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June 12, 2014

Okay’s Morris on top, but not comfortable with it

If you ask Okay’s Andy Morris the secret to his climbing to the top of the Outlaw Modified points list at Outlaw Motorsports Park, he’ll be very blunt with his answer.

“That’s because of people not showing up,” he said. “It has nothing to do with my performance.”

The defending champion in the class sat in seventh place heading onto the races on May 17. But after back-to-back top-7 finishes, Morris finds himself 15 points ahead of Fort Gibson’s Tate Cole and 40 points clear of Muskogee’s Dalton Clay.

“The reason I’ve taken the points lead is because Tate and Dalton missed a week,” Morris said. “If those two guys hadn’t missed a week then I wouldn’t be in the points lead.”

The regular races at Outlaw have been put on hold the last two weeks because of the weather. They will resume, weather permitting, at 7 p.m. Saturday. Morris hopes the time off has allowed him to make some adjustments to get his driving to where he’s happy with it.

“The last two weeks we raced, I wasn’t happy with my performance at all,” Morris said. “So as far as saying there’s some kind of secret to it, it’s just dumb luck.”

When not racing at Outlaw, Morris ventures to other area tracks like Tri-State in Pocola and Mid-America in South Coffeyville where, according to him, he’s run really strong. But when it comes to Outlaw, he’s befuddled.

“I haven’t got the car to where I’m happy with it week in and week out,” Morris said. “It seems like I gain a little bit and adjust the car a little bit more in the direction I improved, and I go back a little bit. I can’t really seem to figure out where the sweet spot is.”

With his past successes at Outlaw, Morris is in a daze as to why he can perform well at other tracks but not at Outlaw.

“In the past, I’ve always had a really good handle on the place,” he said. “This year, it’s kind of eluded me.”

Last year, Morris’ color scheme was orange and black, But this season there has been a change and it might be having a negative effect.

“This year it’s orange and silver,” he said. “I actually liked the way last year’s looked anyways.”

With all the rain that has forced cancellations, Morris hopes the track hasn’t gone through significant changes.

“I’ve made some significant changes to the car so I’m really anxious to get out there and try it out,” Morris said. “The place sheds water pretty good. A few weeks ago we had gotten some rain and I went out there thinking it would be muddy. But the track had dried out.

“The place sweats off pretty good and it allows the burn around the top. I really don’t know what to expect. My hopes are the track has dried out pretty well.”

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