Hank Parker Jr. invades Speed Channel, FOX Sports Net next week. CONCORD, N.C. (June 19) - Fans of NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) driver Hank Parker Jr. should tune in to Speed Channel and FOX Sports Net next week. The driver of the No. 36 GNC Live...
Hank Parker Jr. invades Speed Channel, FOX Sports Net next week.
CONCORD, N.C. (June 19) - Fans of NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) driver Hank Parker Jr. should tune in to Speed Channel and FOX Sports Net next week.
The driver of the No. 36 GNC Live Well Dodge Intrepid will be featured on at least two different broadcasts during next week's programming.
On Monday, June 24, at 8 p.m. EDT, viewers can see Parker make his television commentating debut when Speed Channel airs the Sunbelt Rentals 125 NASCAR All Pro Series race, taped at Nashville Superspeedway earlier this month.
Alongside the broadcast team of Steve Byrnes and Jeff Hammond, Parker served as a color commentator and resident All Pro "expert" for the event. Parker spent two seasons racing in the All Pro Series in 1996-97, where he claimed four wins.
"Sitting up there with Steve and Jeff was a lot of fun, but it also gave me a whole new perspective on what those guys go through during a broadcast," Parker said of the experience. "It's hard to keep track of everything that's happening. You try to come up with interesting things to say, but it's more difficult than you might think."
Joining Parker on the broadcast is another NBS regular, Jason Keller. While Parker took care of the duties in the booth, Keller covered the action on pit road alongside regular pit reporter Matt Yocum.
On Saturday, June 29, at 6 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports Net, fans can see the result of the NASCAR Celebrity Grudge Match that Parker and his Welliver-Jesel Motorsports teammate, Casey Mears, will take part in next Tuesday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
As a part of the Summer Shootout Series, the two drivers are scheduled to trade paint in Winston Cup-style convertibles on the quarter-mile frontstretch oval at the Speedway.
This year's match will mark the second time Parker has faced off against a teammate from Welliver-Jesel Motorsports. In last year's Summer Shootout Series, he beat out then teammate David Green in the best-of-three format.
Parker jokingly says he's looking forward to teaching Mears, a rookie competing in his first year of NASCAR competition, a lesson.
"I've got to win bragging rights over the open-wheel guy," Parker said of his friend Mears, whose background is in Indy Racing League (IRL) and Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) cars. "He's still new to driving cars with bumpers on them, so I'll use that to my advantage. I'm going to break out the old 'chrome shoehorn' and rough him up a little. It's going to be win or spin."