Phoenix, AZ (Nov. 5, 2021) – Rackley W.A.R. Racing Development announced this afternoon from Phoenix Raceway that 13-year-old Luke Morey, from Denver, NC, will be the latest full-time signee to its driver development program for the 2022 race season.
Morey, will be making the transition from the U.S. Legends Cars International where he was the 2020 North Carolina State Champion for the U.S. Legends’ Bandoleros Bandit Division. Including the Legends, Mini Wedges and Bandoleros, he has amassed 58 wins since 2016 when he started racing in his former home state of Michigan. He kicked off his 2021 race season at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the Roval road course. His year consisted of 39 races in his Joe Ryan Race Cars-prepared U.S. Legends car with 5 wins.
The 8th grader at North Lincoln Middle School in Denver says his 2022 race season will focus on the Pro Late Model Program with Rackley W.A.R. as he begins a well-orchestrated plan for his future development.
“For 2022 I plan to focus on the Rackley W.A.R. program. Willie [Allen] wants me to stay in the seat as much as possible, so the late model will be my focus. I will race a few standalone events, and we hope to get some laps in a Micro Sprint and Open Wheel Modified, both on dirt.”
When asked about his future, Morey was quick to outline his short and long term career plans.
“My goal is NASCAR. I understand the challenge to get to that level, so I’ve known for a long time that I will have to work twice as hard as everyone else to make it. I plan on doing the Pro Late Model for 2022 and 2023 at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and the CARS Tour. We will probably test a Super Late Model late next year as well. 2024 will be a combination of Pro and Super Late Models and the ARCA series. By 2025 we plan to be in a NASCAR truck and also continue running Pro and Super Late Models as our schedule allows us. “
Rackley W.A.R. co-owner Willie Allen while confirming Luke as their newest team driver, told members of the media that he has been impressed with Morey’s talent for several years now and that he’s happy to have the opportunity to work with him going forward.
“Luke is a great young guy and he’s been successful in everything he’s driven. We’ve hoped to find an opportunity to work together as he’s gotten older and we are super-excited about running the Pro Late Model with him at Nashville next year as well as in the CARS Tour. I think the plan right now is to focus on the CARS Tour schedule full-time and also run the Nashville Fairgrounds [Speedway] races that don’t conflict. It’s going to be a big season next year for sure.”
Morey has positioned himself with some of the best racers in the business when it comes to mentorship, including 51-time winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Ron Hornaday, and Modifieds standout Billy Workman.
“I have been so lucky to have some great people around me. Joe Ryan, Billy Workman, Ron and Candice Hornaday; they’ve all been so great to me. They have treated me like family and I consider them as family. Candice has been my spotter and also the one who makes sure I’m safe before I leave the pits. They’ve all helped me over the past three years.”
Luke says he’s happy where he’s gotten so far in his young career, and remains humble to the support and discipline he’s learned in just a few short years.
“I am beyond satisfied. To be 13 years old and racing with Rackley W.A.R. is a dream. My mom and dad have told me from the time I can remember, that this dream of mine will be very hard. They never told me that I couldn’t do it, but they let me know how hard I will have to work. I didn’t know what that meant then, but I’m very blessed that they, and my late grandpa, have steered me the entire way.”
In addition to his already hefty Pro Late Model schedule for 2022, Morey also confirmed that he intends to run the Snowball Derby at 5 Flags in Pensacola, Florida next year.
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Rackley W.A.R. offers motorsports competition, development, marketing, management, and a suite of other industry-related services for professional race car drivers, race teams and industry sponsors. Rackley W.A.R. fields race vehicles in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as well as within the national Super and Pro Late Model ranks. Rackley W.A.R. is headed and co-owned by Curtis Sutton (Rackley Roofing, Inc.) and motorsports veteran, Willie Allen (Willie Allen Racing and W.A.R. Shocks, LLC).