BUSCH: B. Labonte aims for title at Homestead

MIAMI (Nov. 6, 2000) - For the second straight year, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion could be crowned in the Nov. 10-12 Pennzoil 400 weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Bobby Labonte, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac ...

MIAMI (Nov. 6, 2000) - For the second straight year, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion could be crowned in the Nov. 10-12 Pennzoil 400 weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Bobby Labonte, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing, has put himself in position to secure his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship. The Corpus Christi, Texas, native leads second place Dale Earnhardt by 218 points and third place Jeff Burton by 226.

Labonte can clinch the title in the Nov. 12 Pennzoil 400 presented by Discount Auto Parts under these scenarios:

* If Labonte finishes fifth or better at Miami he will clinch the 2000 championship.

* If Labonte finishes sixth or better and leads one lap at Miami he will clinch; as well as if he finishes seventh or better and leads the most laps at Miami.

* If Labonte finishes the Pennzoil 400 with a 185-point lead over both Earnhardt and Burton.

Make no mistake about it though, Earnhardt hasn't given up on catching Labonte. If Labonte encounters bad luck at Miami, that could open the door for Earnhardt, who is seeking a record eighth Winston Cup championship.

Celebrating Winston Cup championships is not foreign to the Labonte family. Terry Labonte, Bobby's older brother, captured Winston Cup championships in 1984 and 1996. A championship by Bobby would make the Labontes the first brothers to both win Winston Cup titles.

"I don't know how we would celebrate, maybe have dinner or something at the house," Bobby Labonte said. "We're pretty tame. We're not too wild and crazy. When Terry won in 1984, I know they had a big party at their place in High Point, N.C., for everybody. It was nothing different than a Christmas party. As far as 1996, I can't recall anything." One driver certain to hoist a championship trophy at Miami is Jeff Green, driver of the No. 10 NesQuik Chevrolet. Green has already clinched the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series championship and will be officially crowned following the season-ending Miami 300 on Saturday (Nov. 11).

Fans can still purchase great seats for both 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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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Burton , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing