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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 travels to Indianapolis, Ind., for the Brickyard 400 this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; shown live on ABC beginning at 1 p.m. EDT.

Being a relatively newcomer in the series, Park's first venture on the famous track highlighted his return after missing 13 races due to an accident in Atlanta that spring. During the 1998 event, he ran well but ran into trouble with 12 laps remaining, relegating him to a 35th-place finish. The next year, however, Park posted an impressive 15th-place finish.

The Pennzoil team visited the Brickyard a couple of weeks ago for the GM testing session and posted some pretty impressive times -- third fastest during the first day.

Crew chief Paul Andrews continues to watch his son, Troy, grow in the Legends Car Charger Division as he joined the list of repeat winner Lowe's Motor Speedway on Tuesday nights. As the checkered flag fell for the 15-lap event, Troy claimed his second victory of the summer series.

"I feel good this weekend," said Park, who is currently 18th in the points standings. "The test session went extremely well and we were real happy with the results. With Pennzoil being one of the major sponsors of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it would be more exciting to get our first victory at this track, not to mention the prestige that accompanies this event."

"We were a little disappointed with our finish at Pocono after running in the top five most of the day," said Park, who finished the Pennsylvania 500 in the 15th spot. "The car was running great and then, after the two tire stop late in the race, it just went away from us."

"Each week the Pennzoil team gets better and better and this may be it," said crew chief Paul Andrews, who has won at Pocono with Geoffrey Bodine, Alan Kulwicki and Jeremy Mayfield. "Every weekend you do all that you can, putting all the pieces together to get that victory. It takes a team effort -- not just the driver and not just the pit crew or shop guys. Not one element can be off."

<pre> Steve Park Indianapolis Motor Speedway Performance Record Year Race St Fin Laps Status Winnings 1999 Brickyard 400 (WC) 32 15 160/160 Running $109,610 1998 Pocono 500 (WC) 25 35 148/160 Accident 68,025

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Steve Park , Geoffrey Bodine , Alan Kulwicki