Although the past year was one many would like to forget, Jerrid Morphy made the most of it at Flamboro Speedway with a multiple trips to victory lane.
“The year of 2021 is one of those years that most people would love to just throw away and forget with the worldwide pandemic going on,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “The Canadian Vintage Modified club rallied together like a racing family and produced great racing at Flamboro. My team was pretty excited to get that final race under our belt for the season and take home the 2021 Canadian Vintage Modified Championship.”
Looking back on the year which featured just one finish outside the top-five, he admits it being tough to pick a single memorable moment of 2021.
“When you’re at a race track, there are just so many things going on,” he added. “Whether it’s on the track winning races or in the pits talking to crews and fans, they all have their memorable moment.”
Ultimately, it wasn’t all sunshine and roses with the team having to overcome adversity, including significant damage at times.
“The team for sure had a few tough nights,” he admitted. “I have a great group of guys with some extensive experience around race cars working on my stuff and we were always ready for the challenge on any night.”
It’s why Morphy says he can’t “ask for much more out of these,” noting they are always prepared for each and every week. Though as a driver, he admits the need to keep developing and sharpening his skills.
Morphy will return to the Canadian Vintage Modifieds for 2022, set on putting together another solid campaign.
“The club competition level is great there is a wide variety of driver capabilities in the club,” he commented. “It’s been awesome over the last couple years watch to some of the newer drivers in the club work their way to the front of the series.”
Morphy is also set to make his Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified debut in 2022, feeling it was the next right stepping stone.
“As a driver, I have always raced open wheel vehicles,” he shared. “I’m not a big fender guy and not big on doing bodywork every week.”
The focus, no matter which car, is to go out there and have fun, not getting caught up in the points battle as they did in 2021.
“I don’t think we captured all of the wins that were possible for the team, leaving a little bit on the table each night,” he explained. “We are going to try our best to divide the team and field a car in both CVM series and the OSCAAR series the best we can for 2022.”
For Morphy, he got his start by racing four stroke go-karts at WRKC at Bingaman Park. By witnessing others move on from those ranks to CVMs, along with being a big part of the Ontario racing culture, it seemed like the right natural progression.