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GNC Live Well Racing finishes 11th at "The Rock" ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Nov. 4) - Hank Parker Jr. and the No. 36 GNC Live Well Racing team scored an 11th-place finish in Saturday's Sam's Club 200 at North Carolina Speedway. Parker passed Todd...

GNC Live Well Racing finishes 11th at "The Rock"

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Nov. 4) - Hank Parker Jr. and the No. 36 GNC Live Well Racing team scored an 11th-place finish in Saturday's Sam's Club 200 at North Carolina Speedway.

Parker passed Todd Bodine in the closing laps of the event to score his 15th top-15 finish of the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series season. Parker and his Dodge Intrepid finished the event one lap down to race-winner Jamie McMurray.

"It was a good day for us," Parker said of his run. "The car has been pretty good all weekend, and it really ran strong all day. We got caught a lap down after a pit stop and were never able to make that up. If we had, I'm sure we could have had a top-five car today. But, that's a gamble you take."

Starting from the 11th position, Parker found himself dealing with a tight handling condition early on. By lap 17, he had dropped back to the 17th position, but the handling of the car seemed to improve as the run progressed.

Parker began to methodically pick his way through the pack of competitors, moving into the top-10 by passing Jason Keller on lap 52.

Around lap 90, the leaders began to make green flag pit stops, allowing Parker to move up to fourth position by lap 94. A few laps later, it was Parker's turn to pit for fresh tires and fuel, shuffling him back to the 22nd position by lap 97.

Parker began to pick his way through the field again, taking over the 18th position just as a caution came out for debris on the track around lap 110. The team's strategy of staying out while the leaders were pitting backfired in this case, and Parker's No. 36 entry was shown as being one lap down.

The team elected to bring Parker in again for fresh tires and to top off the fuel tank of his Dodge Intrepid during the caution period. To improve the car's handling, the team also made a track bar adjustment to Parker's machine.

After restarting the race in the 15th position around lap 113, Parker worked his way up to 12th when Keller was forced to pit for a vibration on his machine around lap 168.

The team pitted one final time to make adjustments to the car, sending Parker back out with fresh tires, fuel, and only 16 laps remaining in the event. With just three cars on the same lap as the No. 36, Parker did his best to track down the competitors he could pass for position.

While Parker did manage to find his way around Todd Bodine, he was unable to gain any more spots before the checkered flag flew, ending the race in the 11th position.

With the finish, Parker remains 15th in the NBS drivers' points standings, while Wayne Jesel holds on to the 19th spot in owners' points.

The GNC Live Well team now heads west to Phoenix International Raceway for Saturday's Bashas' 200 NBS event. That race will air live on NBC and MRN (Motor Racing Network) affiliates at 3 p.m. EST.

-jm-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Todd Bodine , Jason Keller , Hank Parker Jr. , Jamie McMurray