PROBLEMS END A STRONG RUN FOR PARKER, JR."
MOORESVILLE, NC (August 3, 2004) With the starting order being set
on drivers points because of qualifying being rained out, Parker,
Jr. rolled off the grid 18th. By the second lap, he had driven his
#21 Z Max Toyota up eleven spots to 7th.
Hank would stay around the top-10 until the first caution at lap
24. Radioing the crew to let them know the Z Max Toyota was tight
in the center off, as well as it felt like the right front was going
flat, the Innovative Motorsports crew prepared for Hank to come down
pit road. Tire specialist, David Cropps, took two pounds of air out
of the right side tires that would soon be put on Hank's Tundra.
While still under caution on the next lap, Hank brought his truck
into the pits for four fresh tires and fuel.
Restarting the race in 16th position on lap 27, Hank would work his
way up to 13th by the next caution at lap 38. When Hank's crew
chief, Wesley Sherrill, radioed him under caution to ask if the
changes helped, Hank replied, "It's still tight in the middle of one
and two, but the changes helped. It started out a little free, but
it was tightening up and felt pretty good."
Restarting at lap 41, Hank would remain just outside of the top-10
until his Toyota power plant let go on lap 59.
"The Z Max Toyota was a rocket this weekend, " Parker, Jr. said.
"That motor was as strong as any we've had this year. We had a
truck that would compete, but unfortunately, the motor let go
between (turns) one and two." He continued, "All the hard work that
the team has been putting in to making our trucks better, really
showed this weekend."
Hank and the No. 21 Toyota Tundra return to the track on August 6,
2004, at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Live television coverage will
be on Speed Channel, with radio coverage on the MRN Affiliates and
XM Satellite Radio.