BUSCH: Bristol II: Hank Parker Jr raceday notes

GNC Live Well Racing finishes 15th at Bristol. BRISTOL, Tenn. (August 26) - Hank Parker Jr. and the No. 36 GNC Live Well Racing team scored a 15th-place finish in Friday's Food City 250 NASCAR Busch Series event at Bristol Motor...

GNC Live Well Racing finishes 15th at Bristol.

BRISTOL, Tenn. (August 26) - Hank Parker Jr. and the No. 36 GNC Live Well Racing team scored a 15th-place finish in Friday's Food City 250 NASCAR Busch Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Parker battled a loose handling car throughout the 250-lap event, eventually falling two laps down to race-winner Jimmy Spencer. Only 12 cars remained on the lead lap at the end of the race.

Parker did manage to bring the No. 36 GNC Live Well Dodge Intrepid home with very little cosmetic damage, a feat in itself at a short track that is known for destroying racecars.

"We had a pretty good night, considering," Parker said of his finish. "My guys work so hard on these cars. I'm happy they don't have a lot to do to get the car ready for the next time we run it. Our last two races here, we really tore some equipment up. I was pretty lucky tonight, as far as avoiding the accidents."

After starting 20th, Parker worked his way to 16th by lap 42. He told his team his car was loose on the exits of the corners, and crew chief Gary Cogswell suggested a track bar adjustment to try to alleviate the condition.

Following the lap 57 restart, a long green flag period of over 90 laps allowed race leader Jimmy Spencer to put a number of competitors a lap down on the .533-mile oval. Parker drove as hard as he could to stay on the lead lap, but Spencer finally managed to get around Parker's No. 36 on lap 133.

As caution flags flew, Parker appeared close to regaining his position on the lead lap on several occasions, but it was never to be. Through attrition, Parker still managed to work his way to the 14th position by lap 184.

Following the final caution period of the evening for a spin involving Tim Fedewa, Ron Hornaday and Kevin LePage passed Parker to drop him to 16th. When Kevin Harvick retired from the race with mechanical problems, Parker moved up to 15th, where he remained through the closing laps of the event.

"I really wanted a top-10 finish, but it was a good night for the team," Parker said. "We managed to pick up a spot in the owners' points standings, and we made up a little ground on some other guys in the drivers' points, so it was a positive night. Considering how I've ended up the last couple of times I raced here, 15th-place is not a bad place to be. We'll take it and build on it in Darlington next weekend."

Parker remains 16th in the NBS Drivers' Points Standings, while team owner Wayne Jesel moves up to 19th in the owners' points standings.

Next up for the No. 36 GNC Live Well team is a trip to Darlington Raceway in South Carolina for the South Carolina 200 NBS event. That race will air live on TNT and MRN on Saturday, August 31, at 1 p.m. EDT.

-jm-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jimmy Spencer , Kevin Harvick , Hank Parker Jr. , Ron Hornaday Jr.