Joey Miller Fights From Behind Again For Another Top-Three Finish LAKEVILLE, MN (July 11, 2005) -- With a smile on his face after Friday night's ARCA race at Kentucky Speedway, Joey Miller said that he's looking forward to a race where he can...
Joey Miller Fights From Behind Again For Another Top-Three Finish
LAKEVILLE, MN (July 11, 2005) -- With a smile on his face after Friday night's ARCA race at Kentucky Speedway, Joey Miller said that he's looking forward to a race where he can run third-place all day long and, even if he doesn't win, not have to fight from a lap down to get that finish.
That's because on Friday night, for the second week in a row and the "umpteenth" time during his brief ARCA career, Miller had to fight from a lap down during the event to secure his eventual third-place finish in the running of the Channel 5 150. For Miller, it was his 11th top-10 finish of the year in 12 races.
"It was another one of those weekends that you'd rather not happen," said Miller. "It was looking bad at one point in the race. It was looking really bad. We were running third pretty much all night long; then, things went bad when we had to come in and pit under green. We got our lap back, came back, and with about 10 laps to go, we started back about 10th and passed all of the guys up to third-place; then, we just ran out of time getting back to the front."
"It was just the kind of night with lots of highs and lows. Luckily, at the end, it was a high and we finished third."
"Every time we pitted, we changed the car. At the end, we were pretty good. I don't know if we were capable of winning, but we would have been in contention if we had a few more laps to go. We had a top-three car for sure and that is where we ended up. We gained some points on Kimmel and lost some points on Blount, but all-in-all, it wasn't too much of a negative day."
"You know what I'm looking forward to, though? A race where, even if I don't win, I can just go out and run third all day long and not go a lap down," joked Miller.
Miller started third and ran there much of the night, moving up to second for a good portion of the event. However, a long green-flag run forced Miller and several other of the top teams to have to pit under green, putting them a lap down to the leaders. Thankfully, some timely caution flags allowed Miller to get back on the lead lap and eventually back up to third before the race was over.
"The last two races have surprised me," added Miller. "There have been some good, long green-flag runs, which you normally don't see in this series."
With his third-place finish, Miller moved slightly closer to the points lead. He now trails Frank Kimmel by just 170 points.
Next up for Miller is another short track; the legendary Berlin Raceway in Marne, MI. In ARCA's last short track race (at Lanier National Speedway in Georgia), Miller dominated the race, but came home second after getting bumped out of the way on the last lap.
"I think we'll have a good car for Berlin," said Miller. "We haven't been there (in a race) and you are always not too sure about the places that you haven't been to yet. Even though we tested there, you are always a little unsure about some of those short tracks. I think we'll have a car capable of winning. I don't think we'll dominate like we did at Lanier, but I'm looking forward to that race and some of the other short tracks, like Gateway. I've been there once before, so I'm looking forward to that."
"The next few races should be a good time and hopefully we can gain some points on Kimmel and get a win one of these days."
The ARCA RE/MAX Series will race at Berlin Raceway on Saturday, July 16th. The Request/Sara Lee 200 by GFS Marketplace will start at 8:30pm.