Kyle “Rowdy” Busch posted the fastest lap in Thursday night’s final practice session for Friday’s Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but Busch wasn’t ready to steal the spotlight in the 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season finale.
Busch ran a lap time of 32.288 seconds (167.245 mph) on the variably banked 1.5-mile oval under the lights in the No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts/NOS Toyota, putting himself among the favorites to capture the pole. Qualifying for the Ford 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race will start on Friday at 5 p.m., followed by the green flag at 8 p.m.
“Practice was as good as it’s going to be,” Busch said. “I don’t think the truck’s too bad for tomorrow. I’d love to be able to win the race and not have to mess with their championship. We’ve got the owner’s championship we can try to get too, if they have another bad day.”
Johnny Benson will take a three-point lead over Ron Hornaday into the season finale in the battle for the championship. While Hornaday was 11th fastest (164.664 mph) Thursday in the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet, Benson struggled and was only 20th (162.675 mph). Struggling with handling problems throughout the session, Benson had a sway bar come loose on the No. 23 Exide Toyota, but managed to pit before cutting a tire.
Rookie Scott Speed, driving the No. 22 Red Bull Toyota, ran a lap of 32.525 seconds to post the second-fastest speed in his first visit to Homestead-Miami Speedway. Third was Mike Skinner in the No. 5 Toyota Tundra Toyota (166.006 mph), followed by Erik Darnell in the No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford (166.001 mph) and Kevin Harvick in the No. 2 ACL Chevrolet (165.929 mph).
Great seats are still available for Ford Championship Weekend, Nov. 14-16, on Homestead-Miami Speedway's 1.5-mile oval. The NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series all will crown champions under the lights. To secure individual or group tickets for NASCAR's finale, call (866) 409-RACE or click here.