PORT ELGIN, ON – After three weeks of promising performances at Sunset Speedway, longtime Ltd. Late Model heavyweight Jason Parker hopes that this week’s 2018 lid-lifter at Sauble Speedway will yield his first trip of the year to victory lane.
“The first race under the NASCAR [Whelen All-American Series] sanctioning is one that I know every driver on the roster wants,” says Parker. “We understand what a win on the first night of the season could do for our run towards another championship here.”
“We have a bit of a different setup in this car than what we’ve had at Sauble in previous years – so it might take some getting used to,” continues the multi-time champion. “Sauble has always been a real tough place to prepare for. It can take a lot of laps to get a handle on something new. So, we’ll see what we can do in the opener and go from there.”
While ‘The New Age Punisher’ has looked strong in his early-season appearances, there’s no question his JP Motorsports squad won’t be satisfied until they’re a regular fixture in the division’s win column.
“We aren’t the team that’s ever going to be happy hauling out to the speedway to just stand around and be an after-thought,” says the Port Elgin, ON veteran matter-of-factly. “So far this year, we’ve been good but not great. And that means we’ve been in the shop figuring things out and trying to get a handle on what the car likes and what I like and what we can do to put it all together.”
“There are no free rides in a division as tough as this one,” adds Parker. “You’re only going to get out of it what you put into it. We learned that a long time ago. So, we’ll be putting in work until we’re satisfied.”
As they ready for their return to Sauble weekly competition, the fan favourite can’t help but feel optimistic about his team’s chances to exit ‘the Beach’ with their first triumph of the year.
“I’m always going to feel like our team has a chance to win when we roll into Sauble Speedway,” insists Parker. “We’ve had a lot of win there and we’ve laid down a lot of laps that have taught us just about everything we know. It’s my job to make sure I’m getting the most of our equipment to give us a chance to win – that’s the number one goal for Opening Night.”