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Steve Park Pre Race Report - Michigan

Driver: Steve Park

Owner: Michael Gaughan

Event: Paramount Health Insurance 200
Michigan International Speedway - Brooklyn, Mich.
Saturday, June 18, 2005 - 3:15 p.m. (EDT)
Qualifying: Saturday, June 18, 2005 - 10:00 a.m. (EDT)
2.0-mile oval, 200 miles/100 laps

Notes of Interest:

Park will run Orleans Racing’s T11 Dodge as his primary vehicle --- the team will carry T15 as a backup.

Park’s 2004 NCTS Michigan record shows that the Orleans Dodge started 14th and went on to finish 17th.

The truck that carried Park to victory at California earlier this year, Orleans Racing’s “T2”, has been deemed a total loss after its final outing at Dover International several weeks ago.

Park On Michigan International Speedway:

IS MICHIGAN FUN TO DRIVE? – “Yeah, it is. I love going to Michigan. It’s actually the home state for a lot of the race team manufacturers, so a lot of pressure is put on the manufacturers to run good there. Our Dodge team is a team that’s capable of running up front and we feel we can actually go back there and win the race. We went there last year and we had difficulties in getting speed out of the truck but over the course of the end of last year and the beginning of this year we found the necessary speed we needed to go back to a place like Michigan and run well.”

MICHIGAN IS SIMILAR TO CALIFORNIA WHERE YOU WON, SO THAT MUST MAKE YOU EXCITED. – “They’ve got their similarities and their differences, too. Michigan is not exactly like California. I wish it was, because we did win there but if we can get the speed out of the truck at California we can do it at Michigan. So we’re all looking forward to going there.

“You’ve got to have the body to get the downforce you need to run well in the race and the engine to pull the truck through the wind. It’s a fast place and the body combination and the engine combination definitely have to match in order to get the speed we need. I think you’ll see guys that don’t qualify as well are going to race better. Guys like Bobby Hamilton and ourselves who are really going for the overall downforce package to make our Dodges handle well in the race. It’s another impound race. Qualifying really doesn’t pay any points and we’re trying to get as many points as we can on race day.”

Meet the Crew:

Shop Duty
Race Day Duty

Charlie Wilson
Bakersfield, CA
Crew Chief
Crew Chief

Clint Jennings
Logan, OH
Rear Tire Carrier

Harley Rauch
Fresno, CA
Front Tire Changer

Danny Stockman
Yucaipa, CA
Truck Chief
Front Tire Carrier

Gary Brannon
Buttonwillow, CA
Catch Can

Bill Caldwell
Culver City, CA
Truck Driver
Fuel Man

Joel Cox
Seattle, WA
Jack Man

Lance Wilson
Bakersfield, CA
Front Suspension
Rear Tire Changer

Randy Snyder
Buena Park, CA
Truck Driver

Listen in on the #62: The team’s primary radio frequency is 468.9125 Mhz
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