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Steve Park Pre Race Report - Kansas

Driver: Steve Park

Owner: Michael Gaughan

Event: O'Reilly Auto Parts 250
Kansas Speedway - Kansas City, KS
Saturday, July 2, 2005 - 2:15 p.m. (CDT)
Qualifying: Friday, July 1, 2005 - 5:00 p.m. (CDT)
1.5-mile oval, 250.5 miles/167 laps

The Truck --- T15

Notes of Interest:

This week Orleans Racing will introduce a new truck to the fleet --- T15. This Dodge is being pressed into service after a pair of incidents consumed two of Park’s favorite trucks.

The Kansas Speedway treated Park well in 2004, his first outing in the Craftsman Truck Series at this track. His fourth place finish came after he was forced to start shotgun on the field after a race morning engine change.

Park On Kansas Speedway

ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS WEEKEND? – “I really am. The guys have done a good job of getting a brand new truck prepared. Unfortunately two of my favorite trucks were lost – one at Dover and one in Michigan. So the guys on the Orleans team had to work hard to get the truck ready for Kansas City and it looks real good. So we’re excited to get it on the track for the first time.”

YOU RAN REAL WELL LAST YEAR SO IT LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE A NICE PACKAGE FOR THIS WEEKEND. – “We had a comfortable package last year but we found a little hiccup in the motor prior to the race. The guys got the engine changed out and we ended up with a decent finish.”

HOW DO YOU FIND COMFORT IN THE TRUCK WITH AS HOT AS IT IS DURING THIS STRETCH OF RACES? – “Really the hottest race that we’ve had so far was in Milwaukee. We’re just working hard on making sure that we have the proper insulation in the truck and run the exhaust to try to keep as much heat out of the cockpit as possible and make sure that the blower is intact and have a good carbon monoxide filter and try to keep the driver as comfortable as possible so he can perform the whole race long.”

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

Josh White
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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