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NASCAR WCUP: Park Groggy, But OK After Homestead Testing Wreck

15 September 1998

Team Officials Awaiting CAT Scan Results

Mooresville, N.C. -- #1 Pennzoil Monte Carlo driver Steve Park was groggy, but unhurt after a Monday afternoon testing accident at the Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex in Homestead, Fla.

Park crashed in turn three of the 1.5-mile oval and walked to the ambulance under his own power. Track medical crews transported Park to Homestead General Hospital for observation late Monday afternoon. Team officials were awaiting the results of a CAT scan Monday evening.

Team members reported Park was a bit groggy and said he felt, "as if I had been beaten up."

Park was at the track assisting the Dale Earnhardt Inc. Busch team in its preparation for the season ending Jiffy Lube 300 on Nov. 15 and the Nov. 28 Winston Cup exhibition race at the similarly configured Twin Ring Motegi track in Japan.

While Dale Earnhardt Jr. tested the team's Busch car, Park was shaking down the Winston Cup car. Plans called for Dale Jr. to test the car the Winston Cup car on Tuesday. The Japanese race marks Dale Jr.'s first appearance in a Winston Cup car.

Park suffered a broken right leg, left collarbone and right shoulder blade in a March 6 wreck at Atlanta. He returned to the Pennzoil Monte Carlo in Indianapolis on Aug. 1 after missing 13 races.