Starting in his 74th Winston Cup points event, Steve Park in the Dale Earnhardt, Inc.-owned ...
Starting in his 74th Winston Cup points event, Steve Park in the Dale Earnhardt, Inc.-owned #1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo travels to Long Pond, Pa., for the Pocono 500 this weekend at Pocono Raceway; shown live on TNN beginning at 1 p.m. EDT.
In just two starts at Pocono, Steve Park has impressively posted 13th and 8th-place finishes on the tricky 2.5-mile tri-oval that possesses that ever-dangerous tunnel turn.
This past Tuesday, Steve Park participated in the Lowe's Motor Speedway Summer Shootout Series where he competed against fellow Winston Cup driver Chad Little. Winning the first of three races, Park and Little headed into a tiebreaker third event. Appearing to have victory in hand, Park was robbed of the victory when Little "cut" through the grass and crossed the finish line first, a move questioned by some.
Pennzoil crew chief Paul Andrews unarguably can be one of the best at setting up cars for the challenging 2.5-mile tri-oval at Pocono. He has seen victory lane with three different drivers -- Alan Kulwicki, Geoffrey Bodine and most recently Jeremy Mayfield, who saw winner's circle for the first time.
"This track can be very tricky, especially in the spring since the winter weather changes the track," said Park, who is currently 18th in the points standings. "The corners are very challenging and it takes some caution getting through them, especially in the tunnel turn."
"You either love or hate this track (Pocono) and I just happen to love it," said crew chief Paul Andrews, who brings the cars that brought much success on the Pocono and Homestead tracks to race this weekend. "It's a thinking track and I like that challenge. Putting together the right set up and always key but even more important here since either corner is so different."