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Parker Seeks To Make California Dream A Reality --Duraflame RWI Racing Looks to Duplicate Owner's Martinsville Success-- FONTANA, CA (April 26, 2004)-After watching his Duraflame RWI Racing owner, Rusty Wallace, capture the NEXTEL Cup race at...

Parker Seeks To Make California Dream A Reality
--Duraflame RWI Racing Looks to Duplicate Owner's Martinsville Success--

FONTANA, CA (April 26, 2004)-After watching his Duraflame RWI Racing owner, Rusty Wallace, capture the NEXTEL Cup race at Martinsville two weeks ago, driver Billy Parker is eager to emulate the feat in the upcoming Busch Series 300-miler at California Speedway.

"Man, I'll tell you what, that was a great win for Rusty at Martinsville. He hadn't won in a while and people had started to doubt him. The thing about him, though, is that he never gives up. He and Larry Carter put their noses to the grindstone and got the job done. That's the same attitude our team has. We've had some bad luck, but we're not quitters. Our finishes haven't shown exactly how good this team is, but we're planning on showing everyone this weekend. With all the hard work Blake and our boys have put in, plus that Miller Lite crew pitting our car again this weekend, I think it could be our weekend to live a California Dream in Victory Lane."

Team Owner Rusty Wallace has already enjoyed much success at California Speedway, posting several top 5 finishes, highlighted by an emotional win in the 2001 NAPA Auto Parts 500. The win took place on what would have been Dale Earnhardt's 50th birthday and Wallace saluted his fallen comrade with a victory lap in Earnhardt's honor.

"California Speedway has always been a special place for me. To win there in 2001 was definitely a highlight of my career. It was really special considering the circumstances. California is a place where we've always run well. I guess we have to; Roger (Penske, Wallace's NEXTEL Cup owner) built the place. With the great cars our Busch team has built and that awesome Penske-Jasper horsepower, I think that we can look forward to even more success at California Speedway this weekend. "

Duraflame RWI Racing General Manager, Barry Dodson, a former NASCAR Championship winning crew chief, echoes Wallace's sentiments.

"I've been around a lot of good racing teams and none have had the sheer potential that this team does. I know that our finishes haven't shown it, but our cars have been really fast all year. Just look at our practice times, we were top 5 at both Las Vegas and Texas. We had a pit crew problem at Vegas and then a mechanical problem at Texas, but I feel confident that we have all of that straightened out. We're still a rookie team and it'll just take a little time to get things clicking. Once we do though, the other teams better look out. We're going to be in Victory Lane much sooner than later, trust me. There'd be no better place to do that than at Duraflame's home track (California)."

Friday's 4:00 p.m. EDT single round of qualifying will award all 43 starting positions for Saturday's 150-lap, 300-mile race and will be shown live on Speed Channel. Friday's on track activity also includes "Happy Hour"--the final practice session before Saturday's race--following NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualifying for the Auto Club 500. Saturday's Busch Series 300 has a 4:00 p.m. EDT starting time and features live coverage by FOX-TV and MRN Radio.

NOTES OF INTEREST:

California Speedway is a home track of sorts for Duraflame RWI Racing. Primary Sponsor, Duraflame, is based in Stockton, CA.

Saturday's Busch Series 300 will mark Billy Parker's sixth career Busch Series start and his third with Duraflame RWI Racing.

Duraflame RWI Racing Team Owner Rusty Wallace's victory at Martinsville two weeks ago was his 55th career victory, moving him into eighth position on NASCAR's All-Time Wins list.

Billy and the team have been quite busy testing recently, testing at both Gateway International Raceway (St. Louis) and California Speedway between the Texas and California rounds. The team's quickest lap at California (39.66 sec., 181.60 MPH), achieved in race trim, was good enough to put them in the third starting position for last year's Busch Series event.

-rwi-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Rusty Wallace , Billy Parker