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Steve Park Wins Controversal Modified Race at Daytona

February 19th, 2013 at 9:31 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

Former Sprint Cup Series driver Steve Park won his first modified race in 16 years at the UNOH Battle at the Beach Tuesday night, after contact between Park and leader Mike Stefanik got Park to the lead. 

Park's career has been filled with injuries and the win meant a lot to him. 

"Man Mike's a good friend of mine. I got pile drived and got into him. We had a good car and got lucky. It's better to be lucky than good." Park said in victory lane. 

Park was behind driver Mike Stefanik when the white flag fell. Stefanik was up front all night long and got the lead when Todd Szegedy had issues on lap 125 of 150. Szegedy had led the entire race until mechanical issues forced him to retire from the event. Park claimed he was pushed by third place driver Eric Goodale. Goodale claimed he didn't get into Park. Mike Stefanik was upset about the incident. 

"I don't know. I don't want to say the wrong thing but it's bull****" Stefanik said on the SPEED Channel broadcast. 

The race was slowed 17 times due to cautions including a scary accident that involved driver Danny Bohn. His modified flipped upside down on lap 118. Bohn's car caught fire, while upside down but he escaped without injury. 

NASCAR driver Kyle Larson competed in the race and was running in the top five all night long until lap 145 when Larson missed a shift and got hit by driver Woody Pitkat. Both Pitkat and Larson crashed ending their day. 

Tags: Eric Goodale, Mike Stefanik, Motorsports, Steve Park, Todd Szegedy, Woody Pitkat

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