BUSCH: Atlanta: Hank Parker Jr race notes

Early accident means quick end for the GNC Live Well Racing Team in Atlanta.   HAMPTON, Ga. (Oct. 26) - An early-race incident ended the day for Hank Parker Jr. and the No. 36 GNC Live Well Racing team at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday.   On...

Early accident means quick end for the GNC Live Well Racing Team in Atlanta.   HAMPTON, Ga. (Oct. 26) - An early-race incident ended the day for Hank Parker Jr. and the No. 36 GNC Live Well Racing team at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday.   On lap 14 of the NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) Aaron's 312, Parker's Dodge Intrepid spun into the outside retaining wall, resulting in heavy damage to the rear of his race machine. Parker limped his car to the garage, where his crew determined that the damage was too severe to repair on-site. The GNC Live Well team was credited with a 43rd-place finish.   "I was on the outside of Kerry (Earnhardt)," Parker recalled. "I tucked in behind him, and it seemed like he jammed on the brakes or let off the throttle all of a sudden. Brian (Vickers) had a head of steam and was coming on the outside of me. It felt like he might have taken the air off my spoiler. I tried to slow to avoid Kerry, and the car wiggled and I slid up the track. I got into Brian and it was all over after that.   "It's very disappointing.  We had lost a few spots in the first few laps, but it felt like the handling on the car was coming to me. I was starting to pass people back, but then the wreck happened. I honestly don't know how I could have handled the situation differently, though," Parker said.   The finish drops Parker one spot to 15th in the NBS drivers' points standings, while team owner Wayne Jesel holds the 18th spot in owners' points.   Next up for the GNC team is a trip to the North Carolina Speedway for the Sam's Club 200. That race will air live on TNT and MRN (Motor Racing Network) affiliates at 1 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 2.   -jm-

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