Notes: o Starting in his 78th Winston Cup points event, Steve Park in the Dale Earnhardt, Inc.-owned ...
o Starting in his 78th Winston Cup points event, Steve Park in the Dale Earnhardt, Inc.-owned #1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo is fresh off his first series victory as he travels to Michigan for the Pepsi 400 this weekend at the Michigan Speedway; shown live on ESPN beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT.
o In their most recent venture at Michigan Speedway, the Pennzoil team posted a 29th-place finish after starting in the 14th spot during the Kmart 400 earlier this season. A power steering failure relegated Park to his worse finish as handling became difficult in the rain-delayed event. This weekend though, the DEI-owned Pennzoil team takes the Monte Carlo raced at Indy earlier this month for competition at Michigan. Some body changes were made to accommodate the shorter track.
o In his four Winston Cup starts on the 2-mile oval in Brooklyn, Park has an average starting position of 15 with his best occurring during the first race in 1999 when he began the 400-mile event in the 10th spot. Park’s best career start and finish at Michigan actually occurred during the Busch event in 1997 when the started in the fourth spot and then took the checkered flag for the win. His best Winston Cup finish occurred during the first race last season when he marked a top 10 in the sixth spot.
o With the victory last weekend in Watkins Glen, Park made the biggest jump in the Winston Cup points standings – moving from 17th to 13th. He currently sits one point ahead of teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., as they became the first teammates to earn their first victories in the same season.
o As his older brother finished fourth in the Late Model events at Concord Speedway on Saturday, Troy Andrews, son of crew chief Paul, continues to impress in the Legends Car Chargers Division after taking yet another victory. Posting his third victory of the season, the younger Andrews used the old “bump and run” maneuver to take the lead halfway through the 15-lap event and take the checkered flag, beating out 26 other competitors.
“During the last race at Michigan, we lost the power steering and then it just became a constant battle with the handling,” said Park, who is currently 13th in the points standings. “I wasn’t sure if the car was tight or if it just felt tight because I couldn’t turn the car as well.”
“The win last weekend finally got that monkey off of our backs and now we can go out and get more victories,” continued Park. “It was such a long time coming but I knew the team had the capabilities to pull off the win. It just felt right – we didn’t make any adjustments to the Pennzoil car all day long. And now that the entire team knows what it feels like to win, I’m sure you’ll see that yellow car in victory lane at least one more time this season.”
“Well, we thought we had a good car going into Watkins Glen and the surrounding circumstances just fell into place,” said crew chief Paul Andrews. “It has been such a honor to be a part of Alan Kulwicki, Jeremy Mayfield and now Steve Park’s first victory. To get a victory at all is something special, but to achieve that with three different drivers has been something else.”
<pre> Steve Park Michigan Speedway Performance Record Year Race St Fin Laps Status Winnings 2000 Kmart 400 (WC) 14 29 193/194 Running $34,905 1999 Kmart 400 (WC) 10 6 199/200 Running 43,275 Pepsi 400 (WC) 12 20 199/200 Running 35,140 1998 Miller Lite 400 (WC) DNS Pepsi 400 (WC) 24 11 199/200 Running 28,090 1997 Detroit Gasket 200(Busch) 4 1 100/100 Running 40,675