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Steve Park Pre-Race Report - Vegas

Source: Orleans Racing
Kimberly Meesters
Date: 09/21/2004

LAS VEGAS , Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004 – The following pre-race notes, quotes and statistics are for Steve Park, driver of the No. 62 Orleans Dodge, and Scott Lynch, driver of the No. 61 Orleans Dodge, prior to the Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sept. 25.


Orleans Racing will field two trucks in the Las Vegas 350. In addition to Park's No. 62 Orleans Dodge, the team will run the No. 61 Orleans Dodge driven by Lynch.

The Las Vegas event is a hometown races for the team and Lynch. Orleans Racing is located in the Speedway Commerce Center at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and Lynch, who is originally from Burley, Idaho, now lives in Las Vegas.

This will be Park's seventh start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He has two top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes. He has two starts in the NASCAR Busch Series and four starts in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. This will be his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at the 1.5-mile oval.

Park is 11th in Craftsman Truck Series points. He finished 27th in Daytona, 12th in Atlanta, 26th in Martinsville, 27th in Mansfield, 12th in Charlotte, 13th in Dover, 10th at Texas, 11th at Memphis, fourth at Milwaukee, fourth at Kansas, sixth at Kentucky, 31st at Gateway, 17th at Michigan, 22nd at Indy, fifth at Nashville, ninth at Bristol, 12th at Richmond and 14th at Loudon.

PRE-RACE QUOTE FROM STEVE PARK: “The Las Vegas race has significance because it is the home of Orleans Racing. I know how much it means to the team and the guys being home. It is like their home track. It really isn't a hometown race for me. I have to travel across the country to get to it. To me it is a West Coast race. The guys on the team keep me pumped up about the race since it is their hometown track. Their enthusiasm rubs off on me. I love running Vegas. We had a good run in the Cup car there last year. I'm looking forward to racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Vegas. I'm also looking forward to spending the week after the race at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and enjoying the town before we go over to California to race. I think it is important for NASCAR to have the Las Vegas market on the schedule for all three major series. I think the West Coast in general is important because the fans have been deprived of the sport for so long. It is a great market for the teams, drivers and fans. We all enjoy the trip to Las Vegas .”
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