Too little, too late for Parker at Monticello
December 29, 2011
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The battle for driving supremacy at Monticello Raceway was a back-and-forth situation between Bruce Aldrich Jr. and Zeke Parker nearly all season long. However, with a hot hand in early December Aldrich drew off and by the end of the month he had everything well in hand. Aldrich had a 25-win lead on Parker on his way to his second consecutive driving title.
Although Parker had been relegated to the runner-up position he’s not going quietly.
On Tuesday the bearded wonder reined four winners on the card. And on Wednesday, he put on a driving clinic over muddy racetrack where he won six races. With those victories Parker now has 387 wins here and a career total of 10,621.
He won the third race with Speedcentric ($4.90) and then the fourth with Prince Rudyard ($10.40). His "hat trick" victory came in the fifth behind Cosmic Illusion N ($11.80). Win number four on the card was with Major Speed ($4) in the ninth race and then Zeke proceeded to win the 10th with Valcyon Days ($7.20). He capped his muddy afternoon by winning the 12th race with Zero Boundaries (14).
Though he closed the gap on Aldrich the 17-time Monticello Raceway driving champion still will be second best in races won this season. To use racetrack vernacular, "he was charging at the end but he ran out of racetrack." Still finishing some 19 races behind Aldrich, Parker can at least have some salvation--not that Zeke ever needs it--knowing he will cop the driving percentage trophy at season's end. (Monticello)