MIAMI (Nov. 3, 2000) -- Jimmy Spencer has his mind set on winning the Nov. 12 Pennzoil 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The driver nicknamed "Mr. Excitement" loves racing at the 1.5-mile South Florida facility and has posted three top-five...
MIAMI (Nov. 3, 2000) -- Jimmy Spencer has his mind set on winning the Nov. 12 Pennzoil 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The driver nicknamed "Mr. Excitement" loves racing at the 1.5-mile South Florida facility and has posted three top-five finishes and four top-10 runs in five Busch Grand National Series starts at Miami.
Spencer, a native of Berwick, Pa., finished 20th in last year's inaugural Pennzoil 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series event and is looking for improvement in this season's second to last Winston Cup race, in addition to racing in the Miami 300.
"You want to win here, but you need to have the attitude that you have to finish in the top 10," Spencer said. "The thing about Miami is it's a flat track and you need to carry corner speed. It's a track you can pass on. It's really wide, no surprises coming off the corners. Pit road is really wide with good pit boxes.
"So there's really no problems per se as an older racetrack. So you can't come up with any excuses and say 'Boy, I really don't like this place.' You can't come up with an excuse that the place has a problem. What you have to do as a driver and crew is get the car handling good here.
"You've got to get through the corners. If you can get the car to handle good through the corners as we saw last year with Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte, you can dictate what's going to happen in this race." Besides liking the facility, Spencer loves the South Florida area. He already is scouting restaurants for his next visit to Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"You're not far away from the Keys," Spencer said. "There's a big fishing area down there and the weather's always so great. Then you've got Miami right down the road and South Beach and all the famous places around here.
"For the next 10 years, you'll never run out of good restaurants to eat at. The fans are attracted here. It's a great market for NASCAR to be in. When you figure out how populated it is down here, the weather, the water, the fishing, the things you can do down here -- it's really a neat place to visit. I like coming down here."
Fans still have an opportunity to purchase great seats for the Nov. 11 Miami 300 and the Nov. 12 Pennzoil 400 by calling (305) 230-RACE, by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, or by ordering online at the official web site, www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com or www.ticketmaster.com
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