JUSTIN, TX (April 1, 2004)-Billy Parker and Duraflame RWI Racing will roll off in 30th position for the start of this Saturday's O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Parker and his Penske-Jasper powered Duraflame Dodge went out 16th of 49 cars...
JUSTIN, TX (April 1, 2004)-Billy Parker and Duraflame RWI Racing will roll off in 30th position for the start of this Saturday's O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Parker and his Penske-Jasper powered Duraflame Dodge went out 16th of 49 cars and posted a best lap of 29.205 seconds (184.900 MPH) in Thursday's qualifying session. This lap was .761 seconds off of pole-sitter Kyle Busch's lap of 28.444 seconds (189.847 MPH) around the 1.5- mile Texas tri-oval and placed Parker 30th of 49 cars.
For the second race in a row, Parker was able to set a top-5 time in pre-qualifying practice, posting the 5th best lap of the session at 28.820 seconds (187.370 MPH). This lap was .180 seconds off the session-best lap of 28.640 seconds (188.547 MPH) set by Joe Nemechek.
Regardless of the 30th place qualifying run, Duraflame RWI Racing General Manager, Barry Dodson, remains quite optimistic:
"I'll tell you what, that kid is one heck of a driver, regardless of what that clock says. He held that thing wide open through one and two and tried to do it in three and four as well. He did a great job of saving the car. It was a pretty close call down there. We just had the car too loose for him this week; we tightened him up from practice to qualifying, but just not enough. Our team had a great practice session, being 5th fastest, but we just didn't back it up. We'll get better though. This is a great team and I look forward to a great day on Saturday. Blake and the boys will get a good setup underneath this Duraflame Dodge and we'll go get them in the race. We had the fastest car all day long at Las Vegas and there's no reason we can't do that again here."