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Parker Adds Name to Prestigious Winchester Win List Winchester, IN - September 13, 1997 - Denver, NC's Hank Parker, Jr. earned a $13,975 payday, and added his name to a prestigious list of winners, as he bested a stellar field of NASCAR Slim Jim...

Parker Adds Name to Prestigious Winchester Win List Winchester, IN - September 13, 1997 - Denver, NC's Hank Parker, Jr. earned a $13,975 payday, and added his name to a prestigious list of winners, as he bested a stellar field of NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series drivers to win the $83,725 Roger Holdeman Memorial/28th Annual Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway on Sunday afternoon. It was the second career Slim Jim All Pro Series win for the sophomore driver, and the 22-year-old became the 12th different winner in 17 series events in 1997. "I want to thank my Dad for helping me get my racing program started and I want to especially thank Freddie Query for helping me get this car ready. Anybody could have won driving this Delco Voyage Batteries/NGK/DuraGloss Chevrolet today. The last 25 laps the car ran as good as it did during qualifying," a surprisingly fresh Parker stated in victory lane. Huntersville, NC's Nipper Alsup earned his second Busch Pole Award of 1997 after driving a near perfect lap around the high banked half mile oval. The driver of the Lift Services Wire Rope Specialists Chevrolet bested second fastest qualifier Derrick Gilchrist by more than two tenths of a second to earn the right to start the 400 lap marathon from the top starting position. At the drop of the green flag Alsup took command of the field and quickly jumped out to a five car length lead with Parker, Gilchrist, Mike Harmon and Scot Walters in tow. Alsup's lead was extinguished on lap 15 when Ken Alexander's Greased Lightning/True Value Chevrolet was spun by Tony Ridner, with Spanks Overbeck and Keith White also getting collected in the fracas. Alsup was able to stop his mount without making any contact with the wrecked racers, but his path was blocked to the start/finish line and he was forced to fall back into line on the lap 23 restart in the 20th position.

Gilchrist inherited the lead but could only maintain the top spot for 10 green flag laps as Parker showed his muscle, powering by Gilchrist on lap 34. From then until lap 114 Parker enjoyed a healthy lead until the race's fifth caution period occurred on lap 112, which was a result of a turn two accident collecting Vern Slaugh, Brian Ross and Ray Skillman. All of the leaders pitted at that point, with the exception of Wayne Anderson, who then inherited the lead with Mike Harmon moving up to assume the second position. Anderson also showed his might as he proceeded to lead until lap 179, when the sixth caution occurred as a result of an accident between Slaugh and Sean Studer. Pit stops came full cycle at that point, with Anderson and Harmon pitting for Unocal 76 racing fuel and Hoosier tires. Parker once again assumed the top spot and led from lap 181 until lap 293. The seventh caution waved when Steven Christian made contact with the turn two wall, leaving debris on the backstretch on lap 291. Once again all of the leaders pitted, but Anderson's Porter Cable Power Tools crew got him out first. When green flag racing resumed on lap 298 Anderson looked like the driver to beat but he ran out of fuel on lap 347 and had to dive into the pits for a fill and a shot of ether to get his Chevrolet restarted. This turn of events handed the lead to Parker for the final time as he led the rest of the way to capture the win. Series points leader Jeff Fultz wound up second ahead of Birmingport, AL's Mike Harmon, with Ron Young finishing fourth and the final car on the lead lap. Carl Young rounded out the top five. Finishing sixth through 10th were Hal Goodson, Brian Rievley, Jeep Pflum, Scott Sutherland and Derrick Gilchrist. Fultz continues to lead the series point standings with Young displacing Goodson for the second position. Young trails Fultz by 61 points with three events remaining. Goodson now trails Young by eight points. Parker moves into fourth and Harmon into fifth after their respective first and third place finishes. Sixth through 10th positions are held by David Reutimann, Christian, Gilchrist, Alsup and Larry Raines. As a result of his fifth place finish, Roxboro, NC's Carl Long earned the $400 Port City Racing Rookie of the Race Award, his fifth such honor this season. Kansas City, MO's Billy Deckman earned Rookie of the Race Runner-Up honors after finishing 13th. Parker's Crew Chief Ronnie Carrier picked up the $300 check from Jasper Engines and Transmissions as the Crew Chief of the Race for guiding the team's efforts into victory lane. The next event for the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series will take place at Concord Motorsports Park in Concord, NC. The Greased Lightning 200 is scheduled for Saturday night October 4, and will be the first ever visit for the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series to the fast half mile tri-oval. -30- For further information contact NASCAR Public Relations at (770) 486-3591. jn

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Mike Harmon , David Reutimann , Jeff Fultz , Brian Ross , Ron Young , Carl Young