Jason Witty turns his season around after early misfortunes
On Saturday July 22nd, Jason Witty would put on an amazing show at the head of the late model field as he would hold Chris Morrow off the entire 30 lap feature to pick up his third points night victory of the year and fourth victory overall.
“That was awesome,” Witty said afterwards. “No 4. Car has been really stout the last three runs. We made some changes tonight and it worked and we’re happy. To get a win at Sunset Speedway in this division with this much talent is great. It’s great to get the 19 to victory lane.”
Witty started the feature on the front row alongside Morrow and the pair battled back and forth a couple times with the cautions that flew with Witty able to hold on.
“Always fun racing with Chris,” Witty commented. “He’s been racing for years, won a lot of those races so there’s a few guys you like to be in those situations with – he’s one of them. Happy we both had a good finish and happy we were able to hold him off.”
There were high hopes coming into the year for the Witty racing team after buying a new McColl Racing Enterprises chassis over the off-season. However, those high hopes were dashed in the first month of racing. In the first four weeks of the year, Witty managed only one top 10 finish –a third. The other three nights – two wrecks and a blown motor on the first lap of the first heat.
“The beginning of the year wasn’t so easy,” Witty said. “We seem to kind of got over the hump now and that’s the fourth trophy in the case for 2013. So these ones definitely help you get over those ones. When you’re winning, it helps you get over the DNFs, the wrecks and the misfortunes. We’ll keep on trucking and hopefully we’ll have a few more. It’s not over yet.”
Heading into the second half of the year, the driver of the No. 19 Matco Tools/Queensville SOD Farms/Carrott Express/LaRue Haulage/Speedy Auto Machine Late Model finds himself out of the championship picture, currently sitting 16th in points. So with that said, it’s all about the wins now.
“Unfortunately after week three we’ve just been out here for trophies so the points aren’t something that we’re even close to now,” he said. “So trophies and just enjoying it. Just get a few more wins – I think we can. Obviously aim for a couple of those big ones at the end of the year. The 75 lapper, the Velocity and obviously Autumn Colors. Autumn Colors is the big one – I want that one.”
With the way the year started, it takes a dedicated group to get a team back up front in the thick of the battle and for that, Witty would like to thank both his crew and sponsors.
“The crew – they’re an awesome group,” Witty said. “Without them we wouldn’t be able to get this car out here and get it running like that so a big thanks to the 19 crew.
“Sponsors…Matco Tools are helping us out so much with wrenches and stuff. It’s making it so much easier to have the right stuff. Queensville SOD – he’s been awesome. Carrot Express – they’ve been with me since I’ve been here, same with Larue Haulage. Matt at Speedy Auto in Newmarket. Without him keeping us together, we wouldn’t be able to keep it out front. Big thanks to all of them.”