RUSTY SETS FAST TIME IN MIAMI TESTING MIAMI â€“ Rusty Wallace raised the unofficial Homestead-Miami Speedway NASCAR Winston Cup record Wednesday in testing for the Nov. 11-14 Pennzoil 400 presented by Kmart. Wallace ran a lap of 153.54 mph ...
RUSTY SETS FAST TIME IN MIAMI TESTING
MIAMI – Rusty Wallace raised the unofficial Homestead-Miami Speedway NASCAR Winston Cup record Wednesday in testing for the Nov. 11-14 Pennzoil 400 presented by Kmart.
Wallace ran a lap of 153.54 mph (35.17 seconds) in the Miller Lite Ford, bettering David Green’s day-old mark of 153.366 mph.
"We practiced our qualifying runs this morning, and then worked on our race setup and long runs," explained Wallace, the 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup champion. "I think it will take a lap of 34.80 (155.17 mph) to win the pole."
Other NASCAR Winston Cup drivers to test in the incident-free session were Bobby Labonte, John Andretti, Bill Elliott, Ricky Craven, Stacy Compton and Bob Strait. Gus Wasson and Hank Walker Jr. also tested NASCAR Busch Series cars in preparation for the Nov. 13 HotWheels.com 300 at Miami.
Even though he came out second quickest, Green was smiling after completing his two-day session in the Tyler Jet Motorsports 10-10-345 Pontiac.
"We hope to be very happy when we return to race," explained Green. "Today we worked on a lot of race setups, but got in another qualifying run or two and backed up what we did yesterday. We’re happy. We figured out which car we want to bring back, and I’m as excited as heck. I think we’ve got a shot at the top 10. I know there are a lot of heavy hitters not here testing, and everyone will step up a little bit when we come back. It probably will take a 34.90 (154.72 mph) to win the pole."
Green will be doing double duty when he returns, piloting the new Hispanic Racing Team entry in the HotWheels.com 300 at Miami.
"That’s a new team, and we’re real excited about our chances," Green said. "We can put what we learned here the past two days to use on the HRT Busch car, and we had a great run here last year (third place) in the Stanley Pontiac. To represent the new HRT team, which is based in this area, kind of makes me the crowd favorite and hometown boy, so that’s good for me."
A limited number of grandstand seats are still available for the Pennzoil 400 presented by Kmart and the HotWheels.com 300 at Miami. Two-event packages start at $75. Also on sale are reserved recreational vehicle locations. To place credit card ticket orders, call (305) 230-RACE.