Two years removed from winning their first Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North championship, the No. 77 Hight Motorsports team will be cutting back their racing schedule for the 2016 season. Team owner Corey Hight informed Speed51.com powered by JEGS that his team will compete in a limited amount of races next season while he spends more time with his nine-year-old son.
“I cut way, way, way back just because of family stuff,” Hight said. “I have a nine-year-old at home. I didn’t cut back because of anyone’s performance or anybody’s anything.”
Throughout the offseason a number of rumors have surrounded Hight’s team including the complete shutdown of the race team and the possibility of a new driver replacing Trevor Sanborn. When reached for comment, Sanborn indicated that he is in contact with Hight nearly every day and will continue to drive for the team in the limited amount of races the team attempts in 2016.
“I think he’s kind of looked at his future a little bit and his son is starting to get older so he wants to hang out with him more,” said Sanborn. “I think that he’s done the racing thing a long time and I just don’t think he wants to do it full-time. There’s a lot of PASS North races on the schedule and I think it’s just too much for him and too much to find the help to do it.”
After making his decision to cut back the team’s racing schedule, Hight informed crew chief Brian Burgess of the decision so that he would have the opportunity to find work with another team next season. Despite the rumors that are swirling of a bad breakup between the two, Hight says that he and Burgess parted ways on great terms.
“Brian is still a really good friend of mine and I talk to him every day,” he stated. “I didn’t feel as though it was fair to him. I wanted him to know what I was doing so that he could go work for another team if he wanted to.
“Of course you hear all kinds of rumors about how we left on bad terms. That isn’t the case at all. I don’t want people to get that conception because it isn’t true.”
At this time, Hight has yet to determine the actual schedule or amount of races that the team will attempt next season. He has his sights set on some of the bigger events like the Oxford 250 and PASS 300 at Beech Ridge, but says that even those events aren’t locked-in dates on their schedule.
“To be 100-percent honest with you, and I’ve told Trevor this, what races I go to I have no idea at this point,” Hight explained. “I’m still trying to put some stuff together whether it be two, five or seven races who knows. I can really almost assure you it won’t be any more than two or three or four.
“A lot of that depends on my scheduling with my son and my family. I don’t want to be the dad that misses the first home run or something. I can’t. I wouldn’t be able to sleep.”
During his time away from the race track, Hight plans to spend time watching and coaching his son as he competes in youth sports. While he wants to be able to witness his son’s first home run, Hight doesn’t believe that he’ll ever have to worry about missing his first checkered flag.
“He thinks that he’s going to drive the race car someday, but I’ve got bad news for him. I don’t think grandma and grandpa are going to approve of that.”
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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