MILLER FIGHTS CARBURETOR TROUBLE TO FINISH 29TH IN WATKINS GLEN NEXTEL CUP CLASH WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 14, 2005) -- Johnny Miller fought carburetor problems to finish 29th, on the lead lap, in Sunday's Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen...
MILLER FIGHTS CARBURETOR TROUBLE TO FINISH 29TH IN WATKINS GLEN NEXTEL CUP CLASH
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 14, 2005) -- Johnny Miller fought carburetor problems to finish 29th, on the lead lap, in Sunday's Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Watkins Glen International. In the process, Miller, driving the No. 92 Oak Glove Co. Chevrolet Monte Carlo, handed fledgling team Front Row Motorsports its best Nextel Cup finish.
Miller said lack of track time due to rain during the weekend hampered the team's efforts to get the car prepared for Sunday's race.
"The carburetor malfunctioned, causing the engine to flood and essentially shut off on every restart," said Miller, who ran as high as third during the event, which ended in a green-white-checkered finish. "The problem also surfaced on pit road, so it made for an interesting day. On the long runs, we were turning lap times within the top 15 cars in the race, but on the restarts, we'd fall back 10 or more positions, so we had to keep fighting our way up from the back of the field."
"We are happy with our finish, especially considering that this deal only came together a week ago" added Miller. "We beat some pretty heady competitors today, and we ran a few guys down. Overall, we're pleased with the effort."
Miller credited his team's dedication during the difficult weekend.
"The crew worked so hard to get this car on the grid," said Miller. "This is a small crew, so they all have to do double duty. They should be proud of their efforts this weekend. I'd also like to thank Paul Menard's DEI crew, who did a great job, handling our pit stops during the race."
Johnny Miller, from Johnson City, Tenn., was one of NASCAR's "hired guns," competing in two NASCAR Nextel Cup races for Morgan-McClure Motorsports in 2003. He finished 24th on the lead lap in his NASCAR debut at Infineon Raceway and ran as high as fourth at Watkins Glen before a mechanical failure relegated him to a 36th-place finish. Most recently, Miller has been developing Daytona Prototype and GT cars in Grand-Am competition, and is also working as a development driver for several international tire manufacturers. Miller finished second in the 2003 Trans-Am Series Championship, after earning a Trans-Am victory, two poles and scoring eight podium finishes in 10 starts. Miller won the 1996 Trans-Am Rookie of the Year award, and was voted BBS Most Improved Driver by his fellow competitors in 1998. He was the 1984 Chrysler-Dodge National Collegiate Driving champion and has had more than 100 career victories, numerous poles, podiums and track records in several race series, including Trans-Am, Grand-Am, IMSA, ALMS, GT-America and SCCA.