Editors' Note -- This is the third in a series of releases featuring the thoughts of key NASCAR Winston Cup Series competitors in anticipation of the inaugural Pennzoil 400, Nov. 11-14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mark Martin Hopes to Translate...
Editors' Note -- This is the third in a series of releases featuring the thoughts of key NASCAR Winston Cup Series competitors in anticipation of the inaugural Pennzoil 400, Nov. 11-14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Mark Martin Hopes to Translate Miami Busch Series
Success to Victory in Inaugural Pennzoil 400
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (June 9, 1999) --Mark Martin hasn't missed a lap in four NASCAR Busch Series races at Homestead-Miami Speedway, finishing a solid third in the last three runnings of the Miami 300.
On November 14, the popular Arkansas driver will use this NASCAR Busch Series experience to his advantage when he drives the Valvoline Ford Taurus in the inaugural Pennzoil 400, the debut of NASCAR Winston Cup Series competition in South Florida.
Martin finished fifth in the 1995 Miami 300, the debut event at the 1.5-mile state-of-the-art oval, and is the NASCAR Busch Series leader in career money won at the Speedway with $116,635.
"I'll probably have a little extra advantage since I've run the Busch car at Miami for the past four years," said Martin. "It is a great facility and a great market for NASCAR.
"I've always enjoyed racing in Miami. It's a great time of year to be in Southern Florida. It is a beautiful facility, and it just keeps getting better every year. The constant improvements make it a great track for drivers and fans."
Martin battled Jimmy Spencer for the lead of the 1998 Jiffy Lube Miami 300. He was passed by Roush Racing teammate Jeff Burton in the closing laps of the event, and watched as Burton caught Spencer in the final turn of the final lap, winning by inches.
"It would be great to be the winner of the inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup race at Miami. I was the first winner in Las Vegas last year, and it's a real honor to be the first one."
While Martin pointed that all events -- first time and traditional -- award the same number of NASCAR Winston Cup points -- he feels the Pennzoil 400 could be crucial in the battle for the championship.
"Since the Miami race is near the end of the season, the focus will be on the championship," said Martin, who has finished third in the final point standings three times. "It is very likely that Miami could determine the Winston Cup championship."
The 40-year-old veteran would enjoy nothing better than clinching his first NASCAR Winston Cup championship by winning the inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup event in Miami.
Reserved grandstand seats are now on sale for the Pennzoil 400. For tickets, call (305) 230-7223. For additional information, visit the official Homestead-Miami Speedway web site at www.racemiami.com.