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Steve Park Pre Race Report - Bristol

Driver: Steve Park
Owner: Michael Gaughan
Event: O'Reilly 200
Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - 9:15 p.m. (EDT)
Qualifying: Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - 5:30 p.m. (EDT)
0.533-mile oval, 106.6 miles/200 laps

Notes of Interest:

Orleans Racing has a birthday boy this week --- that’s right, 39 years ago on August 23rd Steve Park was introduced to the world. At the time no one knew he’d go on to such greatness, but Park has shown time and time again that greatness is a word synonymous with the Long Island, NY native.

Year ago Bristol stats show that Park started and finished 9th on this tough high-banked concrete track in the #62 Orleans Racing Dodge.

Park On Bristol Motor Speedway:

ABOUT BRISTOL – HAS BRISTOL BEEN GOOD TO YOU OVER THE YEARS? – “Yeah, it has. I like running Bristol. We’ve had a pole there in the Cup car and we’ve had some solid runs. It just seems like you’re either hot or cold. Either you come out of there with a top 10 finish and all the wheels on the car or you go up there you struggle and get involved in your own wreck or somebody else’s wreck. I would say an analogy is that it’s like flying a jet fighter in a gymnasium. You go around that place in just fifteen seconds. It’s one of the most exciting half-mile tracks that we go to.”

CUP CARS RUN 43 IN A FIELD AND THE TRUCKS RUN 36 – DOES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE? – “Not really. If you qualify on the pole you’re lapping cars in it seems like the first ten laps. The disparity of speed -- even though it might be a second, a second around that place is so much that you can get lapped in 15 laps. You find yourself constantly in traffic and if it’s not racing traffic it’s lapped traffic.”

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