Morris looks forward to Fall Cycle Scene at Daytona

Richie Morris looks forward to homecoming during Fall Cycle Scene. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Sept. 17, 2002) -- Richie Morris lived in Daytona Beach, Fla., for 20 years, so every time he gets a chance to compete at Daytona International Speedway, he...

Richie Morris looks forward to homecoming during Fall Cycle Scene.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Sept. 17, 2002) -- Richie Morris lived in Daytona Beach, Fla., for 20 years, so every time he gets a chance to compete at Daytona International Speedway, he knows he'll have some support among the crowd of spectators.

"There will be a lot of people out there," said Morris when asked how many friends he expects to watch him compete during the Oct. 17-20 Fall Cycle Scene. "I hope I still have a pretty good following."

While Morris, who wheels the No. 9 Hal's Performance Harley Buell, moved to Elkhart Lake, Wis., he still considers the "World Center of Racing" as one of his home tracks.

"I still feel that way mainly because of my sponsors and my friends are still there," said Morris, who is sponsored locally by Daytona Harley-Davidson and the Ocean Deck.

Morris expects to only compete in the Buell Lightning Series finale during Fall Cycle Scene. He sits fourth in the championship standings and won't have a statistical shot at the title, but he'll still be racing as hard as he can.

"I'm out of the title," Morris said. "My teammate has a shot. I've won a couple of races this year, but we've had some bad luck."

The 42-year-old Morris has been coming to Daytona enough years that he could turn laps around the 3.56-mile road-course in his sleep. He says the key to a fast lap at Daytona is the exit to the chicane.

"Daytona is 100 percent the chicane," Morris said. "The trick to getting around Daytona is getting out of the chicane because that determines the amount of (speed) when you reach the start/finish line.

"If you come out (of the chicane) at 100 mph, you're going to be hitting the tri-oval at 165. If you come out at 90, you'll be hitting 160. That makes a big difference."

Tickets for Fall Cycle Scene are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.

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