Championship Showcase: Billy MorrisBilly Morris and the Morris Family Racing team finally broke through in 2012 to win the NSRA Top Eliminator class championship. This team had won a Super Eliminator championship, but came up just short in TE on a few different occasions. In 2012, everything came together for MFR with four victories and two runner-up finishes. They also had a perfect TE run of 2.950 at Soboba in April. The 28-year old driver from La Quinta, CA had huge support starting with Team Owners Rick & Shelly Morris as well as crew chief & 2012 Top Fuel Drag Boat champion Eddie Knox along with a dedicated crew including Mike Dickherber, Jon Montez, Joe Jiannoni, Frank Lucia, and Clayton Blake. Sponsors of the team included Red Line Oil, LED West, Eddie Knox Racing, MFR, and Dan Chittenden Race Cars. Billy would like to thank all of these folks for their contributions to this huge championship season. His most memorable moment of the season was the last race, which was his son Bradley’s first ever race, being just one month old. Having the whole family there was a boost to the Morris team, who reached the final round before losing a tough breakout decision by .001 (2.949 on a 2.95 Index). Billy says those tough losses are hard to forget, but provide motivation for next season. This team will be back in 2013 looking to repeat as the champions in one of the toughest categories on sand.
Billy scored two huge victories on the season at the Dome Valley February and October events. (Crazy Photo Squad Photo)
The MFR crew from left to right: Jon Montez, Crew Chief Eddie Knox, Clayton Blake, Mike Dickherber, Driver Billy Morris, Joe Jiannoni, Frank Lucia, and Car Owner Rick Morris. (NSDN Photo)
The MFR Dragster also put on a great show with a runner-up finish at Avenal in April. (Mike Biel Photo)
Billy's favorite event of the year was the Season Finale at Soboba in November when the newest MFR team member one month old son Bradley was able to attend his first race. (NSDN Photo)