RICHMOND, Va. -- After starting in the seventh position, Pennzoil driver Steve Park earned his second consecutive fourth-place finish on the .75-mile oval at Richmond International Raceway after crew chief Paul Andrews brought the ...
RICHMOND, Va. -- After starting in the seventh position, Pennzoil driver Steve Park earned his second consecutive fourth-place finish on the .75-mile oval at Richmond International Raceway after crew chief Paul Andrews brought the #1 Pennzoil Chevrolet into the pits for a chassis adjustment and four tires with everybody else staying out with nearly 100 laps remaining.
Throughout the just more than 3 hour Saturday night race, Park remained steady in the top 10 with only a few instances that keep in out of the top group. A jammed lug nut during a pit stop on lap 283 put the New York native in the 12th position upon returning to the track. When a caution flag fell just 16 laps later, crew chief Paul Andrews made the call to bring Park back into the pits for an adjustment to correct the tight condition and four tires. This would put the #1 Pennzoil Monte Carlo in the 14th position with 97 laps remaining.
"Paul made the call to come in and make that adjustment," said Park, who made his final pit stop at lap 298. "He wanted to make that adjustment to loosen up the car and then make that our last pit stop of the day. It was a very good call and it paid off."
Very methodically, Park worked his way back toward the front and, with fresher rubber, passed numerous cars to move into the fourth position before the final caution at lap 395. After the restart at lap398, Park tried to move past the #24 and #2 cars on the final laps but found it difficult as those two battled side-by-side for positions. With points leader Dale Jarrett running out of gas and making a late pit stop, Park now is just 172 points from the top spot in the Winston Cup standings -- tied with race winner Tony Stewart in the seventh slot with 1387 points.
"We knew we had a strong car tonight and it was just a matter of putting ourselves in the right position at the end of the race," added Park, who finished ninth in the Busch race Friday night at Richmond. "Our Pennzoil Chevrolet was coming on strong there at the end. We just ran out of laps. I love this Saturday night racing."
Tony Stewart earned his first victory of the 2001 Winston Cup season with Jeff Gordon and Rusty Wallace following in the second and third spot, respectively. Ricky Rudd rounded out the top five.