#42 Pennsylvania 500
AUTO RACING; Crash Overshadows Elliott’s Triumph
Track workers in orange suits pulled Steve Park from the crumpled carcass of his yellow Chevrolet today after he crashed into a wall on the first lap of the Pennsylvania 500. His teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr., arrived at the accident scene, and they locked arms and walked away together. Fans in the grandstand roared as they watched the two drivers on television screens. Bill Elliott won the shortened and twice-delayed Pennsylvania 500 today more than six and a half hours after it started, but Park had supplied the most dramatic moment of the day simply by getting out of his car. Park spent extra time in the infield care center at Pocono International Raceway because he had sustained a head injury in a crash in September, and track officials wanted to make sure he was fine. ”I just don’t like the fact I was trapped,” Park said. What followed seemed anticlimactic in comparison. Elliott, who won the pole position Friday for the second straight Winston Cup race, swept past Sterling Marlin on the 147th of 175 laps and won his first race of the season by 1.7 seconds over Kurt Busch.