(Asheville, N.C). — Lee Tissot has a message for his fellow competitors in the Southeast Super Truck Series - he's not going anywhere (i.e., leaving the series). The veteran driver is more determined than ever to win the 2015 series championship.
Having started the season driving for Jeff Myers, who also owns the Southeast Super Truck Series, Tissot will finish the remainder of the campaign teaming-up with longtime supporter Jeff Caldwell. Tissot and Caldwell have finalized details to lease the truck from Myers and compete out of the Lee Tissot Racing shop.
"I really appreciate Jeff Myers for all he's done for me in racing, giving me the opportunity to drive his truck this year," said Tissot earlier this evening while taking a brief break from working on the Chevrolet truck. "But it's just gotten to the point with all the crying and whining from other competitors' over me driving for Myers and him owning the series, that in best interest of the series I've made the split away from Myers. Jeff Caldwell has backed me in racing for many years, and he and I have leased Myers' truck and it will be raced out of Lee Tissot Racing shop the remainder of the season.
"Myers has a really good thing going with the Southeast Super Truck Series, and I'm wanting to see the series be successful and continue to grow. I really believe it will, because when you look at the costs it takes to run with the series it's really affordable for racers. I'm going to do all I can to help support the series."
If Tissot were a Major League Baseball player, he would be earning a salary in the millions if his race-winning percentage applied. Because just like the hot heat of summer, Tissot is the hottest driver competing on the Southeast Super Truck tour with three victories in six events this season.
Tissot, 45 years old and from Asheville, is riding a three-race winning streak having won consecutive events at Tri-County Motor Speedway (Hudson, N.C.), Greenville-Pickens Speedway (Easley, S.C.) and Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway. On the strength of the three victories, plus one runner-up at Anderson Motor Speedway (Williamston, S.C.), along with two fourth-place finishes at Lonesome Pine Raceway (Coeburn, Va.) and Tri-County Motor Speedway to begin the season, Tissot finds himself perched atop the Southeast Super Truck point standings heading into the series' next event over the Fourth of July holiday weekend at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.
"You know, we've had a really good season competing with the Southest Super Truck Series," said Tissot. "But I'm just sick and tired of hearing the crying and complaining from others' competing in the series over how I had an unfair advantage because I was driving Jeff's (Myers) truck. I'm currently leading the points not because I was driving Myers' truck, but because I put in the hours working on the equipment between races back in the shop and I'm ready to race when we arrive at the track. All other drivers and race teams just need to worry more about working on their equipment instead of complaining because I'm outrunning them.
"Through the first six races this season I've got three wins, a second-place and two fourth-place finishes. That's no finish lower than fourth, and that's what has us leading the points with all top-five finishes. You've got to be consistent with your finishes when points racing and not have any DNF's (Did Not Finish). I might not win another race this year, but you can be certain it won't be because time's not been spent working on the truck in the race shop. With all the drama going on and drivers and race teams crying and whining around over how strong I've ran, all I can say is 'get used to it' because I don't plan on backing down. Winning races, and moreso the series' championship, is what's on my mind."
It will be a doubleheader weekend of racing for Tissot, as he's also scheduled to drive the J&J Racing NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car at Kingsport Speedway on Friday, July 3. Then the following night on Saturday, July 4, the Southeast Super Trucks will be in the Palmetto State at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.
Backing Lee Tissot Racing on the No. 27 Chevrolet truck in the Southeast Super Truck Series is Jeff's Auto Sales of Leicester, N.C. (828-683-JEFF ... jeffsautosalesllc.com).
J&J Racing is owned by father and son, Jeff and Jason Herron. Mark Williams serves as crew chief, with David Ball mechanic, while Kevin Morgan is tire specialist and also spots for Tissot.
Supporters of J&J Racing on the No. 7 Ford Fusion include Ken Daffron's Dalton Direct Carpets located in the Bloomingdale community, Jeff's Auto Sales (Leicester, N.C), Northeast State Community College Motorsports Program, Five Star Race Car Bodies, Hess Racing Products Inc., Ford Racing, and Signs by Roach Graphics.
For more information regarding Lee Tissot Racing, contact Lee Tissot at (828) 243-8549.
-Walden Motorsports Communications