Winston-Salem, NC- (January 24,2019)- Slade Parsons is more than ready for his sophomore season behind the wheel of his No. 96 Kyle Strickler Motorsports prepared Longhorn Chassis UMP Modified. In 2018 Parsons teamed with the popular modified star and the results were very promising for the 18-year old senior at R.J. Reynolds high school in Winston-Salem, NC.
Parsons made stops at such famous tracks as Eldora Speedway in Ohio, Tyler County Speedway in West Virginia, Cherokee Speedway in South Carolina and The Dirt Track at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, by far his favorite track.
“Last year was a great learning season for me,” stated Parsons. “I learned so much from Kyle and had the opportunity to not only to be mentored by him but to have the chance to race against him.”
The talented racer made a name for himself among the top modified racers in the country scoring a Top 5 at Cherokee and top ten finishes at both Eldora and the World Short Track Finals in Charlotte where Slade was also fast timer in his group of 18 of the best cars in the country.
“Eldora was an amazing experience,” added Slade.” It was by far the fastest track I have ever raced at and I loved the speed. The fact that it was only my third time in the race car makes it even more memorable.”
Parsons won his first race two years ago at the Dirt Track at Charlotte and although he was moving up from a Crate motor (around 400 horsepower) to an open modified motor (around 850 horsepower) he still had a great deal of confidence going into the biggest event of the year. For Parsons, the event was the high note for a season that was marred by over ten rainouts.
“We didn’t race as much as we wanted to because of the rainy summer but we made the most of the situation, “remarked Parsons.” I had my eyes set on the World Short Track Finals all season and we really worked hard in the shop to get ready. We had a practice session on the Tuesday before the race and that went great. I was really close in time to Kyle (Stricker) and former NASCAR racer David Stremme.”
After his remarkable qualifying effort and second place run in his heat race Slade started 7th in the 30-lap main event. After getting shuffled back to 10th early Parsons hit his marks and guided his car to a solid 7th…a herculean effort considering the competition.
“Slade did a great job all year,” added Kyle Strickler. “His learning curve was much shorter than we expected, and he has a great future. Our whole team was so proud of him at Charlotte and I believe that 2019 he will continue his strong development.”
Parsons will run 20 to 25 races this season and hit the road with Strickler this summer after graduation taking his multi-colored rocket on the road with trips to Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, West Virginia, South Carolina and a few other states as he continues his development as a driver.
If his rookie season is any indication look for Parsons to challenge the best of the best this year.