PORT ELGIN, ON – Provincial heavyweight Jason Parker will look for his first Pro Late Model podium of the season this Saturday, July 1st as the APC United Late Model Series touches down at Delaware Speedway for the Canada Day 100.
The fan favourite sits 17th in series points at present, having tallied finishes of 15th (Sunset), 22nd (Flamboro) and 13th (Flamboro) this season. And while the 2017 campaign has not started out the way Parker and team had envisioned, they firmly believe Delaware will play host to their mid-season turnaround.
“I think there are a lot of times where guys get to think about what they want to do for strategy and they over-complicate things,” offers Parker. “I’m just looking to keep things simple. We’re out to qualify strong, get a good starting spot and then move to the front as quickly as we can”.
Parker is a former Delaware Speedway regular who understands just how to attack the demanding half-mile facility. Specifically – he does not intend on being around if calamity strikes.
“Delaware’s the type of place where you might actually do my harm to yourself by hanging around in the back than you would just by being aggressive and getting to the front,” says ‘The New Age Punisher’. “The parity on this tour is fantastic – but it means it can take that much longer to work through the field if you wait too long”.
“Delaware will beat you up – there’s no two ways about it,” adds Parker. “We’re trying to avoid that at all costs. There’s not a lot of room to move there and that inside wall on the front stretch is real dangerous”.
“We’re going to get out front in a hurry so we can use the whole track and miss out on getting knocked around in traffic”.
Despite his uncharacteristically slow start to the season, the multi-time Sauble Speedway weekly champion exudes confidence when asked his JP Motorsports unit’s chances of asserting themselves on Saturday.
“Every [APC United Late Model Series] race that we run is tougher,” stresses Parker. “It’s pretty incredible how much better these [teams] get from week to week. We aren’t focusing on the mechanical stuff we’ve been dealing with this last month or so. Delaware’s going to be our turnaround. We have a program that can steal some headlines this weekend”.