Aug 19, 2012; Brainerd, MN, USA; NHRA top fuel dragster driver Morgan Lucas celebrates after winning the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire
Lucas moves to sixth in the season standings with the win, at what is Minnesota's only big-time motorsports event of the year.
Minnesota has just one top-level motorsports event per year - the NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Every year, the drag racing community descends on the lakes area for a regular stop in the NHRA Drag Racing Series, everybody camps out, and the crowd gets - shall we say - boisterous. Click here for a photo gallery from the event.
In the Top Fuel class, Morgan Lucas - son of Forrest Lucas, the founder of Lucas Oil, the race's sponsor - beat Antron Brown by thirteen thousandths of a second to take the title. He told NHRA.com, "Anytime you can win here for our family, especially for my dad who is so involved in this race, is a dream come true."
In Funny Car, Ron Capps won his third Brainerd title and his third win of the season by beating probably-the-only-famous-drag-racer John Force in the finals. Capps also took the Funny Car points lead, with only one race remaining before the playoffs begin.
In the other categories, Erica Enders became the first woman to win at Brainerd since 1982 by winning the Pro Stock title, her second in a row, and Eddie Krawiec won the Pro Stock Motorcycle class after his final-round opponent fouled at the start.