Steve Park Homestead preview

HOUSTON -- In the hunt for his second Winston Cup victory, Steve Park would like nothing more than to notch that second win this weekend as Pennzoil, the primary sponsor of the ...

HOUSTON -- In the hunt for his second Winston Cup victory, Steve Park would like nothing more than to notch that second win this weekend as Pennzoil, the primary sponsor of the #1 Chevrolet, is sponsoring the 267-lap event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Pennzoil 400 presented by Discount Auto Parts gets underway this Sunday on the 1.5-mile track in South Florida with Park starting in his 89th Winston Cup point event behind the wheel of the Dale Earnhardt, Inc.-owned #1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The 267-lap event will be the first for NBC who will televise it live beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.

"We'd really love to give Pennzoil another victory and doing so during the Pennzoil 400 would make it even more special," said Park, who passed Mike Skinner for the 11th spot in the Winston Cup point standings after Phoenix. "They have been through so much as a sponsor and have been very patient and supportive throughout my tenure with them. This Pennzoil team has proven that they are winners and, with the confidence we have built, it's a real possibility for us to take this thing on Sunday."

Since his first win back at Watkins Glen 12 races ago, Park appears in top shape for a repeat performance as he has posted 8 top-10 finishes including five top fives. His most recent result gave the 33-year-old driver his second best career finish as he crossed the line at Phoenix International Raceway in the third position after leading for 11 laps. Continuing to post career-best finishes on numerous tracks this season, Park seeks to better last season's race in Homestead when he finished 19th.

"Last year's results were not exactly what we were looking for," said crew chief Paul Andrews, who brings the same Pennzoil Monte Carlo to Homestead that was raced at the first Atlanta, Charlotte and Michigan races this season. "We were just okay and that is why we went down to Homestead a few weeks ago to test. Not only did it help us prepare for Homestead, but the test also gave us some insight for Phoenix where we ran extremely well. During the test, we worked on both our qualifying and race setups and were pretty happy with the way the Pennzoil car ran. It's going to be a good race for us."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Steve Park