Ohio’s Matt Westfall is racing full-time in the 2023 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship as the #33m driver for Ohio-based Ray Marshall Motorsports. (Dave Dellinger photo)
SPEEDWAY, Indiana — In terms of in-season feature starts, top five, top ten and final rankings, 2022 was a career year for USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour veteran Matt Westfall.
Now the Pleasant Hill, Ohio driver is aiming to surpass his performance in 2023 as he joins the series full-time as the No. 33m driver for Ohio-based Ray Marshall Motorsports.
A year ago, Westfall was in the peloton for 38 of his 39 appearances while posting three top fives and 14 top tens, all career bests, on his way to a seventh place finish in the final points classification.
In fact, Westfall’s third-place finish in October at the Western World Championships was his first podium finish with the USAC National Sprint Cars in over a decade since he finished third at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in 2012.
“It’s been a good year for us,” Westfall recalled of 2022. “I feel like we’re getting to where we have the gear now. I mean, we’ve always had good gear, but I feel like we know more about what we’re doing because I’ve been out riding late models, mods and stuff like that for so long.”
46-year-old Westfall’s racing achievements include the 1998 NAMARS Midget Championship, the 2014 Modified Eldora Speedway Title, the 2015 Eldora Late Model Crown, and two Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Car Championships in 2019 and 2021, to name a few.
Despite all those years behind the wheel of a variety of machines, it was a real test for Westfall to get back into the swing of things at the USAC National Sprint Cars, where he was a one-time winner at Eldora in 2006 monumental and did much to give him an extra boost in his step into the new year.
“It just took me a while to get used to the new Shock stuff,” explained Westfall. “I have Brad Wilson at Leary Shock Technology who has really helped us a lot. We worked together and I feel that has helped my program a lot.”
Westfall flies into 2023 with familiar colors and a familiar home at Ray Marshall Motorsports, with whom he has worked since the 2018 season. Entering their sixth year together, Westfall and Marshall are the longest-serving full-time USAC National sprint car team with Justin Grant and TOPP Motorsports. That kind of continuity is important in this sport and has contributed to their success over the past several years.
“We couldn’t have done it without Ray,” Westfall said of his team owner. “Ray provides us with everything we need. He’s more like a friend, not really a boss or owner; He gives me hell every now and then, but that’s to be expected. He was great to my family and his family is great too. We’ve also been working on some parts that we’re going to try to sell and that was good.”