Atlanta II: Joey Miller preview

MILLER RETURNS TO NO. 12 TOYOTA TUNDRA AT ATLANTA HAMPTON, Ga. (10/25/05) -- With four races remaining, Joey Miller officially takes over the No. 12 Toyota Tundra at Atlanta Motor Speedway and will finish out the NASCAR Craftsman Truck...

MILLER RETURNS TO NO. 12 TOYOTA TUNDRA AT ATLANTA

HAMPTON, Ga. (10/25/05) -- With four races remaining, Joey Miller officially takes over the No. 12 Toyota Tundra at Atlanta Motor Speedway and will finish out the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports.

"I'm happy to have the opportunity to be a part of this operation," said Miller. "It's a cool deal to be able to finish out the season with the No. 12 Toyota Tundra team. They are a great group of guys and Darrell Waltrip Motorsports is a great organization to be affiliated with. I'm looking forward to my second truck race with them at Atlanta."

The Lakeville (Minn.) native has never raced at Atlanta, but he tested the No. 12 Toyota Tundra there last week.

"We had a really good test," said Miller. "We were fast right away. We've definitely got a top-10 truck. Racing at Atlanta will be a new experience. You can hold it wide open there. After the tires get worn out, you'll have to lift a little bit. I've never raced there before. I've only tested an ASA car there."

     Miller adapted quickly to Atlanta during the test with speeds
competitive to series  regulars.

"Joey was just as quick as Jack Sprague and Johnny Benson all day during the test at Atlanta," said Johnny Allen, crew chief of the No. 12 Toyota Tundra team. "We had David Reutimann there to help us and shake down the truck. It was a really good test for us. Joey had been out of the truck since Vegas, so it was a chance for him to become accustomed to driving the truck again."

The five-time ARCA RE/MAX Series winner recovered from an early race accident to record a 15th-place finish in his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"My first experience in a truck started off pretty rough," said Miller. "I was caught up in a wreck early in the race, but we were able to recover from it. The truck was really awesome. I was able to come up through the pack and finished 15th. If we hadn't been involved in that accident, we would've finished even better."

Before his first truck series start this season, Miller showcased his talent in the ARCA/REMAX Series. Miller's first win occurred in his very first start at Nashville Superspeedway last year. This season Miller's recorded four wins (Berlin Raceway, Gateway International Raceway, Nashville Superspeedway and Salem Speedway), six poles, 12 top-fives and 17 top-10s in 23 ARCA starts en route to finishing second in the series points standings.

"We had a great year in ARCA," said Miller. "I want to be as successful in the Craftsman Truck Series. I've learned you have to drive these trucks so much harder than a car. The air slows down the truck so much. Instead of lifting early and getting on the gas rolling through the corner, you actually have to drive the truck through the corner. You have to make sure you drive in hard and make sure you get on the gas nice and smooth and drive off the corner hard."

Live race coverage of the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, October 29th begins at 3 p.m. Eastern live on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Johnny Benson , Jack Sprague , David Reutimann , Joey Miller