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Notes: Ø Starting in his 77th Winston Cup points event, Steve Park in the Dale Earnhardt, Inc.-owned ...

Notes: Ø Starting in his 77th Winston Cup points event, Steve Park in the Dale Earnhardt, Inc.-owned #1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo travels to his home state of New York for the Global Crossing at the Glen this weekend at the Watkins Glen International; shown live on ESPN beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

Ø Coming from this part of the country, Park's first venture in NASCAR on the 2.45-mile road course occurred in 1996 when he qualified first for the Parts American 150 Craftsman Truck Series event before giving up the seat in the event. In the following year, Park competed in the Busch event where he qualified fourth and finished sixth. His 1998 and 1999 outings on the road course proved to be fairly successful. Last year, after taking a provisional to start 39th, Park fought hard and was able to move up 27 positions on the track where it is very difficult to pass and finished 12th.

Ø The Pennzoil team is bringing the same Chevrolet Monte Carlo to Watkins Glen that they raced at Sears Point Raceway earlier this season. At Sears Point, Park started in the 15th spot and finished 17th, on the lead lap. The team also recently tested the #1 car at Kershaw, S.C., in preparation for the Global Crossing at the Glen.

Ø Consistency has paid off during the last several races as the #1 Pennzoil team has moved up three spots in the NASCAR Winston Cup points standings. After finishing 15th at Pocono, Park moved from 20th to 18th and with a respectable 16th-place finish at Indianapolis, he now stands in 17th -- only four points from the 16th spot and 15 from the 15th.

Ø Crew chief Paul Andrews, not only brings championship knowledge, but also some history to Watkins Glen as he stood in victory lane with Geoffrey Bodine in 1996. The victory was historic in the fact that Andrews used pit strategy to earn the win -- pitting out of sequence. He waited for the correct window rather than pit under caution, which had never been done before at the road course -- now, everybody uses that strategy since it is so hard to pass and track position means everything.

Ø Continuing to increase his racing portfolio, Troy Andrews, son of crew chief Paul, added another victory in the Legends Car Charger Division after winning his second consecutive event at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Tuesday night. Taking the lead from the polesitter in turn two on the first of 15 laps, Troy claimed his third victory of the summer series season.

"I really enjoy road courses," said Park, who is currently 17th in the points standings. "It provides us with some challenge as we try to manipulate both left and right turns. Paul (Andrews) has won at this track before so that gives us some extra confidence heading into this race. "

"Steve has more experience at Watkins Glen than at Sonoma since he's from that area and we feel that will help us get a good finish," said crew chief Paul Andrews. "We also found some stuff to help the car turn better while testing at Kershaw. We're pretty excited, really."

"The 's' turns in Watkins Glen have some good elevations but aren't as erratic as the Sonoma's road course," continued Andrews. "Watkins Glen is definitely faster though as the speeds through the corners are greater." <pre>

Steve Park Watkins Glen International Performance Record Year Race St Fin Laps Status Winnings 1999 Frontier at the Glen (WC) 39 12 90/90 Running $36,265 1998 Bud at the Glen (WC) 34 18 90/90 Running 23,260 1997 Bud at the Glen (WC) 12 33 88/90 Running 11,515 Lysol 200 (Busch) 4 6 82/82 Running 12,562 1996 Parts America 150 (Truck) 1 DNR

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