Las Vegas Park/Pennzoil notes and quotes

Notes: o Coming off his emotional victory at Rockingham, Steve Park in the Dale Earnhardt, Inc.-owned ...

Notes:

o Coming off his emotional victory at Rockingham, Steve Park in the Dale Earnhardt, Inc.-owned #1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo starts in his 93rd Winston Cup event as the series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 this Sunday afternoon, March 4; shown live on FOX beginning at 2 p.m. EST.

o Last year’s outing at the 1.5-mile, Park posted a disappointing 43rd-place finish after engine failure sent the Pennzoil team back to the garage. However, in the previous year, Park worked from his 41st starting position up to 16th – which should give the team some incentive, especially with the way the team has melded lately.

o Working on the continued success from the end of last season, the Pennzoil team has remained strong in recent weeks in light of the tragedy and has relied on each other for comfort and support. During the pit stops in Rockingham, the unity could be felt and the results put them all in Victory Lane. With the same crew returning from last season, each race will only give the #1 team the opportunity to grow stronger and quicker as a unit. A team motto – “Together Everybody Achieves More.”

o Posting his second Winston Cup career victory last weekend, Park rode the emotional roller coaster during the celebrations following the race – switching from jubilation to sadness. It should have been no surprise though to see the yellow Pennzoil car in winner’s circle after recording two top-10 finishes last season at The Rock. His second spot starting position was the best for the 33-year-old driver at North Carolina Motor Speedway as he began the rain-delayed event beside Jeff Gordon on the front row.

Quotes:

“I kept expecting Dale (Earnhardt) to come into victory lane but knew it wasn’t going to happen,” said Park, who moved from 31st to 5th in the Winston Cup points standings. “I’m just so thankful that I got to experience a victory lane with him last August. It might have been even more empty had I never experienced that.”

“It has been a tough two weeks,” added Park. “I’m just glad we could win for the entire DEI organization. We are all pulling for Dale Jr. to make it three for three. So far we can boast that we are undefeated for the season. If Junior does win in Vegas – look out in Atlanta for a shootout between the three of us.”

“Steve is usually pretty good on the 1.5-mile tracks,” said Andrews. “We were obviously not happy with our performance here at Vegas last year but I feel we are working toward something great here in 2001 and we can only look forward. We are continually learning and with Michael (Waltrip) testing in Vegas for the DEI teams – we hope to have some extra information to help put the Pennzoil car up front.”

- Dianna Drayson

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Steve Park