NASCAR All-Pro Series Record Holder Sean Studer Looks To Make Jump To Busch Series At Homestead
CONCORD, N.C. --- Qualifying for your first NASCAR Busch Series race is always memorable, but for 22 year-old Sean Studer, doing it this weekend in Homestead would be a dream come true. Studer graduated from the NASCAR Slim Jim All-Pro Series in 1998 with an impressive record throughout his two years on the series, claiming three top-five and 10 top-10 finishes, two pole positions and three outside pole positions. Studer is looking forward to going back to Homestead because it holds a lot of history for him. In the spring of 1997, Studer attempted to qualify for the first race of the year and his first NASCAR Slim Jim All-Pro Series race at Homestead, but failed to make the starting line-up. After continuing on with the rest of the season, Studer returned to Homestead in the fall of 1997 and not only qualified for the race, but broke the track record and won the pole position. Studer made his fourth trip to Homestead in the fall of 1998 for the "Greased Lightening 150," shattered his own track record and sat on the pole for the second time. He completed the race in third position. "Homestead holds so many memories for me as a driver just starting out my career," said Studer. "To go there in a Busch car and be successful would be incredible. Right now, my main goal is to make Homestead and get as much seat time as possible. "I've tested at Greenville Pickens Speedway and we attempted to make Memphis, so I've been able to get some laps in a Busch car already. My biggest challenges right now will be adjusting to Goodyear tires, because we used Hoosier tires on the All-Pro Series, and learning how to get comfortable and find the right setups." Miami-Homestead Speedway seems to fit Studer's driving style and he thinks that is what has made him successful there in the past. "We competed on a lot of short tracks in the All-Pro Series and I like competing on them, but get me on a track one mile or over and I really enjoy it. I love the speed and we didn't get exposed to a lot of that competing on the short tracks all the time. But I like running Homestead and I feel really comfortable there." Studer started his racing career at the age of 12, driving go-karts in Lincoln, Neb., and one year later he claimed the track championship at Cornhusker Raceway Park. Studer and his family moved to North Carolina when he was 16 years old and he started competing weekly in late model cars at Concord Motorsports Park. In 1996, he began to compete in a limited schedule on the NASCAR All-Pro Series and then full-time in 1997 and 1998. Studer has plans to make the jump to the NASCAR Busch Series in 2000 running a limited schedule.