Ray Parent and the Amtrol Ford Fusion Team headed north of the border this past weekend for one of the longest most demanding races on the American Canadian Tour schedule. The famed Circuit Ste-Croix track overlooking the St. Lawrence River in Quebec proved to be pivotal stop in the championship chase.
The rough and tumble ½-mile oval is known as the wildcard event in the ACT series; the event serves as a combination race for both the American and Série Canadian Tour competitors. 34 drivers from the States and Canada were in action.
Parent who battled his way through the last chance race after a flat tire in qualifying started the 200-lap event from 21st. Showing patience and race the race not the competitors the 17RI ran among the top-10 for most of the final 100-laps; ultimately crossing the finish line for an 8th place finish.
“I just stayed out of trouble and didn’t force anything,” stated Parent. “I waited till there was an opportunity to make a pass and played it conservative. I knew it was about finishing there. The track is very tough on equipment and drivers… You can easily over drive the corners and find yourself off track. It’s a long tough race.”
As the race played out, the championship point’s battle took center stage. With fellow competitors having problems it opened the door for the Amtrol machine to capitalize on misfortune. Parent who entered the event 5th in series points heads to the final race 2nd overall, with 2nd to 4th separated by just three-points. Something that stayed on the mind of the Tiverton, RI driver as the laps wound down.
“You don’t like to think about points when you are battling out there,” stated Parent. “But with just two races left, everyone is aware if something happens on track. When someone like Jimmy [Hebert], or Wayne [Helliwell, Jr.] has issues you are aware of it. It made us focus that much more on finishing the race. My guys worked hard and I’m proud of them. It was a great finish from where we started the day.”
Before the final event can decide the title chase, Parent and the Vermont based series head to their biggest stage of the year, The Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The invitational only event features 43 American Canadian Tours competitors from around New England Northeast Canada.
The event is the site of Parent’s first series win back in 2012.
“That was a win of a lifetime,” stated Parent. “We look forward to getting back there every year… Our type of [ACT] cars put on great racing there. It’s all about the win, points don’t matter, so you see lots of 3 and sometimes 4-wide racing; Its a great place to showcase our series and a lot of fun to compete in.”
Parent and the series grab the spotlight at the 1-mile NASCAR facility on September 20 before the final points event closes out the title chase on September 27 in upstate New York.
-Ray Parent Racing/Welded Media Press Release