SAUBLE BEACH, ON- ‘The New Age Punisher’ Jason Parker capped off a dream 2014 season in picture perfect fashion on August 30th, tallying his 5th feature win of the season at Sauble, in turn earning his 3rd career speedway championship.
The Port Elgin, ON driver dominated the final race of the season, winning by a comfortable margin in the 35-lap event.
“Winning the last feature of the season is exactly the way we wanted to clinch this championship”, smiled Parker post-race.
“We built this car over the off-season, and it was a rocket right from the first race of the season. One of the best cars I’ve ever driven. My guys did an awesome job setting it up tonight. We were every bit as fast as we’ve been all season”
Parker controlled the point lead from the first week of the season, bouncing back from a pair of frustrating seasons for his third career title.
“Championships definitely don’t come any easier as you get older”, laughed Parker. “We had to work for this one right from opening night. This means every bit as much to us as our first championship did. Kevin Virtue and Adam Page were with me every step of the way. There’s not a chance that any of this would have happened without their help”
“When you look at the level of competition we’re out here against every single week, it’s pretty incredible”, continued Parker. “Guys like Scott McTeer, Marvin Freiburger and Tom Gibbons. These are top-shelf competitors and I’d race side-by-side with them any day. It’s an honour to compete with them, and a huge accomplishment to be able to say we beat them”
“We’ve been decent the last two seasons, but we’ve really struggled with consistency. I think that’s what I’m most proud of this year. We were good every single week. Not a single DNF and not one finish outside of the top-5 – which is exactly what we set out to accomplish this season”
With the curtain closed on Sauble’s regular season, Parker and his JP Motorsports squad will take a well-earned week off, before preparing for a number of late-season invitationals at speedway across the province.
‘The New Age Punisher’ will return to action at Sunset Speedway on Thursday, September 18th for a 125-lap $2600-to-win Ltd. Late Model invitational that’s expected to draw some of the top competitors from around the region. Details for the event, including gate times and ticket prices, can be found at www.SunsetSpeedway.ca.
Jason Parker is proud to represent Prestige General Contractors, Saugeen Shores Transmission, MacDonnell Fuels, BAXI / Marathon Industries, Keeprite, Candue Homes, Ron Gibbons Construction and Crabby Joe’s of Port Elgin/Hanover throughout the 2014 season.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)