Joey Miller Going ARCA & NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Racing CJR Teammate Kevin Cywinski Will Help Oversee The Transition LAKEVILLE, MN (July 9, 2004) - Country Joe Racing announced today that 19-year-old Joey Miller will compete in selected...
Joey Miller Going ARCA & NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Racing
CJR Teammate Kevin Cywinski Will Help Oversee The Transition
LAKEVILLE, MN (July 9, 2004) - Country Joe Racing announced today that 19-year-old Joey Miller will compete in selected ARCA and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races to round out the 2004 season with the Country Joe Racing team. Miller had been a Rookie of the Year candidate in the American Speed Association, but with the recent "restructuring" of the remainder of the ASA season, the team has decided to take the up-and-coming young racer in a different direction.
"With the changes that ASA made, mainly in television coverage and with the cancellation of some of the races, we needed to continue Joey's program, which is to offer him the most visible races on some of the best tracks around the country," said Dick Melius, General Manager for Country Joe Racing.
"Our plans were to place him in some NASCAR Craftsman Truck races anyway later this year, which was above and beyond his ASA schedule. Now we are going to seek a ride for him in both ARCA and the Truck series. That will give him the visibility that he needs and the chance to race on some of the tracks that he needs to run on."
Miller's Country Joe Racing teammate, Kevin Cywinski, who will continue defending his ASA championship of one year ago, will oversee Miller's ARCA and Truck future.
"Joey has got the talent that we feel will take him a long way in the racing world," said Cywinski, a former Truck series regular, who currently sits second in the ASA points after six races. "With some of the knowledge and contacts that I have, it will help him reach the goals that he has for himself.
"We are going be with him at the ARCA or Truck series races to give him a leaning post so he has a little bit of comfort when at these tracks. Working with him over the last three years, we know what he is feeling in certain situations. The communication between us has been good over the years. It will help bridge the gap of what he is going to have to work with and learn."
Miller may still compete in a couple of ASA events near the end of the season. He has competed in ASA part-time during the past three seasons and has three career top-10 finishes in ASA. Miller has also run part-time with the NASCAR Midwest, Southeast and Southwest Series', as well as the Sunoco Super Series (Midwest-based Super Late Model series).
"We are still looking into what, if any, ASA races Joey will run later in the year. But it will be no more than two so that he may retain his rookie status in ASA for future years should we decide that is what we want to do down the line," said Melius.
There is no set plans as to what races Joey will compete in for either ARCA or the Craftsman Truck Series. That announcement can be expected in the near future.
"Our plan was to do the ARCA and Truck deal in-house, but we are probably going to work with some existing teams and do it outside our shops because of the time factor."
The #15 team Miller has been piloting in ASA may not sit idle for long. Country Joe Racing plans to make the team available (turn-key) to those who may want to partner with CJR in order to compete in ASA.
Country Joe Racing, with Kevin Cywinski and rookie Joey Miller, is Minnesota's #1 professional racing organization.