PORT ELGIN, ON – No stranger to Sunset Speedway victory lane, veteran Jason Parker will be in search of his first career APC United Late Model Series triumph when the tour kicks off their 2017 season at the facility this Saturday.
“You’re never going to have to twist my arm to come out and race with the APC [Series] guys,” smiles the multi-time Sauble Speedway champion. “I love that series. I love the teams that race it, I love the officials and I love the format. It fits my style perfectly. It’s home for us”
The Port Elgin, ON star is a former Ltd. Late Model winner at Sunset and is oft-considered a perennial contender any time his JP Motorsports squadron unload at the 3/8-mile facility.
“Sunset is always going to be a track that my guys and I feel comfortable at,” explains ‘The New Age Punisher’. “We’ve won races there before. Big races. Against big time competition. We’ve had podiums and we’ve developed an understanding of what it takes to win. Our Sunset program – in any car we roll in there with – is strong enough to stand and trade with anybody else in the province”
“We plan on being in the ballpark right from the moment we unload,” adds Parker. “We know what works and what doesn’t there. If everything goes the way I hope it will, you aren’t going to find us beating our heads against the wall trying to find a combination that will work – we’ll be fine-tuning things and smoothing out some edges to get the most out of our equipment”
A longtime Ltd. Late Model veteran turned Pro Late Model regular, Parker’s respect for the series and its competitors is evident when asked what will be his keys to victory this weekend.
“This series is always going to be one that makes you pay for your mistakes,” explains the veteran. “You can’t take any of these guys lightly, man. If you make a wrong move, you’re going backwards. If you get stuck in the wrong lane on a restart, you’re going backwards. It leaves you with no room for error”
“You have to stay focused for every corner of every lap. If you can’t do that, you’re in for a long day. We’re as motivated as we’ve ever been and we’re ready to win. It’s going to happen eventually – so it might as well be Saturday.”