BARRIE, ON – Up-and-comer Johnny Morrison made his plans for the 2017 campaign known long before the first night of racing last Saturday. The son of on-again off-again Super Stock regular Rob Morrison spoke all Winter about his goals to rise to the occasion this season and, in his first chance to do so, wasted little time in rising to the occasion.
“I’m not too sure we could’ve dreamed it any better,” laughs Morrison when asked of his head-turning second place performance last Saturday.
“It was an insane amount of work getting things ready for opening night – but in the end I think it all fell into place exactly the way we wanted it to. It was the best opener I’ve ever had, by far”
The fifth-year competitor showed experience beyond his years, working all race long to beat back a number of divisional heavyweights for the podium finish.
“You don’t get a lot of opportunities to move forward in these races, so you really have to take advantage of every chance,” says the second-generation racer.
“I was just looking for every opening. Every hole. It’s not easy to catch these guys sleeping for a second, so I was just doing all that I could to keep them behind me. From the first lap until the finish I don’t think I ever stopped working – I’ll remember that race for a long time”
Morrison has been pointed to by a number of industry insiders as a driver ready for a breakout season, and if the youngster can continue the torrid pace set in Saturday’s event, he stands an excellent chance of becoming one of the main talking points of the Sunset season.
“I want this to be the start of a trend for this team,” insists Morrison. “My dad and all of my guys work so hard to keep this program together. We’ve made gains every single year we’ve been at Sunset – but I’m ready to bring them a really big season. I want that more than anything in the world”
“Our goal is to keep improving with every single race,” adds the Barrie, ON resident. “We’ll be back in the shop this week trying to shore up anything we didn’t like from Saturday. It’s a grind, man. This is a long schedule and the work never stops”
“But, hopefully at the end of the season, we’ll be able to say it was all worth it.”