BUSCH: Next Season Begins at Homestead for Philip Morris

Morris says next season starts Sunday WAYNESBORO, Va. (Nov. 10, 1998) Philip Morris led seven laps in his first-ever NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division race, a feat Dale Earnhardt Jr. did not even accomplish. Morris' debut in the ...

Morris says next season starts Sunday

WAYNESBORO, Va. (Nov. 10, 1998) Philip Morris led seven laps in his first-ever NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division race, a feat Dale Earnhardt Jr. did not even accomplish.

Morris' debut in the ACDelco 200 at North Carolina Speedway on Oct. 31 was one of the top debut performances in NASCAR Busch Series history. He started 12th, led seven laps and finished fifth in a race that included six NASCAR Winston Cup Series veterans, each of which finished below Morris.

Morris knows that you're only as good as your last race, and his finish in Sunday's Jiffy Lube Miami 300 will be the one he will have to sit with all winter.

"More people will remember my finish in Miami than my finish at Rockingham once the season is done," Morris said. "I have even more to prove this race. I have to prove Rockingham was not a fluke. Whatever momentum I have Sunday will be what I carry with me into next year. I'm here to stay in the Busch Series and I don't intend to be mediocre. Next season starts Sunday."

Blue Ridge Motorsports has been working at a feverish pace preparing the car it will take to the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex. Once again, Morris will race on a track that is new to him. He was able to test at Rockingham, but the weather in South Florida prevented him from testing at Homestead.

"Blue Ridge Motorsports will have the same goals for Homestead as it did for Rockingham," Morris said. "We want to qualify in the top-20 and we want to finish in the top-20. Personally, I want to finish higher than fifth place because anything else would mean I'm moving in the wrong direction.

"It's another chance for me to size up the competition for next year and learn more about NASCAR racing at one of the top levels. I want to learn more about drafting and the radials and what it takes to succeed on this circuit. The Busch Series is extremely competitive and I'm not likely to luck into any top-five finishes."

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Philip Morris