Starting in his 79th Winston Cup points event, Steve Park in the Dale Earnhardt, Inc.-owned ...
Starting in his 79th Winston Cup points event, Steve Park in the Dale Earnhardt, Inc.-owned #1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo heads to Bristol, Tenn., for the goracing.com 500 this weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway; shown live on ESPN beginning at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Clearly disappointed in the performance at Michigan Speedway this past weekend, the Pennzoil team seeks to return to its winning ways on the ½-mile oval of Bristol Motor Speedway. During their last outing at Bristol, the Pennzoil team put driver Steve Park on the pole for their first time in Winston Cup competition. During the 500-lap event, Park ran strong during the Food City 500, leading for 40 laps and taking the #1 Pennzoil Chevrolet to a seventh-place finish. At the time, the top-10 finish boosted Park from 23rd to 20th in the points standings, his second largest jump of the season - after Watkins Glen he went from 17th to 13th.
Celebrating his 33rd birthday this week, Park has steadily seen improvement in the team's pit stops, enabling him to return to the track quicker. The Pennzoil team proved that Watkins Glen was no fluke by putting up some pretty quick stops again at Michigan Speedway. Only one miscue, caused when the clutch went out and the jerked the car off the jack, hampered the team's otherwise excellent performance.
"Getting the pole here last time was great," said Park, who is currently 15th in the points standings. "We really had a better car than seventh but we just got behind in the pits. With another great qualifying effort, we'll be on the front stretch for our pit stops, and, the way this Pennzoil team has improved, there's no telling what we can accomplish at Bristol."
"We have continued to improve our pit stops which means everything these days as competition gets tougher," said crew chief Paul Andrews. "These guys practice twice a week and then have a work out regimen they follow. It 's enabled us to get out quicker and gain valuable track position."
"Corners are very important at Bristol," continued Andrews. "On the high banks, you have to set up the car just right so it doesn't ride up on the track. Hopefully, we can improve on our finish from last time. I'm pretty sure we can."
Steve Park Bristol Motor Speedway Performance Record
Year Race St Fn Laps Status Winnings 2000 Food City (WC) 1 7 500/500 Running $49,995 1999 Food City 500 (WC) 43 23 497/500 Running 36,965 Goody's 500 (WC) 34 31 481/500 Running 33,715 1998 Food City 500 (WC) DNS Goody's 500 (WC) 36 34 422/500 Running 22,710 1997 Moore's Snacks 250 (Busch) 15 6 250/250 Running 8,885