CONCORD, N.C. — official team release by Race Chaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker — AM Racing photo —
The 2015 Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series for INEX Legend Cars and Bandoleros came to an end on championship night last Tuesday, and 15-year-old Alex Murray finished out his first series competing in the Pro division with a seventh place run.
The effort by the family owned team on Tuesday made it four straight strong runs after three weeks of electrical and motor problems slowed their progress tremendously in their quest to become competitive in the series’ top division.
“We’re happy with the way we finished out the series,” Alex said afterward. “Sure, we would have liked to have won or have been running for wins. But it was our first time running Pro, racing against drivers older and more experienced in legends than me and most of those guys don’t run their own teams. They have an “arrive and drive” program where other people maintain their cars. We feel like we showed very well the last few races considering that we don’t have the budget many do and we did it all ourselves.”
Alex finished seventh in points despite three DNF’s. He was the youngest racer in the division.
The team now looks to the future, which for Alex will mean stepping up into a Late Model Stock Car. He has tested a car a few times but has yet to compete in a race event.
“I’ve tested at Hickory a couple of times and we’ve run competitive speeds,” Alex said of his late model exploits previous to now. “We just wanted to take our time and do it right if we’re going to move up. We are working to put a program together for 2016 and we’ll have more to say once we have things in line.”
“I’m excited about what we’re working on, and looking forward to seeing where it will go. I’m grateful to everyone who helps me with my racing and for all the incredible people I’ve met. Just to be running the Summer Shootout against drivers I look up to who have way more legends experience than me was amazing. We didn’t have the best luck but we kept working hard and finished strong. I am looking forward to what comes next!”