, it the second year in a row that a Lucas Oil team driver has won in Top Fuel (teammate Richie Crampton did it last year).

Second, the 31-year-old Lucas, who defeated Dave Connolly in the final round, is driving only a part-time schedule this season.

And third, both wins came at Lucas Oil Raceway. Lucas’ family owns Lucas Oil, which is the naming rights sponsor of the NHRA-owned track just west of Indianapolis.

“Winning this race is absolutely massive,” Lucas said. “It’s the biggest race win I’ve probably ever had in my life.

“It was a really big team effort this weekend. Last year he (Crampton) won it. So I guess it was my turn.”

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The win was the 12th of Lucas’ Top Fuel career and his first since last year’s season finale at Pomona, California.

“This is a special win,” he said. “This is my 11th year in Top Fuel of trying to do this. I’m still not really good at it.

“But to win this weekend is amazing and I’m very blessed and very happy to have done this.”

NOTES: With Spencer Massey’s release from Don Schumacher Racing last week, and Massey’s inability to get a last-minute ride for this weekend’s race, Connolly still came home a winner of sorts, becoming the 10th and final driver for the Countdown for the Championship.

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Motocross: Chase Sexton to miss Hangtown after midweek practice crash

Sexton Hangtown practice crash
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Chase Sexton announced on Instagram he will sit out this weekend’s Pro Motocross race at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California after a practice crash on Tuesday left him with a concussion.

Sexton’s crash on Tuesday happened during a test session at Fox Raceway.

“Bummed to make this post but I’ll be sitting out this weekend,” Sexton said. “As you guys saw I had a big one during qualifying at Pala, then another one on Tuesday this week that banged me up pretty good. Nothing broken just need a few days to get back to 100%.”

Despite his crash in the first qualification session in Pala, California, Sexton mounted up for both motos and finished second in each race behind his teammate Jett Lawrence, who was making his Motocross debut and won with a pair of first-place finishes. Sexton padded his SuperMotocross points’ lead over the injured Eli Tomac, who is still second in the combined Supercross and Motocross standings despite missing the SX finale at Salt Lake City and the outdoor opener with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Sexton has an advantage of 78 points over Cooper Webb and cannot give up his SMX lead by missing this round.

At stake, however, is the risk of losing ground to Lawrence in the Pro Motocross championship. Sexton currently trails his teammate by six points and is liable to lose significant ground this weekend.

In addition to his concussion, Sexton has also been diagnosed with mononucleosis and the combination of the two conditions caused the team to make the difficult decision to keep him out of the lineup at Hangtown.

“I’m super-bummed to miss this weekend’s race,” Sexton said in a press release. “I feel like I rode well at Pala, and I was really looking forward to Hangtown because it’s a good track for me. Unfortunately, I was already pretty banged up from my qualifying crash on Saturday, and now with mono and Tuesday’s concussion on top of it, I want to do the right thing and hopefully be back on the track soon.”

A return date for Sexton has not yet been announced.

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