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Source: Orleans Racing
Kimberly Meesters
Date: 03/12/2004

HAMPTON, Ga., March 12, 2004 – Steve Park, driver of the No. 62 Orleans Dodge in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, qualified 27th Friday for the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Park’s fastest lap was 31.676 seconds, 175.022 mph. Rookie David Reutimann earned the Bud Pole.

The following are quotes from Park after his qualifying run:

“We didn’t come here to win qualifying; we came here to win Saturday. Our Dodge is a good truck. It is driving really well. We are probably going to be the only truck that can hold it wide open for 30 laps. The Orleans Dodge is driving really well. It just doesn’t have the speed for qualifying. We go to Happy Hour next. When we get a bunch of trucks out there together we will be a lot better. We are all going to do the same thing. We are going to sacrifice a little for qualifying but have a truck we can race all day Saturday.”

(About driving Lone Star, the truck Brendan Gaughan drove to four consecutive wins at Texas): “This truck has won a lot of races. It is close to 50 percent. It probably isn’t the fastest qualifying truck. I don’t recall Brendan qualifying on the pole at Texas, but he has won almost every race he has driven there.”

(About this being the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway): “My experience in the NEXTEL Cup cars is paying dividends. I don’t have to get used to the racetrack. I just have to get used to how the Dodge drives around the racetrack. I don’t have to get used to the way the Craftsman Trucks handle and the racetrack at the same time. Some of these guys do.”

The inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway begins at 1 p.m. (EST) March 13. It will be broadcast live on Speed.

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