Chase Miller Prepares for ARCA Debut at Nashville 18-Year-Old Doesn't Find Any Fundamental Differences from Short Track Competition CANTON, GA (March 24, 2005) -- There will be plenty of firsts in 18-year-old Chase Miller's racing career...
Chase Miller Prepares for ARCA Debut at Nashville
18-Year-Old Doesn't Find Any Fundamental Differences from Short Track Competition
CANTON, GA (March 24, 2005) -- There will be plenty of firsts in 18-year-old Chase Miller's racing career this weekend when the ARCA Re/Max Series visits the Nashville Superspeedway for Saturday's PFG Lester 150. It's going to be Miller's ARCA debut, it will be his first start on a speedway and it will be the first time in his career when he'll be competing in a live nationally televised race.
But Miller isn't intimidated by any of that. It's not because he's fearless or he doesn't appreciate the importance of the race. Instead, it's because he's been able to break down the fundamentals of the event and determine that when all is said and done, it's still just another start and what has made him successful on the short tracks should still apply.
"Even though the track's bigger and the car is heavier, it's still the same basics," said Miller. "You have to do well entering the corner, in the center of the corner and get going upon exit. You get it free so that you feel comfortable getting into the corner and getting out and you'll be fast. That is all the same no matter what size track it is."
Miller is still excited about the event; he's just not letting himself by overwhelmed by it. He's got a little bit of a head start as well after testing there last week.
"It was really a neat experience, getting on a speedway for the first time," said Miller. "It's pretty cool. In the test session, we were pretty quick. We are all real excited going to this track. The car was set up great and it drove great. We are all ready to go and have a good run. I think that we'll get a good finish."
One thing that is an advantage for Miller is the instant chemistry that he has with car owner Bobby Jones. The relationship translated into a fast car at the test.
"The car handled extremely well," said Miller. "Bobby Jones had it set up very well. It drove like a Cadillac around there and that helped out a whole lot. It was awesome. Bobby and I communicate real well. I told him what the car needed and he was able to fix it right away for me."
So getting used to the car wasn't a major adjustment for Miller.
"I'd say it was more of an adjustment getting used to the track," Miller said.
And that wasn't much of an adjustment for the young driver either.
"It wasn't a big difference between Nashville and a short track," said Miller. "It was mostly getting used to the speed and going that fast for the first time. After that, it was no big deal. It's just like racing on the short tracks."
Just like on a short track, where enduring to the finish is the first step to a strong end result, survival will be the key to a good finish at Nashville.
"My goal is to keep my nose clean and stay out of trouble," said Miller. "Hopefully, we'll have a top five finish."
The Nashville ARCA event will take place on Saturday, March 26th. It will be televised LIVE on the Speed Channel at 1:30pm ET.