BUSCH: Drivers test new surface at HMS

MIAMI, FL (October 28, 2003) - You would think that a driver who won at a Speedway might not be in favor of it being torn up and re-configured into a completely new racetrack. Not so with NASCAR Winston Cup driver Scott Wimmer, who won the Ford...

MIAMI, FL (October 28, 2003) - You would think that a driver who won at a Speedway might not be in favor of it being torn up and re-configured into a completely new racetrack. Not so with NASCAR Winston Cup driver Scott Wimmer, who won the Ford 300 NASCAR Busch Series race last November at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Wimmer and fellow NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers Johnny Benson and Dave Blaney were at the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway today in a Goodyear Tire Test, becoming the first drivers to test on the track's new surface featuring 20-degree, variable banking.

"I think it's a big improvement," said Wimmer of the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway. "It's a lot different. I've already driven a couple of different lines out there and there are a couple of different ways around the track. The high side seems real good and so does the middle groove. I'm excited about coming back. The more rubber we get down and the more time we get on the track, it will have a lot of grooves and should be really good for racing."

Benson and Blaney agreed with Wimmer's assessment of the new track.

"I'm really impressed with it, although it still doesn't have any rubber on it since we're the first ones here," said Benson. "This place will become really fast and I'm sure you'll see two-wide racing."

"I think we all like it," said Blaney. "I can't really compare it to any other track since it kind of has its own personality. Right now, it's got more of a middle groove than I thought it would. I thought we'd be running predominately on the bottom, but we really aren't. So far, it looks great. It's a cool track. It'll be a great show for the fans and that's what matters."

The drivers will continue the Goodyear tire test tomorrow before the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Winston Cup Series return for their respective series finales during Ford Championship Weekend November 13-16 at Homestead Miami Speedway.

Open practice for all drivers begins Monday, November 10 with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, followed by the NASCAR Busch Series on Tuesday, November 11 and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series on Wednesday, November 12.

Tickets still remain for Ford Championship Weekend, the season-finales for the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series, Thursday, November 13 - Sunday, November 16 at the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway by calling 305-230-RACE or 1-800-PIT-SHOP, logging on www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com , or visiting TicketMaster.

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Johnny Benson , Dave Blaney