SEEKONK, Mass. — track story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Seekonk Speedway photo —
A racing family in New England is one of the best in the country. Not only can a father and son, or father and daughter, race together, the family affair goes even further than that.
Think about it.. How easy is it for a whole family of supporters to show up and watch a driver compete here at Seekonk Speedway? I see it from my spot in the booth each and every Friday night. It is easy to look around and see all of one area wearing the same t-shirt, cheering for the same driver and enjoying themselves on a Friday night out.
It happens all across New England of course, but here at Seekonk, we have some of the top combinations in auto racing. On Friday, Emily Brightman competes in the Pure Stock class and her father, Mike Brightman, a former Late Model champion, competes on Saturday in the Pro Stocks.
This week, we will take a look at a combination of a father and son who race two completely different cars with two completely different goals right now.
Ray Parent has won at Seekonk Speedway many, many times before. He even took the checkered flag earlier this season in the Late Models on Opening Day and said after, “I love coming here. It’s a great way to have fun and run well.”
Well, for Parent, he’s been having some fun touring on the American Canadian Tour (ACT) on and off over the last few seasons. Even though he has not been able to grab a championship just let, he has certainly made ground and won multiple races.
Ray has also be in competition in multiple tracks so far in 2015, not only Seekonk, but also Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
Now, on Friday evenings, big Ray spends his time right here at Seekonk with his son, Ray Jr. He competes weekly in the Nick’s Pit Stop Legend Cars and has seen so much growth and improvement behind the wheel in just a few short months.
I can remember back to the early practice sessions in April… Parent Jr. struggled to get the handling and the power down, especially on the exit of the corners and now he is becoming one of the smoothest on the exit of the turns.
A few weeks ago, Parent Jr. was leading, driving away from the pack in the qualifying heat when something broke, sending him spinning and into the outside wall. It seemed like his night was over before even getting out for the feature, but it was not the case.
The team worked extremely hard to get little Ray back out on the track for the feature and he made it happen. Over the last few weeks, he has started in the back of the field and made magic taking one spot at a time, making progress.
So in the end… No matter the Parent’s, Brightman’s, Casper’s or any other family that races here at the Action Track of the East…
Racing is a family sport.
CREDIT: Seekonk Speedway Scene