NEW HAMBURG, ON- Canadian Vintage Modified tour Rookie of the Year contender Jerrid Morphy is appearing more confident with each passing week of competition. The longtime Karting standout is leading the Rookie of the Year standings, and is ready for a strong run this Saturday, August 30th at Flamboro Speedway.
Jerrid and the rest of the Morphy Racing team will continue their bid for the club’s 2014 rookie title, and appear on a roll after a strong 11th place finish on August 23rd at Sauble Speedway.
“Sauble was a blast”, smiles Morphy, “that place has quickly become my favourite track on the tour. I’ve never had a bad time there”
“We’re really starting to learn the handling on this car. I think we showed that at Sauble. We qualified well, and were on our way through traffic in the feature until the car tightened up. I had to work a little harder than I expected through the final 15-laps, but we’re thrilled with an 11th place finish”
Since migrating to stock car competition at the beginning of the 2014 season, Moprhy has been very forthcoming about the challenges acclimating himself to his new surroundings.
“Our expectations have been very realistic, right from the start”, says the soft-spoken freshman. “We knew this was going to be a challenge, which is exactly what drew us to the Canadian Vintage Modifieds to begin with. Looking back on where we were on our first night with the club, I couldn’t be more proud of myself or our team”
“I’m a competitor through and through”, continues Morphy. “When I set out to do something, I won’t quit until I get there. We want to, eventually, become weekly contenders for wins with the Vintage Mods. I don’t know if it’ll take two seasons or ten, but we will get there”
When the topic shifts to this weekend’s event at Flamboro, it’s evident just how excited Morphy is to return to racing at the Hamilton-area 1/3 mile oval.
“Flamboro was the place that beat us up the most at the beginning of the season”, explains Morphy. “I just couldn’t figure it out. The car was great and my team was able to give me great setups, but – from a driver’s standpoint – I just couldn’t nail down the track”
“Since then, we’ve had a lot of practice nights, and a tonne of attention to detail on race days and it’s really made a difference”, continues the New Hamburg, ON driver. “I’m a lot more comfortable at Flamboro now, and I can almost feel the improvements on a lap-by-lap basis. It’s not an easy place to get ahold of, but hard work pays off”
“As long as we’re moving forward as a team, I have absolutely nothing to complain about”, adds Morphy with a wide smile.
Details on Saturday’s event – Round 11 of the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modified season – can be found at www.FlamboroSpeedway.net.
Jerrid Morphy Racing’s 2014 efforts are made possible thanks Young Drivers of Canada, EPIC Racewear by OnePromo.ca, Steve Lyons of Creative Edge Signs & Graphics and Ron Easton of Oakville Trailers.
Visit the team’s Jerrid Morphy Racing page on Facebook to learn more about Jerrid as he prepares for his return to Flamboro Speedway and follow the team on Twitter @MorphyRacing.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)