BUSCH: St. Louis: Billy Parker preview

Wallace and Parker Seek Gateway To Success --Charter 250 Marks Homecoming for One of Missouri's Greatest Athletes-- MADISON, ILLINOIS (May 4, 2004)-Following Duraflame RWI Racing's performance at California Speedway, in which the team garnered...

Wallace and Parker Seek Gateway To Success --Charter 250 Marks Homecoming for One of Missouri's Greatest Athletes--

MADISON, ILLINOIS (May 4, 2004)-Following Duraflame RWI Racing's performance at California Speedway, in which the team garnered top qualifying rookie honors and led several laps, Billy Parker, Rusty Wallace and the rest of the gang will head to the Gateway to the West, St. Louis, Missouri, in search of the team's first victory. Saturday's Charter 250 at Gateway International Raceway will mark a homecoming of sorts for the team. Team owner Rusty Wallace is a St. Louis native and one of Missouri's most revered athletes. A 1998 inductee into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Wallace is looking forward to the chance to impress his hometown crowd.

"St. Louis is a great sports town with great sports fans, that's for sure. It's where I started my racing career, at a track called Lakehill Speedway. The city of St. Louis will always have a special place in my heart and I can't wait to get back home and show everyone what our team can do. I'm going to have a lot of family and friends at the race, so I'm really looking forward to it. Billy and the guys keep improving every week; I can't wait to see what they can do at Gateway."

Parker and the team had a successful test at Gateway International Raceway last month and he believes that the test will translate into success on Saturday.

"We took several cars to Gateway a few weeks ago and ran really well. I think we were the fastest car there, actually. I really like the race track and can't wait to get back. It'd be really cool if we could run well in Rusty's hometown and I think we will. This team has all of the parts and pieces we need to win; we keep improving every week and this week will not be an exception. They call St. Louis the Gateway to the West; I think it's a Gateway to Success for this Duraflame team."

The team posted its best effort to date in last Saturday's Stater Brothers 300 at California Speedway. Following an 11th place qualifying effort, the best for any rookie at the event, Parker ran in the top 10 for much of the race until contact with the lapped car of Shane Hmeil relegated the team to a 22nd place finish. During the event, Parker led the first laps in the young history of Duraflame RWI Racing, leading one time for five laps, including the halfway lap of the race. For the team's performance, Duraflame RWI Racing earned the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award.

Saturday afternoon's 4:00 p.m. EDT single round of qualifying will award all 43 starting positions for Saturday evening's 250-mile race and will be shown live on Speed Channel. Saturday's Charter 250 has an 8:00 p.m. EDT starting time and features live coverage by FX-TV and MRN Radio.

For more information on Duraflame RWI Racing, Billy Parker or Rusty Wallace, please visit: www.rwiracing.com and www.rustywallace.com

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Billy Parker