Steve Park Leads Laps At Thompson But Late Spin Costs Him A Good Finish Thompson, Conn. (July 12, 2008) - While the first third of Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Series East race at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway was very good for...
Steve Park Leads Laps At Thompson But Late Spin Costs Him A Good Finish
Thompson, Conn. (July 12, 2008) - While the first third of Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Series East race at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway was very good for Steve Park and the No. 35 Waste Management Recycle America Chevrolet team, things took a turn for the worse on a lap 38 restart. Losing the lead to the second-place driver, Park was then victimized with a first turn spin. He stormed back to return to the top five, only to suffer another spin late in the race. He finished 22nd.
Park, whose record at Thompson is among the best, posted the second-best lap in Saturday's opening practice session. He continued to show speed in time trials, where he qualified sixth fastest. In a short race where no pit stops were planned, the up-front starting position set Park up for a good race.
Within five laps of the green flag, Park was up to third and taking part in a three-car breakaway. He took second from Marc Davis on lap 16 and started working on the leader, Matt Kobyluck. When Kobyluck slowed with a flat tire, Park took over the top spot.
Park held the race lead through the following caution, and things took a turn for the worse after that. The outside front-row starter jumped the restart and took the lead into turn one, and Park was spun out in front of the field. Everybody missed him but he had to restart deep in the field.
Going back to racing, Park had his sights set on returning to the front. It took until lap 90 of 100 for him to get back to the top five but trouble struck again. The two cars racing side-by-side in front of Park touched and one spun, and Park also spun checking up for the original spin. This again sent him to the back, and this time he had no time left to make up that ground.
"The 18 tapped the 44 and I got into the back of him and that got the both of us spun," he said.
"It was a tough race but we survived it," Park continued. "It's frustrating, but the Waste Management Recycle America car ran good today, I was glad to see that. We lead laps and did what we needed to do, but the racing gods weren't with us. We can't control what everybody else is doing and that's what got us today."
Park will return to action next Saturday with the running of the Strutmasters.com 150 at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tennessee.