PORT ELGIN, ON- Fresh off of a Ltd. Late Model championship victory at Sauble Speedway, Jason Parker has announced he will file entry for Sunset Speedway’s 125-lap ‘Canadian Limited Late Model Championship’ event on Thursday, September 18th.
“The weekly deal this year worked out great, and we’re honoured to be the Sauble Speedway champions”, opens Parker, “but these big races are what we live for”
“There’s an atmosphere at a race like this that you can’t really match anywhere else”, adds Parker. “We’ll be unloading with the intent on making some memories on Thursday night”
Parker claimed his first career Sunset Speedway victory in his last trip to the 1/3 mile on July 27th, and hopes to follow up with a strong outing in 125-lap competition.
“The first win is always the toughest to get, so we’re definitely ready to go back to victory lane at Sunset”, smiles the veteran. “The monkey’s off our back and the new car works great at Sunset. We’ve got a solid setup to build off of, and I think with a few minor adjustments we’ll be more than ready to go for 125-laps”
When asked his strategy for the event, ‘The New Age Punisher’ admits his outlook on the extended distance event might differ from others.
“I know that a lot of guys are going to say that they’re going to hang back and run mid-pack for most of the race, but I don’t see a lot of sense in doing that”, explains the now 3-time Sauble Speedway champion.
“The way I see it, if you’re stuck amongst the mid-pack cars, you’re putting yourself at a far greater risk of getting caught in someone else’s mess”
“I’m hoping to time trial well, get lucky in the invert and start as close to the front as I can. Once we’re there, the plan is definitely to stay there”, continues Parker. “Obviously you need to save your equipment over the course of a 125-lap race, but you can be at the front and still save your tires and brakes”
With his July trip to victory lane still fresh in his mind, Parker is quick to note a victory on Thursday night would be even more significant.
“My favourite win is always my most recent one”, jokes Parker. “I’ve seen the guys talking about this event on social media, and it’s pretty clear it’s going to bring out the very best of the division. Any time that you can get a win over elite-level competition, it’s a special feeling”
“We won a 75-lap race last time, so that just means that a 125-lap race is 25% more important”, closes the Port Elgin, ON-based wheelman with a grin.
Details for Sunset Speedway’s ‘Canadian Limited Late Model Championship’, including gate times and ticket prices, can be found at www.SunsetSpeedway.ca.
Jason Parker’s 2014 season is powered by 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.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)