Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup Race at the newly reconfigured Homestead-Miami Speedway marks the final race for Pontiac in NASCAR, the final race for Winston as the series sponsor and the final race for Johnny Benson in the #10 Valvoline Pontiac.

"You always want to do well, but when you know it will be the last time for everyone together on this team, the last time for Pontiac and the last time for Winston then this race is probably a little extra special," said Benson, who has driven for the #10 team since 2000 when it was known as Tri-Star Motorsports.

"Things change in this sport pretty fast. Everyone is looking to the future now but I think we will always remember the things we have done in the past," he added. "Hey we went from this team being nearly bankrupt in 2000 to winning a race (Rockingham November 2002). All of the credit goes to the crew guys who have worked on this team.

"Winston and Pontiac leaving the sport just proves that nothing ever stays the same. Both have been great for the sport and helped get it to where it is these days. But I'll miss the people with Winston and Pontiac the most. We welcome the new folks coming in, but it's kind of hard to see the others leave."

Although Benson's name has been linked to several full-time Nextel Cup berths for 2004, he has no deal signed yet and a good result in Sunday's Ford 400 would do his chances of staying in NASCAR's top division the power of good.

"They say you are only as good as your last race," said the popular Michigan native. "Well if you win Sunday in Miami you are going to be great all the way into February when we take the green flag at Daytona. Doing well Sunday can make the off season a whole lot of fun."

 

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