Homestead: Andy Houston preview

MOORESVILLE, NC- (November 11, 2003) -Even though they have made dramatic changes to Homestead-Miami Speedway, Andy Houston says there is just something about the place. Houston captured one of his three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series wins at ...

MOORESVILLE, NC- (November 11, 2003) -Even though they have made dramatic changes to Homestead-Miami Speedway, Andy Houston says there is just something about the place. Houston captured one of his three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series wins at Homestead on February 26, 2000. Once you win at a certain venue that winning feeling seems to stay with you.

"Homestead has been a great racetrack for me in the past," Houston said. "I know that it has changed but you still have that confidence of when you go there knowing that you have won there and you have had some top five finishes. Yesterday in testing we were pretty good. The track has a lot of grip. It kind of reminds me of Kentucky Speedway in some fashion. The line to run has moved up much higher on the racetrack.It is defintely a higher groove than before. Hopefully by the time practice rolls around on Thursday everybody will know what to expect. I feel like we were one of the top five teams in testing."

Houston has remained rock steady since he took the wheel of the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge at California Speedway in September. His consistency has rewarded him with a full time ride with Ultra Motorsports for next season. That is one reason he is looking forward to Homestead. He also wouldn't mind seeing his Ultra Teammate Ted Musgrave capture the 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series title.

"I am really looking forward to Homestead-Miami now that my deal is done for next year and I know I will be in the No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge," Houston said. "I am thrilled that Ted has this chance to win the championship. That is something that Jim Smith has been trying to make happen for so long, ever since he helped get this series started. He has been close so many times. They both deserve it. Ted has done so well over the past few years. He has won a lot of races and come so close that it would be great to see him win a NCTS Championship. I feel like I can help somewhat, lend any info or support that I can. Ted is usually spot on anyway so I don't think they are going struggle that much. I think it is going to be a great race. All the guys battling up there for the championship are with top quality teams. It is going to be a hard fought battle, and Ted is sitting in a good position right now. If there is anything that I can do to lend support to him or the Ultra Motorsports team I am going to do that."

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finale -- The Ford 200 -- is scheduled for Friday November 14th. The Speed Channel and MRN Radio will broadcast the event live nationally at 3:00 pm ET.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Andy Houston , Ted Musgrave , Jim Smith