After south of the border the past couple of seasons, Ray Morneau will race in Canada for the 2019 campaign, competing at Delaware Speedway on a weekly basis in the track’s Late Model division.
“I am really looking forward to this year,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “We ran Delaware in the late models last year three times and ended up second behind Jesse Kennedy the last night. So I am very anxious to get the season going with our new car!”
Entering the season, Morneau says the goal is to gain the respect of the entire division over the summer.
“If we could get a couple wins and even possibly a championship, we would be very pleased with the season,” he added. “But looking at the registered cars, it is going to be a battle week-in-and-week-out to finish top-five.”
Whether a home-track program like Delaware, Flamboro Speedway or Sauble Speedway, or the APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario tour, it seems the Pro Late Models are the division to be in right now.
“Pro Late Model racing is booming,” Morneau commented. “It is great to see. Love the APC United late model series and what they are doing to help out the home tracks, and I think that a lot of the car counts are going up because of Jukasa Motor Speedway’s $75 000 to win race. Thanks to Ken Hill and Alex Nagy and everybody that is building Jukasa back to the crown jewel!!”
Over the past couple of seasons, Morneau has been competing at Flat Rock Speedway, visiting victory lane on a couple occasions with a Street Stock championship in 2017.
“I enjoyed running at Flat Rock Speedway,” Morneau said. “It was a great four year experience. We ran very well with our worst point standings finish of seventh our rookie year! After our rookie year, Mike McColl built us a new car and the thing was a rocket-ship, winning one championship and getting two second-place finishes in the points.”
Now set to return home this season, Morneau is looking forward to hearing the cheers from family each week.
“It’s going to be great,” he said. “Like I said earlier, we ran a late model three times last year and ran good, but we really are looking forward to being able to have our whole family back at the race track. Unfortunately my uncle Rob had passed away in December, but that is giving us more motivation to go out and win for him.”
For Morneau, he got his start in racing by working on his uncle Ray’s and Dan’s cars in the pits when he was six-years-old. A year later, he was able to get behind the wheel virtue of his father buying him a micro sprint to race at Grand Bend Speedway.
Since then, Morneau has been successful behind the wheel, with multiple victories to his name through the years.
“My most memorable moment is a toss up between winning my first race at Flat Rock in a full-size stock car and was also the 100 lap race, or winning the street stock championship at Flat Rock in 2017,” he commented. “Both were very memorable moments for me, being two very big milestones and being able to pull into victory lane and celebrate with family. It was a very awesome experience!!”