Former USRA B-Mod National Champion Morton returns to Lucas Oil Speedway Weekly Series in 2018
Wheatland, Missouri (March 22, 2018) - Even though it didn't work out at planned, JC Morton is glad he ventured out and tried a new racing opportunity last season.
"If I hadn't, I'd have sat here and kicked myself in the butt saying I regret this and I regret that," Morton said of driving for a team based in northern Arkansas. Morton and his wife, Destiny, even moved there for most of 2017.
"Some things don't work out and you learn from them," Morton said. "So I'm glad I tried it. But I'm glad to be back home."
Morton is back at home in Springfield and scheduled to return to his racing home at Lucas Oil Speedway. He plans to race weekly in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, a division in which he won the track championship in 2016. That also was a springboard to his USRA B-Mod National Championship that season.
"I'm definitely excited about being back home," Morton said this week. "Last year we raced two hours away (from Springfield) every weekend. It was a struggle for Dad (his crew chief Gene Morton) and the family to get down there. Dad's the backer for just about everything for me as far as making sure we're ready to race. It wasn't very much fun without him for a lot of the races.
"I'm ready to get back into the Lucas swing. The publicity and the competitiveness there ... you have 8-10 cars that are capable of winning on a given night and 40-50 cars for a typical weekly show. I'm just ready to get back to what I know."
Even before the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener on April 7, Morton already is showing championship form. He captured the Iron Man Challenge for USRA B-Mods last weekend at Humboldt Speedway in Kansas.
Driving a new Phoenix-chassis car, Morton recorded three top-four feature finishes three straight nights, including a wire-to-wire triumph in the $1,000-to-win finale.
"It's been a pretty good car right out of the box," Morton said of the Phoenix, which is built in Nevada, Missouri. "They called me during the winter and we talked back and forth for about two months and came to an agreement."
Morton, 28, said he doesn't have a master plan to chase another USRA B-Mod National Championship. Time will tell whether that chance presents itself.
"The national points deal usually doesn't come into play until a month is left in the season and you see yourself in the top three or four," Morton said. "That's when you really pursue it.
"You just get yourself ready to go and try to win races every week," added Morton, who plans to compete in the B-Mod Bedlam at Salina, Oklahoma, March 30-31 before opening the Lucas Oil Speedway season.
Morton's sponsors on the No. 18 car include Phoenix Race Car, Yeoman Race Engines, Midwest Sheet Metal, Troop 4 Shocks, Lucas Gibbs Racing, Chris Claunch Photography, R&R Graphics and Fast Shafts.
The Lucas Oil Speedway dirt track roars to life on March 31 with an open test and tune from 2-6 p.m. The season begins on April 7 with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener with action in the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Big O Tires Street Stocks and Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.
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