After starting in 14th position, Jimmie Johnson and the ALLTEL Racing team finished sixth in Saturday's Miami 300, tying his best finish of the 2000 season. The finish preserved Johnson's 10th-place position in the NASCAR Busch Series point standings. With four cautions within the first 38 laps, the Miami 300 looked like it would belong and messy. The first two caution flags came out on laps two and 13, and the ALLTEL Monte Carlo stayed on the track for both. Johnson made his first pit stop on lap 31 under a third caution flag, taking on four tires and fuel. The race went back to green on lap 32, but the caution flag came out again six laps later.
After a second pit stop under the green flag on lap 95, Johnson returned to the track with four new tires and fuel. After a final stop on lap 127, Johnson raced the final 70 laps battling Winston Cup veterans and Busch Series standouts for track position. "I am really excited about our finish today. The ALLTEL crew worked really hard to give me a good car and great pit stops, and it showed," Johnson said. "We stayed in the top 10 in 2000 driver points and I am really excited about that. We had a great season and I am proud to be a part of the Herzog Motorsports team."