Notes: * Starting in his 84th Winston Cup points event, Steve Park in the Dale Earnhardt, Inc.-owned ...
* Starting in his 84th Winston Cup points event, Steve Park in the Dale Earnhardt, Inc.-owned #1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo heads to Martinsville, Va., for the NAPA Autocare 500 this Sunday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway on ESPN beginning at 1 p.m. EDT.
* Earning a total of $1,609,808 during the 1999 season, the young Winston Cup driver has surpassed that amount in 2000 with nine races left in the season. With his fourth-place finish this past weekend at Dover Downs International Speedway, Park added $81,010 to his prize earnings for a total of $1,629,522, bringing him closer to the $4 million career mark ($3,803,435).
* The Pennzoil team picked up shop this past Monday and headed over the Greenville-Pickens Speedway to test for the upcoming event at Martinsville. In a brand new Chevrolet, crew chief Paul Andrews worked on a variety of things to try and get the combinations correct for the 500-lap event this upcoming weekend.
* Posting his third fourth-place finish of the season, Park now has nine top 10s for the season – a career high and quite impressive for the third-year Winston Cup driver. With the run of late for the Pennzoil team (five top 10s in the last seven races), look for improvement upon the 12th-place finish the team posted last fall at Martinsville Speedway. Only 30 points from the 11th spot in the Winston Cup point standings, Park remains in the 13th position poised to catapult past Matt Kenseth and Mike Skinner in 12th and 11th, respectively.
* The Pennzoil team is really pulling together as evident during last weekend’s race in Dover. The first two pit stops weren’t up to par with lug nuts falling of the tire. Rather than point fingers, the team inspired each other and, when the next rounds of stop occurred, got Park back on the track in better position as the pit stops completed quicker than 15.5 seconds.
“We got into a demolition derby during our last outing at Martinsville,” said Park, who finished 25th on the .526-mile track earlier this season. “I think that everything that could go wrong did and I don’t anticipate repeating that experience. We are really looking to move up in the points as much as possible and those DNFs don’t help at all.”
“Since we had a new car, we thought it would work to our benefit to test some things out,” said crew chief Paul Andrews. “The car we raced last time at Martinsville got destroyed in New Hampshire a couple of weeks ago; however, we were planning on bringing the new car regardless.”
“We were working on the brakes and some other stuff,” continued Andrews. “We were able to walk away with some advantageous information that will hopefully be helpful on the flat track of Martinsville Speedway, which is similar to Greenville-Pickens although it’s not exactly the same.”