PORT ELGIN, ON – After opening his 2019 campaign with the plan on chasing a first career APC United Late Model Series championship, Jason Parker and his JP Motorsports outfit have made the decision to instead throw the full weight of their program behind a push towards a Sauble Speedway Pro Late Model Series title.
The four race mini-series opens up this Saturday, July 6th and is expected to draw some of the top names in Ontario Pro Late Model racing.
“We were all the way in as far as the APC (United Late Model Series) schedule was concerned – but we got torn up real bad (in Round 2) at Flamboro and we had to sit down and start asking ourselves some tough questions,” explains Parker.
“If you’re chasing points on the (APC Series) tour then you really can’t afford to have a bad night,” continues the veteran. “That’s just the reality. Once you have a bad night, your chance at racing for a championship gets kneecapped pretty bad. It’s not impossible, but it’s real improbable.”
After a week of weighing their options and rebuilding their damaged racecar, the team decided to put their fulltime APC Series aspirations on the back-burner and retool their season plans to instead chase a championship in Sauble Speedway’s newly formed Pro Late Model mini-series.
“Our team has always had that drive in us to want to chase championships,” says ‘The New Age Punisher’. “After getting wrecked out at Flamboro and then missing (Round 3 at) Jukasa we knew that we were done chasing an APC Series title for this season.”
“We don’t just want to fill out a roster spot somewhere,” continues Parker. “If we’re doing something we want to have a goal and a purpose for doing it. The fact that we can start fresh at Sauble this Saturday is huge for us.”
Parker anticipates the Sauble series to feature many of the familiar faces that follow the APC Series across the province which, coupled with ‘the Beach’s tight confines, will make each of the scheduled four events some of the most difficult to win all season.
“Sauble’s a tough place to win at regardless – but it’ll get real dicey when you throw in some of the best teams in Ontario,” offers the Port Elgin, ON native. “We know that we have a big challenge ahead of us but we’re game for it.”
“There might be a few nights this week where the shop light is on until 3:00 am but that’s just fine with me. When this car comes out of the trailer on Saturday we’re gonna make sure that it has every chance to run at the front. We won’t be coming half-prepared.”