Hendrick Joins Busch Series For Season Finale In Homestead
HOMESTEAD, FL. (Nov. 5, 2000) - Ricky Hendrick returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway this week full of confidence as he makes his third career appearance at the 1.5-mile oval for the 2001 NASCAR Busch Series season finale Saturday.
"We are really prepared for this race," said Hendrick, who just completed a full season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. "We raced in the Homestead Busch race last year and got some great experience. We followed that up with a great Truck Series race this year qualifying second and finishing fifth. I am really looking forward to getting back to Homestead. We've had one great run there this year and we think we can have another in the Busch Series race."
Hendrick will try to improve upon his 2000 NBS effort this time around. Last year, the 21-year-old Charlotte, NC native qualified 12th and was running in the Top-10 when an accident relegated the driver of the then No. 14 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Monte Carlo to a 39th-place finish.
This time, a test at the track two weeks ago has Hendrick confident of a much better result.
"We definitely found some things at the test that we can change back at the shop that will make us better when we come back for the race, " said Hendrick. "We will need to use every minute of practice, but we are excited to see what we come up with for the race. We have nothing to lose and hopefully we can get the car dialed in and have a little fun."
"Homestead is a big fast track and I love it," Hendrick continued. "I feel like I have really gotten to know the place and I hope that will help us. Homestead is different than a lot of tracks. It's long and flat with wide turns and no banking. It's truly a unique place, there's nothing like it. Experience really helps and I am looking forward to our third trip there. It's a great track."
Hendrick and his No. 24 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Monte Carlo team will arrive at the track Friday morning for practice and qualifying after celebrating a sixth-place NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finish the night before at the season-ending banquet. The gala event will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami.
"We have had a busy year," said Hendrick. "We ran a full year with the Craftsman Trucks and that kept us so busy that we only got to run a few Busch Series races this season. Both divisions are very competitive and I am really looking forward to another race in the Busch Series. We won't be able to celebrate too much at the banquet, but racing is what I really love and I'll be glad to be back at the track Friday morning."
The green flag will fall on the Miami 300 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Saturday, November 10. The race will be telecast live on NBC and broadcast worldwide on MRN radio.
GMAC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Motors since 1919, is the financial arm of the corporation. Through an original mission to provide wholesale and retail financing to GM dealers and customers and then to offer a variety of automotive insurance services, GMAC had provided $1 trillion to finance 150 million cars and trucks worldwide. Over the last 15 years, GMAC has greatly diversified into today's entity of GMAC Financial Services, with some 29,000 employees facilities in 40 countries. Its offerings include residential and commercial mortgages; real estate and relocation services; special programs for members of the GM Family and GM Supplier community; and commercial financing. For more information on GMAC Financial Services products, go to www.gmacfs.com.