Park's Return is Imminent

Park on the mend, return imminent Brett Borden WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (May 30, 1998) Steve Park is a man who just can't stand living up to his name. The preseason NASCAR Winston Cup Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender would much rather ...

Park on the mend, return imminent Brett Borden

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (May 30, 1998) Steve Park is a man who just can't stand living up to his name.

The preseason NASCAR Winston Cup Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender would much rather shift his promising racing career back into drive, where it was before he was injured in practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 6.

Park was scheduled to get back in gear in Indianapolis for the Brickyard 400 on August 1, but he's trying his best to find a way into the driver's seat before then. That seat is currently occupied by a revitalized Darrell Waltrip.

"We're hoping to get back sooner," said Park. "We're not really sure right now, but we're talking about it."

Park was one of the preseason favorites to be NASCAR Raybestos Rookie of the Year before suffering a broken right femur, a broken left collarbone, and a broken right shoulder blade. He is no longer using a cane, but still walks with a slight limp. If he can get back into the driver's seat soon enough, he may still have an outside shot at winning the award. He competed in two races before Atlanta, finishing 41st in the season-opening Daytona 500 and 31st in the Goodwrench 400 at Rockingham.

According to Park, who has been spending the weekend hanging out with the Pennzoil team at Dover Downs International Speedway, medical approval is right around the corner

"The doctors have said in about three weeks I should have the OK to drive again," said Park. "That would put us in June or early July."

The one race before Indianapolis that Park has his heart set on is the Jiffy Lube 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon on July 12.

"New Hampshire is a big race for me," he said. "I'm from that area so I'd love to be able to make it back by then. I've been lobbying hard with the boss man (Dale Earnhardt), trying to see if we can get me in a car for that race."

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Darrell Waltrip , Steve Park