Miller & Carhartt Racing Team Positive About Performance Even With 21st Place Finish Early pit stop keeps driver from top-ten result in final race of year PETERBOROUGH, ON (September 18, 2005) --- Marc Miller and his Carhartt Racing ...
Miller & Carhartt Racing Team Positive About Performance Even With 21st Place Finish
Early pit stop keeps driver from top-ten result in final race of year
PETERBOROUGH, ON (September 18, 2005) --- Marc Miller and his Carhartt Racing #8 Dodge began their final race of 2005 with a desire to finish off the season on a positive note. Miller was happy with the car in practice and qualified the Carhartt Dodge in 19th of the 29-car field. Considering the team has always focused on a long greenflag run strategy, Miller and team were confident with how their race day would go. Once again, Miller moved up several positions on the opening laps and was poised for a strong top-ten result before having to pit to repair broken wheel studs early in the event, putting the driver down 18-laps. Miller rejoined the race and showed what could have been by passing several cars and running among the leaders for the remainder of the race. He would finish 21st, 19-laps down.
"We never qualify well with this car, but we know what it can do on long runs," said Miller. "It was definitely unfortunate that we had a mechanical so early, but after the race I had several fans let us know that our car and team looked great and was definitely among the top 7 or 8 out there most of the day. That is definitely encouraging and something to build on heading into the off-season."
Miller routinely ran in the top ten most of the day as far as track position, though several laps down due to the lengthy pit stop.
"I really want to thank Carhartt and all of our sponsors this season," Miller said. "We did well in a part-time program with little to no testing and competed with the best. We had some good luck and some bad luck, but I was happy with how my guys worked this season. I will never be truly happy until we compete for wins, but I know that we are capable of that."
The Carhartt Racing team looks forward to planning a stronger program for the 2006 season.
"Right now it is a waiting game," said Miller. "We hope we can improve on our program enough to run the entire schedule, with a new oval car. The added experience and updated equipment should give us a good shot at running for top-5 in the series and that is the goal."