SIXTY-THREE CARS ENTERED IN JIFFY LUBE MIAMI 300 HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 6, 1998) - Sixty-three cars, including rides for 10 NASCAR Winston Cup Series regulars - are entered in the Nov. 13-15 Jiffy Lube Miami 300 at the Miami-Dade Homestead ...
SIXTY-THREE CARS ENTERED IN JIFFY LUBE MIAMI 300
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 6, 1998) - Sixty-three cars, including rides for 10 NASCAR Winston Cup Series regulars - are entered in the Nov. 13-15 Jiffy Lube Miami 300 at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex, the final event of NASCAR's 50th anniversary season.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth will be looking to decide the NASCAR Busch Series championship. Both drivers are currently completing their first full season in the Grand National division, and plan to continue racing in the series in 1999.
Other top series regulars expected for the 300-mile event - 200 laps on the 1.5-mile oval - include two-time defending series champion Randy LaJoie, defending Homestead pole winner Mike McLaughlin, Todd Bodine, Buckshot Jones, Hermie and Elliott Sadler, Phil Parsons, Bobby Hillin, Robert Pressley and Jeff Purvis.
They will be challenged by an impressive list of Winston Cup regulars. Joe Nemechek returns as the defending winner of the Jiffy Lube Miami 300, and will be joined by Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Jimmy Spencer, Ken Schrader, Dick Trickle, Johnny Benson, Kevin Lepage, Morgan Shepherd and Rich Bickle from NASCAR's premier division.
The field also includes several stars from other forms of motorsports. Tony Stewart was the first driver to sweep USAC's three open-wheel divisions (silver crown, midgets and sprints) in one season, and won the 1997 Indy Racing League title. Dave Blaney is a former World of Outlaws champion and winner of the Amoco Knoxville Nationals. Kevin Schwantz was the 1995 motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion. Mike Garvey was a former rookie of the year and champion of NASCAR's Slim Jim All-Pro Series. Jeff Fuller was a star in NASCAR's Featherlite Modified Tour, while '98 rookie points leader Andy Santerre, John Preston and Joe Bessey were winners in the Busch North Tour.
Adding to the competition are a number of NASCAR's "next generation" stars. Adam Petty, grandson of seven-time Winston Cup Richard Petty, is entered, along with two sons of NASCAR's other seven-time champ, Kerry Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Barry Bodine (son of 1986 Daytona 500 winner Geoff Bodine), Bobby Hamilton Jr., and Hank Parker Jr. (son of the BassMasters champion) are also entered.
The weekend also includes action for two other NASCAR divisions. The Slim Jim All-Pro Series will compete in the Greased Lightning 150 Saturday at 1:15 p.m., while the Pennzoil 50 for the Goody's Dash Series will follow the Jiffy Lube Miami 300.
Practice for all three divisions begins Friday, Nov. 13, at 9 a.m. Bud Pole qualifying to determine the top 25 starting positions for the Jiffy Lube Miami 300 will be held at 2:30 p.m., with final qualifying Saturday at noon. The fourth annual Jiffy Lube Miami 300 will take the green flag at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
A limited number of grandstand seats are still available for the race weekend. Advance ticket buyers are also eligible to reserve tickets for Homestead's inaugural Winston Cup race, the 1999 Jiffy Lube Miami 400. For additional information or to place credit card orders, call (305) 230-RACE (7223).