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Martinsville Race Report

By Colleen Marie Lynch

It was just another one of those days for Steve Park. Steve qualified the Orleans truck in the 20th position, but with Carl Edwards' engine change, Steve moved up to 20th.

The caution came out very early. After being hit by Andy Petree on lap one, Bill Lester spun around on the track. Steve went low and just barely avoided hitting Lester's truck. On the restart, Steve was in 19th.

Caution 2 came out on lap 25. Ken Weaver spun with what appeared to be a cut tire. Steve was in 18th on the restart.

On lap 34, Joe Aramendia spins and Bill Lester gets into him causing the 3rd caution of the day.

Steve moves into the 17th position on lap 47.

Jack Sprague, who had been leading the race was passed by Rick Crawford on lap 56. Hamilton also passed Sprague. On lap 67, Hamilton also passed Crawford for the lead.

On lap 73, Carl Edwards passes Steve moving him into the 18th position.

Andy Petree rams into David Starr on lap 80. Chad Chaffin also gets into the wall and stops, but instead of waiting for the track to clear, he backs into traffic getting into Steve at least twice. Musgrave and Huffman were also involved in the accident.

Steve is in 20th on the lap 95 restart. Caution came out only 10 laps later on lap 105. Bill Lester had heavy front end damage. Park, and Brad Keselowski were also involved.

The green flag had just begun to fly on lap 109 when caution number 6 came out because Ken Weaver couldn't get going. He said his water bottle got stuck under the throttle. Steve was in position 21.

Joe Aramendia spins on lap 126, but no caution is called. 12 laps later, Ken Schrader goes behind the wall.

Steve was in the 20th position on lap 142, 16.207 seconds behind the leader. 3 laps later, Steve moved into the 19th position. Caution number 7 also came out on lap 145, because Tina Gordon was smoking.

Steve continued to move up. On lap 158, he moved into the 18th position. Caution number 8 came out on lap 160 after Joe Aramendia spins after Andy Housten got into him. Mike Skinner is currently leading the race.

Kevin Love has a problem with his truck calling out the 9th caution on lap 192. On the lap 199 restart, Steve is in the 13th position.

Ken Weaver spins with 41 laps to go bringing out the 10th caution of the day. With 28 to go, Steve is in the 12th position. He moves up into the top ten with 20 laps to go. Dana White then cut down in front of Steve's truck causing him damage and moving him back to 24th.

With 6 laps to go, Steve moves into the 23rd position. Steve's tire goes down with 4 to go after making contact earlier with Carl Edwards. Steve brushes the wall and has to pit for new right side tires.

Andy Petree crashes into Bill Lester after crossing the finish line.

Steve ends the race 1 lap down in the 26th position.

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