BARRIE, ON – One of the next Sunset Speedway regulars poised to become a divisional heavyweight, Super Stock regular Johnny Morrison is on the verge of establishing himself as one of the nightly contenders in the speedway’s most talent-laden division.
“When I look back on how far we’ve come as a team in the last five years – it’s pretty amazing,” smiles the Barrie, ON youngster. “We’ve put in so many hours in our shop just to get to the point where we can compete and challenge these guys every night. It’s an amazing feeling. It was all worth it”.
For Morrison, the transition from the middle of the pack to the front of the field has been a labour of love. But, it’s not something his family-run operation would change a minute of.
“It’s not like we could sit around and just wait for the competition to get easier,” laughs the second-generation racer. “The Super Stocks have gotten tougher and tougher every single Saturday for the last five years”.
“This roster will never be a walk in the park for anyone. So, if we wanted to contend here, we knew we had to knuckle down and put the work in to build our program up”.
And, while Morrison has not yet visited victory lane in feature competition, it certainly has not been for a lack of trying. Throughout the last several seasons, the up-and-comer has had a number of close encounters with winning.
“I feel we’ve had a couple races won over the last two seasons and I’ve thrown them away,” admits Morrison. “There have been nights where we’ve had the fastest car in the pits and we either have some bad luck happen to us or I just make a mistake and slip up”.
“It sucks, but you have to do your best not to dwell on nights like that,” adds the young veteran with maturity beyond his years. “It’s a step backwards to take a big step forwards. I’ve learned from every mistake I’ve ever made there. I won’t ever make the same one twice”.
In a division rapidly transitioning from being ruled by an older group of grizzled veterans to a new and younger batch of hungry stars, Morrison appears more than ready to count himself as one of the competitors in charge.
“I’m ready to be a part of that group of guys that people mention as cars that you have to beat,” says Morrison. “Personally, I feel like we’re one of those cars now, but I understand that you have to win one of these races if you really want to call yourself a threat”.
“I’ve dedicated my whole life to this program for the last five years,” continues the rising star, “my entire family has. And we’re not walking out of 2017 without a win”.