Green, Park end up swapping seats

WELCOME, NC - Just days after being released from the No. 1 DEI Chevy, Steve Park has been named as the driver of the No. 30 Chevy for Richard Childress Racing. Park takes Jeff Green's slot at DEI; Green was fired Monday after an altercation with...

WELCOME, NC - Just days after being released from the No. 1 DEI Chevy, Steve Park has been named as the driver of the No. 30 Chevy for Richard Childress Racing. Park takes Jeff Green's slot at DEI; Green was fired Monday after an altercation with the Childress team members in Richmond.

Oddly, it was Green who was chosen by Teresa Earnhardt to succeed Park in the No.1 car. Essentially, the two will swap rides starting at The Winston Open on May 17th in Charlotte.

"To have the opportunity to drive for RCR and America Online is exciting," said Park. "A mentor like Richard and a change of scenery is something I'm really looking forward to. I'm lucky to have a primary sponsor like AOL with their marketing power behind me. My goal is to build consistency and to revitalize the AOL/RCR NASCAR Winston Cup program so we can finish the season on a high note."

Team owner Richard Childress seems willing to push aside the speculation of Steve's fitness to drive after a life threatening head injury parked him for most of the 2001 season.

"Steve is going to give the America Online team a fresh start going into the summer months of the season," said Richard Childress. "He's a proven winner in Winston Cup and I know he has what it takes to work with Mike Beam (crew chief) and the rest of the AOL team to get the program headed in the right direction. I've talked with Kevin (Harvick) and Robby (Gordon) and they're both excited about him driving for RCR. "

Park drove six seasons with DEI, one in Busch and five in Winston Cup. His most high profile win came in 2001, when he won at Rockingham the week after team owner Dale Earnhardt was killed at the Daytona 500.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Steve Park , Jeff Green