Steve wants more Speed
Steve Park called his first test with the Las Vegas-based Orleans Racing
team a success, but the veteran driver left Daytona International
Speedway on Monday sounding a lot like the other 33 NASCAR Craftsman
Truck Series drivers who took part in the three-day test.
"Really, testing went pretty good," Park said after he posted the
12th-fastest speed of the day (180.213 mph) in the No. 62 Dodge. "We
were happy with the truck in qualifying trim, we just need to find a
little bit more speed in race trim. We're good, we just need to find
some more speed to go fast enough to win this thing."
The 2004 NCTS season opens Feb. 13 with the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 at
Steve Grissom led Monday morning's session with a speed of 182.994 in
the No. 59 Dodge and was followed by Terry Cook (182.760), Carl Edwards
(182.382), Chad Chaffin (181.594) and Steadman Marlin (181.583).
Most of the teams shifted to drafting practice in the afternoon session
and Jack Sprague posted the top speed at 187.625 mph.
Park, who was named last week to replace Brendan Gaughan in the No. 62
Dodge, said the most important thing to come out of the three-day test
was how he worked with his new teammates.
"Right now, jelling with the team is the main thing," Park said. "It's
the first time we've had a chance to work together and a lot of positive
things came out of that.
"It was our first time testing and it worked as good as you could
expect. I don't think we'll ever be satisfied unless we're about a
second faster than anybody else, but we're decent right now."