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Bradley Morris Finishes 2012 3rd in Pro Lite & Modified Kart, 2nd in Limited Buggy

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Racers battled in the last race of the season at Firebird Raceway, but K&N's Bradley Morris fought smart to clinch second overall in the points chase
Racers battled in the last race of the season at Firebird Raceway, but K&N's Bradley Morris fought smart to clinch second overall in the points chase
The 2012 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series' final contest was held at Firebird Raceway in Chandler, Arizona. For K&N's Bradley Morris and the BME race team, the tension was dialed up to eleven. Morris, the 2011 Limited Buggy class Rookie of the Year, was second in the Limited Buggy class and he was breathing down the neck of Kevin McCullough in the number one spot.

With the wave of the green flag Bradley Morris was able to get a quick lead over McCullough, with the rest of the pack tightly grouped and right on their tails. The split lane allowed Bradley Morris to go low, while McCullough went high, and when they exited Bradley Morris now had Fitzgerald on his tail with McCullough losing a few positions.

Bradley Morris and Fitzgerald immediately engaged in a non-stop battle, bumping tires and staying side-by-side around the track, even when going through the split lane where there appeared to be no extra space for the two of them racing. The hard racing only intensified as the laps rolled on. The lead pack of two turned into four, with no one willing to give an inch. All four drivers, Bradley Morris, Fitzgerald, McCullough and Poole, attempted to enter turn-three at the same time. Chaos was averted when Bradley Morris was forced to hit the brakes to keep away from what would surely have been a massive crash.
Despite getting pushed off the track and into the blow-up advertisement, Bradley Morris battled back to finish Challenge Cup in a solid fifth place
Despite getting pushed off the track and into the blow-up advertisement, Bradley Morris battled back to finish Challenge Cup in a solid fifth place


Keeping his cool and showing the brand of track maturity he first displayed last season, Bradley Morris was able to make up the ground that he had lost. Then when the last lap white flag waved, Morris tucked into second and remained focused on staying clean for the final lap. Morris held on and clenched second overall in the points chase, in only his second year of racing Limited Buggy.

With the points battle decided, the Challenge Cup was all that remained of the 2012 season. Drivers lined up for the race according to the Championship Points order and then that order was inverted. This put Bradley Morris on the very last row with Fitzgerald for the start of the race. Bradley Morris exploded off the line passing several cars immediately, and when he exited turn-three Morris was already up into the second spot.
Bradley Morris capped his second place Limited Buggy finish with third place in the Modified Kart and a third place and ROY award in Pro Lite class
Bradley Morris capped his second place Limited Buggy finish with third place in the Modified Kart and a third place and ROY award in Pro Lite class


More bumping between Bradley Morris and Fitzgerald ensued and this time when they touched tires, Bradley Morris got pitched sideways, heading off the track smack dab into the inflated advertisement barrier. Bradley Morris quickly got his car untangled though and he got back in the race, but was he was now almost a lap down. The wise-before-his-time driver keep pushing forward and making up ground. Eventually he caught up, and then once again he began working his way through the pack. Remarkably the talented young racer was still able to finish the Challenge Cup with an impressive top five finish despite the mishap.

Bradley Morris and the BME team's high level of consistency all season earned him second in points for the Limited Buggy class, which is the same class that he received the Rookie of the Year award last year. He also captured third in points in both the Pro Lite class and Modified Kart class. Bradley Morris also capped off this impressive season with the Rookie of the Year for 2012 in Pro Lite.

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