Three Drivers To Watch
By Bill Whitehead correspondent
The 2003 CTS champion is in an odd position: He left the Steve Coulter-owned
championship organization and will join one of the fledgling Toyota teams, his
third different ride in three seasons. Said Kvapil of his former Chevy team: "I
still kind of feel like they're my team because we won the championship
together. I want to show them they made a mistake by letting me go."
The former Cup driver was hand-picked by the late Dale Earnhardt will take over
for Brendan Gaughan in the No. 62 Orleans Racing truck, which nearly won the
2003 championship. A two-time winner in Cup, Park will bring more than six years
of experience to the team but is ready for a fresh start. "It's been a dismal
two years," said Park, injured in a violent Busch crash at Darlington in 2001.
"Nobody wakes up in the morning and wants to go (to) their job and be mediocre."
It would be a vast understatement to say Musgrave was upset by the restart
penalty at Homestead that essentially cost him the 2003 title. "I've taken it
for the past 25 years and now I'm going to start dishing it out," the Dodge
driver said after the race. Watch for Musgrave to be invigorated and ready to
settle the score in 2004.