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Morris learning from ‘dry’ season
SoVaNow.com / July 11, 2013There’s no question Philip Morris understands this NASCAR Whelen late model deal. He’s a four-time national champion.
There are no guarantees in NASCAR that previous success will automatically follow season after season. Morris continues to grapple with the late model competition in this 2013 season. Morris had a decent finish in last week’s NASCAR 200-lapper at South Boston Speedway, fifth, one spot ahead of NASCAR Trucks regular Timothy Peters.
Lee Pulliam, last year’s champion, won the feature at SBS, and Pulliam extended his lead in the current title hunt over Deac McCaskill, who was tenth here last week.
“It’s been a dry season so far. It’s been a learning season,”Morris said.
“We obviously are struggling with the tires, but we are getting better with it every week. We’re starting to get consistent serial numbers, so I think now we can start working on building on our finishes.
“It’s been a problem of getting the same serial number set of tires every week. We just assume they’re all the same, they’re all the same compound, so we just get whatever they have the most of. Now, we’re starting to find out we’ve got to stay with a certain number. As long as we do that, then we can get consistent finishes. We can learn.
“The first part of the year was adjusting the car, then it would go opposite the other way. We couldn’t figure it out,” he said.
Morris would like to win out on the season. He believes he has the motor and setup to do it.
“It’s just putting the whole chemistry and all the formulas together to get the win combination,” said Morris.
Morris says the season seems longer than it has been. He took a short break from racing, and now believes he got some valuable perspective on his current issues.
“After having time to reflect on everything that had happened, I think it all pointed to the tires. Now, we’re starting to figure that out,” Morris said.
Morris wants to win again at SBS, although that’s not all on the plate.
Morris will definitely race at the Late Model all-star show at Martinsville as well.
That all-star race arrives on the schedule in October, giving Morris ample time to sharpen their focus heading into the second half of the season.
CORRECTION: Austin Thaxton led for a while in NASCAR late model action following the inversion, not Josh Oakley.
Thaxton took over after the top eight cars were inverted for the Fourth of July race at SBS.
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