Park Drives To Rockingham
February 21, 2003 | 12:49 A.M. EST
Steve park sure hopes so. The last time Michael Waltrip won the Daytona 500, in 2001, DEI teammate Park followed up with a win at Rockingham, which bodes well for Sunday's return engagement.
"I am so excited to get back to Rockingham, said Park. "This is the last place that this team has won at. This is our chance to redeem ourselves after Daytona and put the Pennzoil car back up front.
"Going from Daytona to Rockingham, I feel like I'm actually getting back to normal racing. There is so much hype that surrounds the Daytona 500, that it's easy to get lost in it. This team has been concentrating on Rockingham, Las Vegas and Atlanta as well as Daytona. We just keep looking to the future.
"I am really looking forward to returning to a short track. As a whole, Dale Earnhardt Incorporated's short track program has suffered, creating a lack of consistency throughout the past seasons. We are looking at once again backing up Michael [Waltrip]'s win at Daytona with a win at Rockingham and turning our short track program around."
After a disappointing weekend for the #1 Pennzoil Chevrolet team at Daytona International Speedway, Park is looking to return to his winning ways at "The Rock." Continuous rainfall shortened Park's chances of gaining valuable track position in the Daytona 500, after the team made a pit stop only 12 laps before the race was called.
"I'm disappointed with our finish at Daytona, said Park. "The rain came in and ruined our chances of working our way to the front. The car was capable of a better finish than 29th. We just ran out of laps."
"The Daytona disappointment would certainly be turned around with another strong run at Rockingham.
"I feel that I've proven that I can win at the tougher tracks on the schedule," Park said. "Rockingham and Watkins Glen are both hard tracks to win on. We want to win at Rockingham again, and I feel that we could be a favorite going into this weekend."