While it wasn’t the warmest day at Springport Speedway (MI), Jason Parish was on fire at the 3/8-mile oval as he dominated the 50-lap feature for the ICAR Top Speed Modifieds on Saturday night. Parish led all 50 laps en route to his second win of the season, both of which have come at Springport.
“Well, any victory is good,” Jason Parish told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “But we worked really hard this week so that makes two in a row here at Springport pretty special.”
Parish started on the pole by virtue of the modified redraw with Nick Clemens to his outside. Both drivers proved to be the class of the field as they quickly separated themselves from the rest of the pack in the first few laps.
At one point Parish made it look easy as he stretched his lead out to almost a whole straightaway over Clemens.
“No race is easy,” said Parish. “You’re in it every lap, so nothing is easy.”
While Parish was strong on the long runs and most restarts, Clemens put up a fight from the outside lane on a restart with eight laps to go. He gave Parish a couple taps, but Parish was too strong.
“He wasn’t untouchable,” Jason Clemens stated. ” We gave him a couple shots there at the end. But he had the preferred line and you’re not going to drive through somebody so you have to go somewhere else. We gave it a shot there on that last restart, but he was just a little bit better than we were. Untouchable, no, but he was just a little bit better than we were there.”
Track position seemed to play a significant role during the Madhouse-style restarts, where the drivers choose whether they want the high side or the low side of the track by going to the right or the left side of the cone at the start/finish line.
On each restart, Parish took the inside which forced Clemens to the outside to be able to keep his second-place position.
“If we had the inside line to start then maybe the roles would have been reversed,” Clemens stated. “These cars are pretty equal because they came from the same shop. It was just a matter of him having the preferred line so he got to get out in front of me on the start.”
Parish has been a dominator in both races so far this season at Springport Speedway, which led him to joke about running every race here at Springport.
“That wouldn’t bother me at all,” said Parish. “But I like the competition and I like that we get to travel around with Top Speed. It’s just a good series to run for.”
The ICAR Top Speed Modifieds will be back in action on Tuesday, June 16 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, MI along with the CRA Super Series for the running of the Battle at Berlin 251.
To relive all of Saturday night’s action on demand, click here: http://speed51.com/trackside-now-top-speed-modifieds-at-springport/
-By Mikayla Kugler, Speed51.com Correspondent -Twitter: @MikaylaKugler
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ICAR Top Speed Modified
Springport Speedway, Springport, Michigan
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