Ohio’s Matt Westfall will go full-time in 2023 with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship as driver of the Ohio-based Ray Marshall Motorsports No. 33m. (Dave Dellinger Photo)
SPEEDWAY, Ind. — In terms of single-season starts, top-fives, top-ten and final point finishes, 2022 was a career year for veteran Matt Westfall on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour.
Now, the Pleasant Hill, Ohio driver is eager to top that performance in 2023 as he goes full-time with the series as driver of the Ohio-based Ray Marshall Motorsports No. 33m.
A year ago, Westfall appeared in 38 of his 39 appearances while racking up three top-fives and 14 top-tens en route to a seventh-place finish in the final points standings – all career bests.
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 taking third in 2012 at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.
“It was a good year for us,” Westfall recalled of 2022. “I feel like now we’re getting to where we’re equipped. I mean, we’ve always had good equipment, but I feel like we know more about what we’re doing because I was out so long driving late models, mods and stuff like that.”
The 46-year-old Westfall’s racing accolades include the 1998 NAMARS Midget championship, the 2014 Eldora Speedway Modified title, the 2015 Eldora Late Model crown, plus two Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Car championships in 2019 and 2021, just to name a few.
With that said, despite all the years behind the wheel of a variety of machines, it has been a test of greatness for Westfall to get back into step with the USAC National Sprint Cars, where he is a one-time winner at Eldora back in 2006. called in the new bits and pieces last year was monumental and went a long way in giving him an extra pep in his step into the new year.
“It just took a while to get acclimated to the new shock stuff,” Westfall explained. “I have Brad Wilson there at Leary Shock Technology who has really helped us a lot. We’ve been working together and I feel like it’s helped my program a lot.”
Westfall flies into 2023 with familiar colors and a familiar home with Ray Marshall Motorsports, with whom he has been partnered since the 2018 season. Entering their sixth year together, Westfall and Marshall are tied with Justin Grant and TOPP Motorsports as the longest-running full-time USAC National Sprint Car team. That kind of continuity is important in this sport and has been instrumental in their success in recent years.
“We couldn’t do it without Ray,” Westfall said of his team owner. “Ray supplies us with everything and that’s what we need. He is more like a friend, not really a boss or an owner; he gives me hell once in a while, but that’s to be expected. He has been great to my family and his family is great too. We have also been working on some parts that we will try and start selling, and it has been good.”