Steve Park Continues Late-Season Push With Fourth Place Dover Finish Dover, Del. (Sept. 19, 2008) - Steve Park has notched two top-five finishes in his last two NASCAR Camping World East Series races as the 2008 season nears its conclusion, ...
Steve Park Continues Late-Season Push With Fourth Place Dover Finish
Dover, Del. (Sept. 19, 2008) - Steve Park has notched two top-five finishes in his last two NASCAR Camping World East Series races as the 2008 season nears its conclusion, continuing his push to finish the season in the top-five in points. Following a second-place effort last Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Park returned to action six days later at Dover International Speedway and posted a fourth-place finish in the Sunoco 150.
With just one race left to run in the 2008 season, Park rides sixth in series points, just 43 out of fifth. The season concludes next Sunday afternoon at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.
Park, who raced for NDS Motorsports last year at Dover and finished twelfth, showed improvement by posting top-ten times in both of Thursday's practice sessions. In Friday's qualifying, he put his No. 35 Waste Management Recycle America Chevrolet in the ninth starting spot with a fast lap at 150.432 MPH.
The race was treating Park just as well with his running eighth in the opening laps. He dodged a three-car incident among the leaders on lap 17 and picked up those spots, restarting in fifth position. He made pit stops for gas and right-side tires under a lap 54 caution but something else was becoming amiss.
"I thought we had a car that, at one point in the race, the car was pretty fast and I was right where I needed to be," said the E. Northport, N.Y. native. "Then we lost power steering and I ran seventy laps or so without it. I came in and the guys checked it out. It turns out that something broke in the reservoir."
At the race's halfway point, the power steering problem was diagnosed and repaired, and with more fluid added to the system, gave no more problems for Park. Because of the extra stops needed, he was now off-sequence from the leaders, so he came in one last time for left-side tires and restarted the race from the tail of the field.
Restarting thirteenth, Park made the most of the race's second half, interrupted with just one more stop for gas. He quickly moved as high as third place, but settled for fourth after a strong 150 laps at the Monster Mile.
"I was able to drive my way back to fourth," he said. "We put right-side tires on and the car was good, but when we put left-side tires on they got me just a little too tight. That hurt us a little bit at the end, but still it was a good performance, and a good points day.
"It's good to be disappointed with a fourth place finish," Park continued.
The Dover race was broadcast live on HDNet, and will be replayed on SpeedTV at noon on September 29th.
NASCAR's Camping World East Series will conclude next Sunday at Stafford Motor Speedway. Practice and qualifying will be held on Saturday with the 150-lap feature event going green at noon on Sunday. That race will also be broadcast live on HDNet as well as replayed on SpeedTV on October 13th.