NEW HAMBURG, ON- 2015 Ransomville Speedway Modified champion Ryan Susice will be back behind the wheel of Jerrid Morphy Racing’s No. 18 Sprint Car this weekend, as the Young Drivers of Canada-supported team looks to qualify for their first ever Canadian Sprint Car Nationals at Ohsweken Speedway.
“This is the kind of event where just making the field tells you that you’re doing something right,” remarked Susice after his practice session on Thursday night.
“We were in the pit area for hot laps, and it’s incredible to see the amount of talent that comes out for this race. I’m very excited to see where we stack up against some of the very best 360 teams anywhere. Racing against this level of competition is the only way we’re ever going to get better as a unit”
After a pair of frustrating performances at Brighton Speedway over the Labour Day weekend – attributed to engine issues – Susice turned heads with an incredible 17th-to-6th charge last Friday in Southern Ontario Sprint competition at Merrittville Speedway.
“I think we were a lot more excited about Merrittville than we were disappointed about Brighton,” said Susice. “As soon as we had our engine issues figured out, we were right back to work on this car, and I think it paid off immediately at Merrittville”
“The car was excellent last Friday. If we can find that level of speed this weekend, I think we just might have enough to earn ourselves a starting spot for the A Main at ‘the Nationals'”
Although he has a handful of starts at Ohsweken in a Modified, the Ransomville, NY native admits it’s never been one of his best tracks.
“I’ve never had much luck here,” admitted the likeable wheelman with a laugh. “Any time we brought the Modified down, something seemed to go wrong. Hopefully things work out differently with Jerrid and the Sprint Car”
“There are 70 teams looking to do the same thing as us this weekend. And just about every single one of them has more experience behind the wheel of a Sprint Car than we do,” explained Susice. “With that being said, if we make the right decisions, and the track slicks off, I think we can race with these guys”
Team Owner Jerrid Morphy is equally excited for his team’s first Ohsweken Speedway start, and admits that seeing Susice qualify the No. 18 for Saturday’s A Main would be considered a career highlight.
“I can’t wait to be a part of this show,” smiled the soft-spoke Morphy. “Coming from asphalt, this kind of spectacle is brand new for me”
“If there are 70 teams in the pits on Friday night, there are 40 that could win on Saturday without anyone batting an eye,” added the former Karting standout. “That’s nothing short of incredible. Sprint Car racing is still brand new to us, but if we could qualify for the ‘Nationals’ in our first attempt, I think it would be something that we’d remember forever.”
For more information on this weekend’s Canadian Sprint Car Nationals, visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com.
Morphy Racing and Ryan Susice are proud to represent Young Drivers of Canada, EPIC Racewear by OnePromo.ca, Asset Consulting Experts, Tim Phillips Garage and Pippard Racing Engines throughout their 2015 endeavors.
To learn more about the team, visit the Jerrid Morphy Racing page on Facebook and be sure to follow along on Twitter @MorphyRacing.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)