SEEKONK, Mass. — Ray Parent is riding a huge wave of momentum into Saturday’s Propane Plus 150 for the American Canadian Tour at Seekonk Speedway.
He rolled into Seekonk last Saturday night and put his No. 17 in competition in the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series 50 lap feature for the tracks Late Model class. When all was said and done, he ended up sitting in victory lane.
That victory caught the eyes of one sponsor, who will now jump on board and help Parent out for the ACT event this Saturday.
Anytime Realty has inked a deal to support Parent in this weekend’s Propane Plus 150 at the Action Track of the East.
“Ray has been one of the drivers I have had my eye on for a while,” said Don Parsons, owner of Anytime Realty. “He is exactly the type of driver I want to be associated with and is a class act on and off the track. We got to talking recently and he was looking for some support and I offered to help him out. We will see where it goes from there.”
Though Parent hasn’t been competing full-time on the ACT Tour this season, like he has in years past, he hasn’t lost his touch behind the wheel.
He started deep in the field in Seekonk’s 50 lap feature Saturday and methodically worked his way through the field and grabbed second from Dylan Estrella in the final laps. Even though he crossed the line second at the checkered flag, winner and fellow ACT Tour competitor Eddie MacDonald was disqualified, handing the win to Parent.
“Since we lost our primary sponsor AMTROL, we haven’t really raced that much,” Parent said. “We had a racing party in the offseason, so the money from there and the finish at Lee gave us enough to go to Waterford and we had a good finish with a fifth. Obviously, we would have figured it out, but I don’t know where we would have got the money. Don (Parsons) took care of our tires and fuel and I can’t thank him enough — it allows me to get the car ready. I met Don for the first time today.”
The competition on Saturday will be fierce and Parent knows he will have to do everything he can to have track position in the final laps. It won’t be easy to come through the field like he did Saturday night. Many of the Seekonk weekly drivers in the Late Model class will compete in the event against the stars of the ACT Tour.
The ACT Tour returns to Seekonk for the first time since 2007 on Saturday night, with qualifying heats beginning the night’s action at 6 p.m. The Sports Trucks, Street Stocks and INEX Legends will also be a part of the program, with the Legends competing in a 30 lap National Qualifier event.
For more information, visit www.seekonkspeedway.com.
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Kyle Souza is an aspiring Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.
When not writing, Souza works at the Seekonk Speedway as the track’s Friday night public address announcer and press writer, and is also the Media Director for both the Granite State Pro Stock Series and the Tri Track Open Modified Series.
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