BUSCH: Homestead Testing Update

PARK, SAID JOIN HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY TESTING HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Oct. 20, 1999) -- NASCAR Winston Cup regular Steve Park teamed up with a new NASCAR Busch Series team, while former Craftsman Truck Series regular Boris Said tested a Winston Cup...

PARK, SAID JOIN HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY TESTING

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Oct. 20, 1999) -- NASCAR Winston Cup regular Steve Park teamed up with a new NASCAR Busch Series team, while former Craftsman Truck Series regular Boris Said tested a Winston Cup car as testing continued Wednesday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Said plans to run a Ford fielded by Irvan-Simo Racing in the November 14 Pennzoil 400 presented by Kmart. Park joined Ron Hornaday and Steve Grissom in testing for the Nov. 13 HotWheels.com 300 at Miami, the 1999 NASCAR Busch Series finale.

Park drives the Dale Earnhardt-owned Pennzoil Chevrolet in Winston Cup competition. He plans to do double-duty in Miami, and will also drive a Chevrolet owned by Ted Marsh.

"This team has been around for awhile, driving in the NASCAR Busch North Series and some Busch Series racing," explained Park, a former Busch North competitor. "This test gives us the opportunity to work together the first time, and get things shaken out for our race in November. I'm looking forward to getting back into the Busch Series for the first time since 1997.

"The Pennzoil car is running good, the team is really coming together, and we're looking for pretty big things," Park added. "We're going to a few tracks we can run good at, and Homestead is one of them. We're pretty excited about racing here for the first time in a Winston Cup car."

For Hornaday and Grissom, it was their second day testing Busch Series cars owned by a pair of Winston Cup drivers.

"This is the most comfortable car I've ever driven -- it's like sitting on my couch!" exclaimed Hornaday, who will drive in Miami for Dale Earnhardt in preparation for a full Busch Series schedule in 2000. While he's adjusting to a new series, he'll be running with virtually the same team which took him to two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championships.

Grissom concluded his first test in the Rayovac Ford, which is co-owned by Winston Cup Series points leader Dale Jarrett and Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre.

Said, a veteran road racer, will be looking to make his oval track debut in the Winston Cup Series.

"We're real pleased with the car, and the test went very well," Said explained. "We've made the car faster and faster. We've made small changes with the springs and shocks after every run, and we've had more speed after every run."

Tickets are still available for the Pennzoil 400 presented by Kmart and the HotWheels.com 300 at Miami by calling (305) 230-RACE. For additional information, visit the official Homestead-Miami Speedway web site, www.racemiami.com.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Jarrett , Steve Park , Boris Said , Ron Hornaday Jr.