PORT ELGIN, ON – Veteran Jason Parker will resume his bid for a first ever APC United Late Model Series win this Saturday as the tour hits Sunset Speedway for its second appearance of the 2017 season.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve unloaded at Sunset without feeling like we have a chance at winning,” says Parker with a grin. “It’s just a place that our whole team feels really comfortable. It’s been a home away from home for us for a few years.”
“We’ve won some big races there and we’ve run up front there more times than I can remember. We have a really good Sunset package and with all of our experience there I really believe we have the right stuff to contend on Saturday.”
Parker, a former Velocity 250 winner at the facility, has long been considered a favourite to win at Sunset when behind the wheel of his Ltd. Late Model. Now, he’s looking to find a way to extend that that prowess to his burgeoning Pro Late Model efforts.
“Our team had a slower start to the season than we would have liked – but we’ve had a ton to be proud of in the last month,” states ‘The New Age Punisher’. “Our Limited [Late Model] stuff has been great and right now it’s just all about finding a way to transition that to our [APC] tour stuff. We can still get the job done, we just need to figure this Pro Late [Model] out.”
“I love the longer races that are part of the tour and I still think I’m enough of a strategist to win one of these races,” adds Parker. “We’ll be coming to Sunset with confidence because we know it’s a place where we can get to the front and stay there.”
Parker has been a staple on the APC Series roster since its 2015 inception and wastes little time in offering credit to what tour director Luke Ramsay and his team have built.
“‘I’m not sure what more you could say about this tour,” shrugs Parker. “It’s incredible what Luke and his guys have done. It’s the most professionally-run operation I’ve been a part of at the Short Track level.”
“Bringing together this level of talent is something you might not see again in this province,” continues the multi-time Sauble Speedway champion. “When you’re racing these guys you’re out there working every single lap because there isn’t a single tomato can on this roster.”
“You’re seeing the level of racing that you are because these guys are all putting everything they have into their programs. You aren’t going to find that anywhere else.”