MARK MARTIN BETTERS HOMESTEAD RECORD IN TEST FOR HOTWHEELS.COM 300 AT MIAMI MIAMI (Nov. 2, 1999) â€“ Mark Martin, the most successful driver in the history of the NASCAR Busch Series, became the man to beat in the November 13 HotWheels.com 300...
MARK MARTIN BETTERS HOMESTEAD RECORD IN TEST FOR HOTWHEELS.COM 300 AT MIAMI
MIAMI (Nov. 2, 1999) – Mark Martin, the most successful driver in the history of the NASCAR Busch Series, became the man to beat in the November 13 HotWheels.com 300 when he bettered the track record in unofficial testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Martin turned a lap of 36.38 seconds – 148.433 mph – in the Winn-Dixie Ford. Casey Atwood holds the official record on the 1.5-mile oval, 36.422 seconds – 148.262 mph – set in qualifying for last year’s event.
"The test went real good, everything went fine," said Martin, who is also set to pilot the Valvoline Ford in the November 14 Pennzoil 400 presented by Kmart, the debut of NASCAR Winston Cup racing in South Florida.
"We’re just dialing the car in," added Martin, who finished third behind Roush Racing teammate Jeff Burton and Jimmy Spencer in last year’s photo finish. "We expect to do well when we come back."
Also testing Busch Series cars were Barry Bodine, Mike Garvey and Jeff Fuller.
"My father (Winston Cup Series regular Geoffrey Bodine) is helping me out with the setups, plus giving me moral support," said Barry Bodine, who turned a lap of 147.541 mph. "Dad’s here to watch his son play, just like a high school football game, and we’re both having a lot of fun."
Geoffrey Bodine pointed out that his son quickly bettered his best time in the car, which will be sponsored by Miccosukee Indian Gaming.
Unofficial testing for the Pennzoil 400 presented by Kmart weekend concludes Wednesday. The first official on-track activities will be NASCAR Winston Cup practice on Thursday, Nov. 11, followed by qualifying for both divisions on Friday, Nov. 12. The HotWheels.com 300 takes the green flag at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, while the Pennzoil 400 is set for a 12:30 p.m. start on Sunday.
A limited number of two-event tickets are still available by calling (305) 230-RACE. For additional information, visit the Speedway’s new official web site, www.homesteadmiamispeedway,com.