BUSCH: Indianapolis: Hank Parker Jr race notes

GNC Live Well Racing meets early end at IRP. CLERMONT, Ind. (August 5) - An early-race accident put an end to the GNC Live Well Racing team's chances in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) event at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP) in ...

GNC Live Well Racing meets early end at IRP.

CLERMONT, Ind. (August 5) - An early-race accident put an end to the GNC Live Well Racing team's chances in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) event at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP) in Indiana.

With its car too damaged to continue after the lap 62 accident, the GNC Live Well team was credited with a 38th-place finish.

Prior to the accident, Hank Parker Jr. and his No. 36 GNC Live Well Racing Dodge Intrepid were being shown in the 16th position. Just ahead of Parker's car were the No. 26 of Ron Hornaday and the No. 47 of Shane Hmiel. Entering turn one of the .686-mile oval, Hmiel turned down into the path of Hornaday's machine, setting off a chain reaction that eventually collected six competitors.

As Parker slowed to avoid the incident, the No. 12 of Kerry Earnhardt slammed into the backend of the No. 36, sending the No. 36 sliding into the outside retaining wall. Before Parker could get his engine restarted and pull away, another competitor crashed into the front of Parker's Dodge, doing further damage.

Parker managed to limp his entry behind the pit road wall, where his team waited to survey the wrecked car. NASCAR elected to red flag the event during this time, stopping all activity until the race surface could be cleaned up. Parker's crew quickly determined that the damage to the front of its machine was too severe to be repaired on site and elected to call it a night.

When asked what happened, Parker told reporters: "It's typical short-track racing with guys beating and banging on each other. I saw Shane (Hmiel) and Hornaday up ahead of me, and I guess Shane didn't know or wasn't told by his spotter that Hornaday had a run on his inside. It looked to me like he just turned down into Hornaday. I was so close to it that I had nowhere to go, and the guys behind me weren't able to check up in time. The end result is a bunch of torn-up racecars. It's a shame, but you almost expect stuff like this at IRP."

The early end was a disappointment to Parker and his crew, especially coming off their win one week ago at Pike's Peak International Raceway.

"I feel like we could have qualified better," Parker said. "We had a problem with the front brake calipers locking up during qualifying, which is why we started 17th. NASCAR impounded the cars after qualifying, so we couldn't work on the problem. We pitted early to get it fixed, but it wasn't too long after that we got wrecked.

"My guys worked really hard to give me a good racecar here," Parker said. "They busted their tails out in the heat all day. I'm sorry for them that everyone didn't get to really see the results of their hard work."

The finish drops Parker one spot to 15th in the NASCAR Busch Series Drivers' Points Standings, while team owner Wayne Jesel holds the 20th spot in the owners' points standings.

The Busch Series has a rare weekend off before heading to Michigan International Speedway (MIS).

Before they can turn their attention to the off-weekend ahead, the members of the GNC crew will spend Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 5-6, testing at MIS in preparation for the August 17 Cabella's 250 NBS race.

That event will air live on TNT and MRN, Saturday, August 17, at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

-jm-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Hank Parker Jr. , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Kerry Earnhardt , Shane Hmiel