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Park never bothered by the odds

Nothing seems to keep Steve Park down. Not accidents, firings or cruel gossip -- which still persists.

Updated: September 12, 2003, 5:57 PM ET
By Jerry Bonkowski | Special to ESPN.com

Resilient should be Steve Park's middle name. You can smash him, trash him, even fire him -- and yet Park finds a way to bounce back each time.

He came back from a near-fatal crash at Darlington (S.C.) two years ago. He ignored a barrage of media criticism saying he couldn't drive at the Winston Cup level once he made a full-time return after his wreck.

And then, earlier this year, just two days after being fired as the driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet by Dale Earnhardt Inc., Park once ...

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