ELBRIDGE, N.Y. – Michael Parent has been riding high since a win at the Lebanon Valley Speedway two weeks ago. Parent rode that confidence on Wednesday night to a win on opening night of SUNY Canton Speedway at the Rolling Wheels Raceway.
Parent utilized a front row starting position and he stalked Paul Habeck the early leader until he eventually found and opening and powered by to take the lead just prior to the halfway point. Parent scored over $2,100 in the victory courtesy of Around Town Plumbing and Heating as well as and it came as part of the overall tour point chase and the Today’s Options Stars and Stripes Tour.
“That car was awesome,” said Parent. “I didn’t expect my second win so early in the year. I’m so proud of my whole team. I’m very proud.”
Habeck started on the pole and jumped out to the early lead as he looked for his second victory of the night after winning the 305 Sprint Car portion of the event. He set a torrid pace early on opening up several car lengths on Parent.
By lap eight Habeck was battling slower traffic allowing Parent and fifth starter Jessica Zemken to close in. With ten laps complete the three were battling for the lead while navigating their way through traffic.
On lap 12 Parent saw his opening. Habeck tucked low going through turns three and four and Parent put his AMB Moteurs powered No. 25 on the cushion and blasted by him for the lead.
“This car was tight early on,” commented Parent. “I found the bottom lane in one and two and Paul (Habeck) followed the lapped car a little bit, I found the high-side and I was able to pass him in three and four.”
Only two more circuits were complete before the first caution of the race eased the pace. Kyle Moffit spun in the second turn forcing the yellow. On the restart, the red flag came out as Mike Stelter flipped in turn one after a jingle in front of the field bottled everyone up. Stelter walked away from the incident.
Three more laps clicked off before red was displayed a second time when several cars got off the speedway in the first turn. The heavy rains in Central New York created lots of mud around the speedway. Safety crews had to work patiently to remove cars from the area so they didn’t get stuck in the mud taking several laps.