BUSCH: Homestead-Miami test report

Mark Martin fast during test session at Homestead-Miami Speedway.   MIAMI, FL (10/29/02) -- A group of NASCAR Winston Cup and NASCAR Busch Series drivers, including NASCAR Winston Cup title contender Mark Martin, tested at Homestead-Miami...

Mark Martin fast during test session at Homestead-Miami Speedway.   MIAMI, FL (10/29/02) -- A group of NASCAR Winston Cup and NASCAR Busch Series drivers, including NASCAR Winston Cup title contender Mark Martin, tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Tuesday in preparation for the first-ever Ford Championship Weekend, November 14-17.    According to Homestead-Miami Speedway timing and scoring, leading the way with the fastest lap was Joe Nemechek, followed by Mark Martin and Elliott Sadler.    Also completing laps on the 1.5-mile oval were the following NASCAR Winston Cup (NWC) and NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) drivers:   Driver, Car#/Series, Fastest Lap Time/Speed
Joe Nemechek, No. 25 NWC, 36.60/147.541
Mark Martin, No. 6 NWC, 36.71/147.099
Elliott Sadler, No. 21 NWC, 36.96/146.104
Bobby Hamilton, Jr., No. 25 NBS, 37.07/145.670
Scott Wimmer, No. 23 NBS, 37.12/145.474
Kyle Petty, No. 45 NWC, 37.23/145.044
Kenny Wallace, No. 23 NWC, 37.32/144.699
Hank Parker, Jr., No. 36 NBS, 37.32/144.695
Jamie McMurray, No. 40 NWC, 37.34/144.617
Dale Jarrett, No. 88 NWC, 37.37/144.500
Randy LaJoie, No.7 NBS, 37.64/143.464
Geoffrey Bodine, No. 09 NWC, 39.06/138.249     "We saved a test for here in Miami," Martin said.  "We also think that testing here benefits us for the race in Phoenix.  We're running pretty well here and we're faster than most but have some more to gain.  We got a lot done this morning and still have a day and a half to go."   Although veteran Dale Jarrett is out of the championship hunt, he still is looking to find a way to put his No. 88 UPS Ford in victory lane for the season-finale Ford 400.    "Handling is the key at this racetrack," Jarrett said.  "Finding it is hard.  The corners are flat and you have to carry your momentum through the center of the corner and onto the straight-aways.  It's not an easy track by any means."    Kyle Petty also has a set of goals for the Ford Championship Weekend and predicts race fans will see plenty of good racing in the season finale.    "We're not running for a championship out there, but we have a good chance to finish in the top-20 in points and that's very important to us.  There will be a lot of good, hard racing here in a few weeks."   NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series testing continues at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Wednesday, October 30.  Testing is free to the public.   Tickets remain available for the first-ever Ford Championship Weekend.  To purchase tickets or for more information, please call (305) 230-RACE or log on homesteadmiamispeedway.com  

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Dale Jarrett , Geoffrey Bodine , Kyle Petty , Joe Nemechek , Kenny Wallace , Jamie McMurray , Scott Wimmer , Elliott Sadler , Mark Martin