BUSCH: Kentucky: Hank Parker preview

SPARTA, KY (June 15, 2004)-Although Duraflame RWI Racing has definitely faced some trials and tribulations in the last three Busch Series events, a recent test at Kentucky Speedway has the team optimistic about its chances in the upcoming Meijer...

SPARTA, KY (June 15, 2004)-Although Duraflame RWI Racing has definitely faced some trials and tribulations in the last three Busch Series events, a recent test at Kentucky Speedway has the team optimistic about its chances in the upcoming Meijer 300.

During the test, RWI Racing owner and 55-time NASCAR Cup race winner, Rusty Wallace, actually got behind the wheel of the Duraflame Dodge. Said Wallace, "I have all of the faith in the world in Billy Parker. When we started the season, I thought that I had the right guy for the job and nothing has changed. Racing is so fickle; you've got to have lady luck on your side and we haven't the last few weeks. I just wanted to get in the car myself and make sure that we're giving Billy everything that he needs to succeed."

After some initial laps by Wallace, Parker got in the car and progressively got closer and closer to the baseline lap set by his car owner. "Billy drove the car aggressively and got feeling more and more comfortable with the track and the car as the day went on. At the end of the day, Billy ended up at a 30.60 (-second lap), which was right at the track record. I was a little bit quicker, but that wasn't the point of the test. The point was to make sure that the car is as good as we need it to be. Honestly, I wouldn't have changed much, if anything, from where Billy and Blake (Bainbridge, crew chief) had the car set up. They did a great job and I commend them for that," noted Wallace.

Regarding the test and the upcoming race, Parker added, "The Kentucky test was really productive for us. We really learned a lot and we were happy with the way it turned out. The bad luck we've had recently has just been amazing. It just seems like we're at the wrong place at the wrong time every weekend. I promise you though; we're going to get this thing turned around and eventually start winning some races. We've got great people and great equipment; it's just a matter of putting it all together. I really believe it's going to start happening soon. Hopefully, it'll be in Kentucky; I'm really looking forward to putting on a good show for Duraflame and their guests this weekend. They're a great sponsor; I can't thank them enough for all of their support this season. "

Friday's 5:00 PM EST single round of qualifying will award all 43 starting positions for Saturday's 200 lap, 300 mile race. Friday's on-track activity also includes "Happy Hour," the final practice before Saturday's race, at 7:30 PM. Saturday's Meijer 300 has an 8:00 PM EST starting time and will be broadcast live on FX at 7:30 PM and on MRN Radio, with radio coverage beginning at 7:45.

For more info on Duraflame RWI Racing, please visit www.rwiracing.com.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Billy Parker