BUSCH: Homestead: Casey Mears preview

Casey Mears No. 66 Phillips 66 Dodge Intrepid Notes & Quotes Casey Mears' Thoughts On Returning To Homestead-Miami Speedway... "I'm looking forward to getting back to Homestead because it's another track that I've been to before on the...

Casey Mears
No. 66 Phillips 66 Dodge Intrepid

Notes & Quotes
Casey Mears' Thoughts On Returning To Homestead-Miami Speedway...
"I'm looking forward to getting back to Homestead because it's another track that I've been to before on the circuit.  For never being in a Busch race before and making my debut there last year, I thought we did pretty well.  Hopefully we can go back and improve upon our performance."

Casey Mears' Thoughts On The Progress Made So Far...
"This season went by too fast.  We've learned a great deal this year.  I along with the team have made gains this year, but we've also had some struggles.  You keep wanting to get to the next race and improve and do better, but now here we are at the end.  I just wish we had some more races to get things completely ironed out."

Casey Mears' Thoughts On The Highlight Of The 2002 Season...
"Our second Nashville race was probably the highlight of the season so far for me.  We qualified second which was good and we ran inside the top-10 for the entire race.  It was one of those problem-free weekends that allowed us to be competitive all night long."

Casey Mears' Thoughts On What's Next...
"I definitely think I've found a home racing stock cars.  I'm having a good time and I like the fact that because there are 43 cars on the track at once there's never a shortage of someone to race with.  The stock cars still don't hail in comparison to an open-wheel car in terms of performance, but when you hit your setup right, these cars are a blast to drive.  I hope to be here for a long time." 

A Solid Weekend... 
Last weekend in Phoenix the Phillips 66 team qualified sixth, their best starting position since Michigan in August (6th).  The 15th-place finish was the team's best finish since Darlington in August (12th).

Back Where It All Began... 
Casey Mears made his NASCAR Busch Series debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2001.  The California-native joined the stock cars ranks after competing in open-wheel and off-road vehicles before joining the Busch Series.  Mears qualified 21st and finished 28th during his debut.

-jm-

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