After spending a year out of the driver’s seat, Shawn Murray will be back behind the wheel in 2019 as part of the Eastern Ontario Legends Series tour with the purchase of a new car entering the year.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “I’ve got a new car so it should be a better year then the last year I drove.”
While known for his success at Barrie Speedway in the Mini Stock and Late Model classes respectively, Murray was behind the wheel of a Legend a couple years ago. Now set to make his return, he says he expects to run better than he did before.
“I know the car is quick so I’m hoping to have some competitive runs,” he added.
For Murray, the decision to return back to Legends was easy with the state of the current class following a successful season that saw full car counts across the province.
“I have to say it’s in a good spot,” he said. “We’re the fastest growing series in Ontario and for the budget that you have to spend on it, it’s probably the best series to be in.”
Notably, he will not be running the full schedule, but rather running all the events at Sauble Speedway and Sunset Speedway, as well as a couple Peterborough Speedway events. Out of the races on his calendar, he says he’s looking to heading up to Sauble the most.
“I like it up there,” he said. “I went there two years ago in the Legend and had a good run going until the car broke. I’m looking forward to going back there; it reminds me of the old Barrie Speedway with the atmosphere and everything.”
For Murray, his start in racing came back in 2003 at Barrie Speedway through a friend that was racing. The time spent with him turned into both Murray and his brother buying four-cylinders to go racing. It also turned into a successful tenue as he is still the only Canadian to take home the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division III National title.
“That was probably one of the most memorable (moments),” he commented. “going down to the Charlotte for the banquet after finishing first because it was pretty special.”
For someone looking to get into legends like himself, he says it’s a great series to get into, as it’s “full of great drivers that have been racing these cars a long time.”
“Take any advice they give you and don’t be afraid to ask them questions they will point you in the right direction and help you out,” he added.
For their support of his program, Murray thanks to JJ Towing & Recovery, AT Heating and Mechanical, Watson’s Garage, and TM Branding for their support. The team continues to be hard at work on the new ride, hoping to have it ready for the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo in March.