Steve Park Tests at Darlington

Park makes progress at Darlington DARLINGTON, S.C. (Aug. 5, 1998) After two days of extensive testing, NASCAR rookie driver Steve Park left Darlington Raceway Tuesday with something he didn't have on Monday -- confidence. "We were ...

Park makes progress at Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. (Aug. 5, 1998) After two days of extensive testing, NASCAR rookie driver Steve Park left Darlington Raceway Tuesday with something he didn't have on Monday -- confidence.

"We were scratching our heads a lot yesterday because we just couldn't get the car to turn the way I wanted it to in the corners," said Park, who is now back behind the wheel of the Pennzoil Chevrolet after missing 14 races due to injury. "We changed almost everything on the car and finally feel like we've made some progress. We made up a lot on the clock."

Park, who will make his first start in NASCAR's original superspeedway race - the 49th Pepsi Southern 500 on Sunday, September 6, improved to 168.123 mph, bettering his first-day best speed of 165.020 mph. Bobby Labonte won the pole for last year's Labor Day weekend classic with a speed of 170.661 mph.

"I finished fifth here last year in the NASCAR Busch Series race, but those cars are a lot different from the Winston Cup car," said Park, who returned to NASCAR Winston Cup competition in last weekend's Brickyard 400. "This has been a learning experience for me. I think we'll be in great shape when we come back."

Dale Earnhardt, Park's car owner, is one of five drivers with a chance for the $1 million "Winston No Bull 5" bonus. He'll be joined by Mark Martin, Labonte, Mike Skinner and Jeff Gordon, who is not only going for four straight in the classic, but also his second consecutive million dollar payoff in the race.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Steve Park , Mike Skinner