FONTANA, Calif. (April 21, 2004) - NASCAR Busch Series driver and Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Billy Parker finished a one-day test at California Speedway on Wednesday, April 21. During a full day on track, in which the No. 66 Duraflame...
FONTANA, Calif. (April 21, 2004) - NASCAR Busch Series driver and Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Billy Parker finished a one-day test at California Speedway on Wednesday, April 21. During a full day on track, in which the No. 66 Duraflame Dodge took long and short runs around the 2-mile, D-shaped oval and completed 116 laps with the quickest at 39.66 seconds (181.60 mph).
"We are real happy with the test," said Crew Chief Blake Bainbridge. "We ran mostly race trim. Our goal was mainly getting [Parker] seat time, race trim seat time, as we could." The team's quickest lap, which was achieved in race trim, was good enough to put them in the third starting position for last year's Busch Series event at the superspeedway. "We ran as many laps as we could and only did two qualifying runs." They tested the same car they ran at Las Vegas in March.
"The test went good and we learned a lot," said Parker. "I talked to Rusty [Wallace, team owner] and Hank [Parker] Jr., who have both won at California Speedway, and they told me the same thing. It is pretty fast on the bottom and it's natural to do what you need to do. We needed to find balance and get the body together to be able to come out here and race well."
Parker will attempt to start in his first race at California Speedway on May 1st in the NASCAR Busch Series 300-mile event. "I've been looking forward to this one since our race schedule was put out," he said. "Duraflame is based out here, [California Speedway] is their home track, we'd like to give them a good show. With the help from Penske Jasper engines and the fabrication shop, I think we'll have a pretty good car out here."
In 2003, Parker competed in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge. He scored five wins and five poles in six starts. He'll race in 17 NASCAR Busch Series events in 2004, including both races at California Speedway.
NASCAR Busch Series is part of an action packed day at the Southern California superspeedway on Saturday, May 1st. The day starts early with the green flag for the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series King Taco 200 waving at 9:20 a.m. followed by NEXTEL Cup Happy Hour. The Busch Series 300 gets under way at 1:00 p.m. The infield musical performance begins at 5:00 p.m. with the Miller Lite Rock 'n Roll Concert featuring "LIVE," followed immediately by fireworks.
For ticket and event information call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit the speedway's website at www.californiaspeedway.com.