Originally created 03/15/04

Crawford, Gordon leave hospital; Parker kept overnight



HAMPTON, Ga. -- NASCAR truck series driver Hank Parker Jr. was released from a hospital Sunday, a day after he was injured in a wreck at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Parker has back injuries, the track said. Tina Gordon (broken right leg) and Rick Crawford (broken left foot), the two other drivers involved, were released from the hospital Saturday.

On lap 41, Gordon, one of two women in the race, spun off Turn 2 and slid into the path of Crawford and Parker on the backstretch. Both hit her and then slammed into the wall.

The race, the first for the series at Atlanta, was won by Bobby Hamilton.