PORT ELGIN, ON – With the upstart Great Lakes Concrete Ltd. Late Model Series just over a month away from its inaugural event, fans and insiders across Ontario are beginning to point to their early favourites to capture the first championship in series history. And, no matter whom you speak with, there remains one name that comes up over and over again when discussing legitimate championship contenders entering 2018: Jason Parker.
“It’s an exciting schedule for us because I’m not sure I could pick two speedways that I enjoy more than Sauble and Sunset,” says Parker. “Our team has run strong at both facilities and I feel like we can be a threat to win anytime we unload there. We’ll be prepared for all six of these races.”
‘The New Age Punisher’ – a multi-time Sauble Speedway track champion and a former Sunset Speedway Velocity 250 winner – will look to outlast some of the biggest names the Ltd. Late Model division has to offer, en route to adding another championship to his long list of accomplishments.
“This Series is going to have the best guys in the division working hard to beat one another,” explains the veteran. “There’s no question in my mind that all the heavy-hitters are coming out for this one. That’s exactly why I want my name on the championship trophy. This title is going to be something that really means something – and that’s a huge motivator for us.”
After having followed the APC United Late Model Series for the past three years, Parker has acclimated nicely to the different tempo required for extended-distance competition. This Summer, the veteran will look to apply that knowledge to each of the 75-lap GLC Series events.
“Long-distance races always take a lot of patience if a driver wants to be in the mix at the end,” says Parker. “We’ve won big races at both of these speedways, and I know that we have a setup package that can make that happen again.”
“The key is to have a balanced car and to get out front early. Ask any driver on this roster and that’s the strategy they’re going to give you. The team that wins this championship will need to have their program running at 100% for all 450-laps. We’re ready for it.”