MRN Flashback: 2000 Global Crossing @ The Glen
By: MRN Staff on August 6, 2014 | 2:58 P.M. EST
In August 2000, Steve Park proved the old adage that it's not where you start but where you finish that's important in measuring success on the track. He started 18th and finished first at Watkins Glen International. (Photo: ISC Archives)
On Aug. 13, 2000, Steve Park proved the old adage that it’s not where you start but where you finish that’s important in measuring success on the racetrack.
After starting 18th at Watkins Glen International, Park pushed his Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet into the lead one-third of the way through the Global Crossing @ The Glen and kept it there for 53 of the final 60 laps to claim victory.
To this day, it’s the farthest back a Cup Series race winner at Watkins Glen has started since the track first hosted NASCAR competition in 1957.
Park’s margin of victory over runner-up Mark Martin was .384 seconds. Jeff Burton finished third and Robby Gordon ran fourth … after starting 42nd in the 43-car field. Pole sitter Bobby Labonte completed the top five.
Matt Kenseth was the highest-finishing rookie, in 10th place. There were 32 cars running on the lead lap with Park at the checkered flag. The race included nine lead changes among seven drivers with five cautions for 12 laps.
The Glen victory was Park’s lone win of the 2000 season, in which he finished 11th in the final standings. Labonte won twice over the final 13 races of the season to claim the championship, by a comfortable 265 points over Dale Earnhardt.
Visit MRN.com on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (ET) to hear the complete broadcast of the 2000 Global Crossing @ The Glen from Watkins Glen International, anchored by Barney Hall and Allen Bestwick. Motor Racing Network – "The Voice of NASCAR" – features a classic race each week on "Throwback Thursday" only at MRN.com.