HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 2, 1998) - Don't accuse Joe Nemechek of looking ahead to the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup race at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex when he returns for the Nov. 13-15 Jiffy Lube Miami 300. The Lakeland, Fla., ...
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 2, 1998) - Don't accuse Joe Nemechek of looking ahead to the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup race at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex when he returns for the Nov. 13-15 Jiffy Lube Miami 300. The Lakeland, Fla., native will be racing for the victory in the 1998 NASCAR Busch Series finale.
"It's a big race, and it means a lot to me to come down to Homestead and do well," said Nemechek, who will drive his own No. 87 BellSouth Mobility Chevrolet in the 300-mile event. "We'll definitely be back. We've got to defend our win from last year. It's a big weekend for me and my family."
Nemechek dominated last year's event, leading three times for 128 of the 200 laps. He paced the final 59 circuits, holding off '97 Busch Series champion Randy LaJoie by four-tenths of a second in the sprint to the checkered flag.
A veteran of Florida short track competition, Nemechek won the Busch Series championship in 1992. He joined the Winston Cup division full time in 1994, earning the nickname "Front-Row Joe" for his qualifying prowess. He has seven career Busch Series victories, including two this year, the season-opening NAPA 300 at Daytona and at Talladega, Ala.
Nemechek raced in all three prior runnings of the Jiffy Lube Miami 300. He won the pole for inaugural event in 1995, finishing seventh in a race in which he needed relief from Derrike Cope while battling pneumonia. Nemechek finished fourth in the 1996 event, and returned last year to qualify third and going on to win.
The popular driver will have the opportunity to drive the No. 42 Felix Sabates BellSouth Chevrolet in the 1999 debut of the Winston Cup Series at the state-of-the-art complex, the Nov. 12-14 Jiffy Lube Miami 400.
"I'm real excited about having another Winston Cup race in my home state," Nemechek stated. "Homestead is a track I really run well at, and who knows, maybe I can pull off a win down there. I've run a lot of tracks around here, both racing and testing, and the racetrack's getting better and better."
But thoughts of winning the Winston Cup race at Homestead will have to wait until December. Joe Nemechek opened up the 1998 season by winning the Busch Season opener in his home state, and he'd like nothing better than to close the campaign by winning the finale at Homestead.
A limited number of grandstand seats are still available for the race weekend, which includes the NASCAR Slim Jim All-Pro Series and Goody's Dash Series. Advance ticket buyers are also eligible to reserve tickets for Homestead's inaugural Winston Cup race, the 1999 Jiffy Lube Miami 400. For additional information or to place credit card orders, call (305) 230-RACE (7223).