Joey Miller Ready for the "Big Time" in ARCA Debut 19-Year-Old Leads Testing at Nashville Superspeedway LAKEVILLE, MN (August 10, 2004) -- Joey Miller is climbing the ladder of success in Motorsports. His next step comes this weekend when he ...
Joey Miller Ready for the "Big Time" in ARCA Debut
19-Year-Old Leads Testing at Nashville Superspeedway
LAKEVILLE, MN (August 10, 2004) -- Joey Miller is climbing the ladder of success in Motorsports. His next step comes this weekend when he makes his ARCA Re/Max Series debut at Nashville Superspeedway (TN). If early numbers and a good attitude are any indication, his first race should be a good one.
19-year-old Miller recently tested with the #9 Matt Hagans-owned team and the results were very positive. Miller was the fastest driver in the open test at Nashville. He did not find the transition to a new type of car a tough one.
"I got a pretty good feel for things," said Miller, who has competed in ASA, NASCAR Touring and Late Model cars this year. "The car has a lot of power, but it weighs so much that you can't feel or use all of that power.
"It is cool to drive this style of racecar. It's cool to be in what is basically a Nextel Cup car, but it's still just another racecar," said Miller. "It's got four wheels and a motor just like anything else. You've still got to beat the guy racing next to you. If you like racing, you'll have fun in just about anything."
Although this race will be a new experience for Miller, he is used to running 300 and 400 lap events on the ASA National Tour, so getting physically ready for Nashville is not a big deal for Miller.
"I might cut out a few desserts this week, but that's about it," said Miller. "It's going to be a challenge, but I'm not feeling intimidated at all. I think that we'll do pretty well."
Miller has cut back on his schedule of ASA National Series racing and recently made the trip out west for the NASCAR Midwest Series event at Pikes Peak International Raceway (CO). He earned the pole position for that race and finished seventh.
"We definitely had a good car for the first three laps, but it started to go away after that," said Miller. "We had fun and it was nice to win a Bud Pole award, but I think that we might have changed too many things before the race. It would have been nice to have gotten a better finish, but you can't always get everything perfect."
After Nashville, there is plenty more racing in Miller's future.
"We plan on running Chicagoland with the ARCA car," said Miller. "I've got a few other cars that I'll be racing as well. Right now, I'm building a car for the Snowball Derby (at the Pensacola Speedway in December). We built an ASA Late Model and I've been testing that at Elko Speedway (MN). I've changed a lot of shocks and springs around and I'm learning a lot with that car. I got to know a lot of people racing in ASA and sometimes you miss racing with them. That was fun, but you can't stay in the same groove forever."
Action at the Nashville Superspeedway gets underway at 2 pm (Eastern) on Saturday, August 14th. The race can be seen LIVE on SPEED Channel.
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