The Man - Hank Parker Jr.
Parker Jr. began racing go-karts near his
hometown of Denver, North Carolina.
In 1993 Hank moved up to full size stock
cars. He ran a Street Stock
purchased from Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at the Concord Motorsports Park where he
won 7 features in only 18 starts.
1994, Hank ventured into late
models. That year, he won one event
and captured three poles. In 1995,
Hank won two events and also racked up 5
top-fives and 10 top-10's in the black and
that, Hank moved up to NASCAR, racing in
the Slim Jim All Pro Series. In his
first season he ran a limited schedule,
but still won a race, showing his true
skill behind the wheel. In his first
full season of All Pro racing, Hank won
two races and was also honored with the
Most Popular Driver Award. During
the season Hank set a speed record at the
Homestead Motorsports Complex and finished
4th in the final standings!
1998, Hank jumped into the big leagues of
NASCAR and set sail in the Busch Grand
National Series. He only ran three
races that year, two in the #78 Mark III
Chevrolet and one in the #53 B.A.S.S.
Chevrolet, owned by his father. Hank
finished 6th in only his third start!
marked Hank's rookie year as a NASCAR
Busch Series competitor. He and his
team turned in three Top-tens and one
top-five with a season high of 3rd at
South Boston Speedway. Even more
impressive is the fact that Hank and his
team accomplished all this without the
backing of a major sponsor! Late in
the year, Team Marines and the US Marines
Corps signed to sponsor Hank Parker Racing
for the 2000 season.
In the 2000
season, Hank proved that he is worthy of
the title "Rising Star". Running the
full Busch Series season is a very
demanding task, but Hank Jr. and his team
upheld their end of the deal superbly.
Two top-fives and 9 top-tens were marked
in the record book for the 2000 season.
Hank also won his first career pole at the
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, beating NASCAR
Winston Cup veteran Mark Martin for the
spot and putting himself in the spotlight.
troubles forced his father's race team to
close at the end of the 2000 season,
leaving Hank searching for a full-time
ride. Unable to pass-up a driver
like Hank, Cicci-Welliver Racing signed
Hank to drive their #36 Chevrolet,
sponsored by GNC Live Well Nutrition
season would prove to be a significant one
in Hank Jr's career. At the
California Speedway, Hank scored his first
Busch Series win! That win would be
the highlight of the 2001 season.
In 2002, GNC
stuck with Hank Jr. for a second season
where Hank won at Pikes Peak, in similar
fashion to his California triumph.
Hank also finished second at Homestead in
an exciting battle with Scott Wimmer.
significant event for Hank during the year
2002 was his first NASCAR Winston Cup
Series start. It came behind the
wheel of a Ray Evernham Dodge at
after the 2002 season, GNC did not return
to sponsor Hank's team, leaving him
without a solid ride in 2003.
- Hank became a co-host on Inside NASCAR
Busch Series on the Speed Channel.
April 13, 2003 Hank Jr. and his wife,
Wendy, had a beautiful baby daughter named
He ran 2 of the Busch races and got 2 top
also has been doing testing for Ray
- On May 15, 2003, DEI announced that
Hank Parker, Jr. had been selected to
drive in three races for
Chance 2 Motorsports
this season. He will drive the No. 8
Chevrolet, co-owned by Dale Earnhardt,
Jr. and Teresa Earnhardt, in the
upcoming NASCAR Busch Series race at
Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 24, Kansas
Speedway in September and Atlanta Motor
Speedway in October. The No. 8 Chance 2
entry at Charlotte is sponsored by
Nabisco and its Cheese Nips
brand. In Kansas and Atlanta, the entry
will carry sponsorship from
through retail partners
Dick's Sporting Goods
Bass Pro Shops.