Editorial

Talk about your Silly Season
by Stan Creekmore, NASCAR Editor

May 7, 2003

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The next sound you hear will be the sound of my high-pitched voice squealing out in pain from the pinch administered to move buttocks. Call it a reality check.

Betting the farm on Steve Park making it past Charlotte has cleaned out the bank account. Trusting in the words of Ty Norris was enough to lay down the deed.

Okay, so Park is now gone from DEI. Do I think he’ll resurface with another Winston Cup team? He might, but my gut says a return to the Busch Series would do more for his career right now.

But then again, the delete key removed the paragraphs from a now defunct piece that discussed why Jeff Green would find a Winston Cup ride, but that ride would not, repeat would not, be at Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Suffice it to say, Teresa Earnhardt has been as forgiving to Green as she was loyal to Park.

So what’s next? Will Matt Kenseth break his contract with Roush Racing to move to DEI? Or maybe Roger Penske will see the error of his ways and return to Ford, forsaking the carrots at Dodge!

Frankly, nothing that happens in the driver ranks for the remainder of this season would surprise me. Heck, I bet I could keep my jaw from hitting the floor if a press release appeared in my email box announcing the departure of Dale Earnhardt Jr. from DEI.

The departure of Jeff Green from the stables of Richard Childress Racing is a smart move on the part of Richard Childress. Green is a team player in a one-car operation. On anything larger Green is a thorn in a garden of roses.

That DEI gave up on Park most likely was equal parts of two early spins in the past two events and the release of Green from RCR. Park made it to the 2003 season with DEI because of the drivers on the market Park was the pick of the litter. That is not to say Green is a better driver than Park. Just that Green is better than Park at this moment in time, at least on the track.

You might be able to knock me over with a feather if Green is announced as a permanent fixture in the No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet. Unless, of course, Pennzoil happens to find themselves enamored of the Kentucky native.

Eleven races into the 2003 season three Winston Cup rides are now open – the No. 01, 1 and 30. Not to be caught with my pants down any further it is a good possibility the No. 4 and No. 14 will soon be added to the list. Unless a switch to Dodge saves Larry Foyt from his father’s imposed destruction.

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