Gaffney, SC- (August 4, 2018) When the checkered flag flew at the Cherokee Speedway on Saturday night, Slade Parsons sat in 4th spot on the bumper of David Stremme, but that didn’t tell the entire story. 

Slade had not been strapped into his Kyle Strickler Motorsports No. 96 in nearly a month as Kyle had made a trip to the heartland of America. With Strickler in attendance and mentoring the 17-year old racer hopes were high for a strong run. 

Parsons needed seat time and qualified 7th and finished 3rd in his heat lining him up in the fifth starting spot for the 25-lap main event. With each lap confidence grew and at the drop of the green the quick learner jumped into the 4th spot with hopes of a podium finish. 

Slade made the most of the opportunity and made a daring three wide run in turn two with ten to go and found himself running third and ready to challenge for the runner-up spot. As mentor Strickler lamented Slade was great for 99.9 percent of the time and got a little loose between one and two and spun…causing a yellow and lining up at the back of the pack with around five to go. He charged back through the pack and ended the race challenging Stremme for third…but still recording his career best UMP outing. 

“What a great race car tonight,” said Parsons. “It felt so good to be back in the car and I made a rookie mistake but battled back for fourth. I really like racing at Cherokee and my guys worked really hard to give me a car that could contend…I am really hoping we get back to Cherokee later this year.”
“I am really proud of Slade,” added Strickler. “The announcer was calling Slade my Protégé so now he has a new nickname. He did a great job and has a world of talent. We just need to get him more races. It was different watching him race and not being out there but he’s my teammate and it was a great opportunity for him to race, but we are leaving for Iowa for a week in the morning to race, so we spent the evening working hard to get him a great race car and he showed his talent.”

For Parsons it was his second Top 5 of the year in six outings that also includes a 9th place run at the Eldora Speedway in May. For more information go to www.sladeparsons96.com.