Brandon Murrell is Getting Ready for an Exciting New Season of Action
By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Brighton Speedway's 2016 calendar gets closer week by week, day by day and even minute by minute. Things get underway with the lid-lifter scheduled for Saturday, April 30th and after finishing 6th in the final Pro Stock point standings, Brandon Murrell hopes to pick-up where he left off at the conclusion of the last 2 seasons.
Originally from St. Catharines and now living in Gores Landing, the 22 year-old – who works as a service advisor at the Goodyear Auto Centre in Cobourg – says he's counting the days toward the upcoming season. He and his team have been putting in some long hours in the shop to make sure they're ready when the green flag flies.
"We've done a lot with the car since the end of last season," said Murrell, whose resume also includes time behind the wheel of a Comp 4/Mini Stock machine. "Its amazing to see the motivation some success has given this team. We really started to find our rhythm and get everything we could out of the car. Our goal is to take that next step and turn in some consistent runs on a week-to-week basis."
A fondness for dirt track racing is hardly a casual thing for Brandon Murrell. While living in the Niagara region, his grandfather Jim Murrell raced in the local Late Model division, while his Uncle Tim helped-out on Ron Smoker's cars at tracks like Merrittville and Ransomville. His father Terry put in time as a crew member for many of the top Northeast Modified teams and his Pro Stock carries the #19, which the reverse of the number used by Billy Decker, one of the most successful runners to ever strap into a Big Block Modified.
"One of my favourite things about the sport is being with my racing family at the track each week and seeing our hard work come together," said the driver, who set fast time at Humberstone Speedway's All Canadian event in 2015 and scored one of his 2 feature event wins at Brighton on the same weekend. "My Dad, brother and Mom are all part of the team and really get behind everything we do. They help keep things in perspective and make sure the car is ready when we roll through the pit gates."
Brandon Murrell's weekly race program is powered by a General Motors 602 Crate engine and supported by Orange Motorsports KTM, K-D Transmissions, Yorkie's Barbecue, Hannah Motors, Northumberland Stars Hockey, Mayhew Graphics, Tindall Tree Service, Frank Bouwman's Kitchens, GWC Spray Foam and Champion Racing Lubricants.
Murrell lists 2013 NASCAR Xfinity Series and 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson as his favourite professional racer and says he'd like to see a race at Volusia Speedway. Away from racing, he enjoys playing hockey.
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After finishing 6th in the point standings in each of the past 2 seasons, Brandon Murrell is hoping to crack the top 5 in Brighton Speedway's Pro Stock ranks once the 2016 campaign gets underway.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media