BOBBY LABONTE SETS FAST TIME IN OPENING PRACTICE FOR PENNZOIL 400 HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 11, 1999) -- Bobby Labonte set the fastest time in Thursday's opening practice session for the inaugural Pennzoil 400 presented by Kmart, the first official...
BOBBY LABONTE SETS FAST TIME IN OPENING PRACTICE FOR PENNZOIL 400
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 11, 1999) -- Bobby Labonte set the fastest time in Thursday's opening practice session for the inaugural Pennzoil 400 presented by Kmart, the first official appearance of NASCAR Winston Cup cars at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Labonte turned a lap of 154.145 mph in the #18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac to top the time charts in preparation for Sunday's race, the penultimate round on the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule.
"I felt we ran really well out there today," said Labonte, the only driver in contention to take the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup championship from Dale Jarrett. "We made changes all day long because a lot more rubber was out there from when we tested a few weeks ago. But I still haven't been side-by-side with anyone yet. We'll see how things go later in the weekend."
The Winston Cup stars will vie for the official Homestead-Miami Speedway record Friday in Bud Pole Qualifying at 3:30 p.m.
Friday's action also features practice and qualifying for Saturday's HotWheels.com 300 at Miami, the season finale for the NASCAR Busch Series. Practice for the Busch Series opens at 9 a.m., with qualifying to fill the 43-car field beginning at 2:10 p.m.
Ward Burton was second fastest with a lap of 153.592 mph. He was followed by John Andretti, Rick Mast, Rusty Wallace, Geoffrey Bodine and Jeff Burton. Dale Jarrett, who can clinch the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup champion with an eighth place finish, was 10th fastest.
Tickets for Friday's qualifying cost $10, and are available at the gate. A limited number of tickets are also available for the Pennzoil 400 presented by Kmart and the HotWheels.com 300 at Miami, with two-event packages starting at $75. For additional information, visit the Speedway's official web site, www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.