BUSCH: Craven hopes to 'complete the deal' at Homestead

Once again, the ...

Once again, the #19 Yellow/Pameco team feels their chances are pretty good for a strong run at Homestead. "Since both Phoenix and Homestead are fast, flat tracks, we'll use the same drop-snout car we used at Phoenix," stated crew chief, George Church. "We've got to make sure this car can turn very well. Homestead is unique because the turns are so wide and sweeping that you really don't let off the throttle much at all. The car is turning while at the same time, accelerating. "I feel like I've got some good set-up notes from my past experiences at Homestead. I came with Rick Crawford in the Truck Series last year, starting 18th and finishing eighth and then again with Jimmy Spencer in the Busch Series, where we started sixth and finished 3rd. It would be great to finish this season on a high note."

After a solid first round starting position for last weekend's Busch race, plus an 11th-place start and 18th-place finish in the Winston Cup race, it's apparent driver, Ricky Craven can hold his own on flat tracks. "I have to contribute that comfort zone to my years of competition in Busch North," Craven explained. "Most of those tracks are flat and fast and I like them. Last year was my first run at Homestead and although it's a pretty unique track, I felt like I adapted to it pretty quickly. We were pleased to be the fastest car during second-round qualifying.

These are the kind of tracks where you need to rely heavily on your driver to have the finesse to get through the turns without losing the strength you showed on the straightaway. We had potential to do well last weekend, and it was disappointing to the entire team not to finish the race. In Homestead, we need to complete the deal and match a strong start with a good finish."

Back in 1996 for the Busch Series' first visit to Homestead-Miami Speedway the checkered flag went to David Ridling's driver, Kevin LePage. LePage started 10th and remained ahead of Bobby LaBonte and Mark Martin to capture his first Series' victory.

Look for something new on the track at Homestead during the "Miami 300." PJ Jones will be driving the #1 Yellow Exact Express Chevy Monte Carlo owned by Phoenix Racing.

The "Miami 300" will be broadcast live on NBC and MRN on Saturday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m. eastern.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jimmy Spencer , Ricky Craven , Rick Crawford , Mark Martin
Teams Phoenix Racing