Title to be settled at Homestead-Miami

Mike Bliss leads Rick Crawford by 32 points; Ted Musgrave by 71 points, MIAMI, FL (11/8/02)-- It's official. At least one of NASCAR's three premier series will have its championship determined in Miami next week when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck...

Mike Bliss leads Rick Crawford by 32 points; Ted Musgrave by 71 points,

MIAMI, FL (11/8/02)-- It's official. At least one of NASCAR's three premier series will have its championship determined in Miami next week when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Winston Cup Series invade Homestead-Miami Speedway, November 14-17, at the first-ever Ford Championship Weekend.

On Friday at Phoenix International Raceway, Rick Crawford of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finished third in the Chevy Silverado 150, while series leader Mike Bliss struggled to a tenth place finish. Crawford's run enabled him to unofficially slice Bliss's lead from 68 points to 32, while Ted Musgrave, who sits third in the series standings, also crept closer to Bliss. Musgrave gained 36 points on Bliss to put him only 71 points back of the title, setting up a dramatic three-way shootout for the championship in next Friday's Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

This year's points battle is officially the third closest in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series history with one race to go. The closest points battle in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series history was in 1998 when Ron Hornaday held a 13-point lead over Jack Sprague with one race remaining.

Tony Stewart and Mark Martin are locked in a tight battle for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship, while Greg Biffle and Jason Keller are the only two contenders left for the NASCAR Busch Series title. The penultimate races for those two series take place later this weekend in Phoenix before drivers hit the track starting Thursday, November 14 in Miami.

Tickets still remain for Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway by calling 305-230-RACE or by visiting www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Tony Stewart , Jason Keller , Greg Biffle , Ted Musgrave , Jack Sprague , Rick Crawford , Mike Bliss , Mark Martin