MILLER COUNTS ON REBOUNDING AT CALIFORNIA AFTER DISAPPOINTING FINISH LAST WEEK FONTANA, Cali. - (February 20, 2006) -- Joey Miller looks ahead to California Speedway for better results in his No. 12 Curb Records Toyota Tundra after an ...
MILLER COUNTS ON REBOUNDING AT CALIFORNIA AFTER DISAPPOINTING FINISH LAST WEEK
FONTANA, Cali. - (February 20, 2006) -- Joey Miller looks ahead to California Speedway for better results in his No. 12 Curb Records Toyota Tundra after an undesirable finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Daytona International Speedway last Friday.
"I've never raced at California Speedway," said Miller, who finished 33rd in the most recent NCTS event at Daytona. "It will be a whole new experience for me. I'm really looking forward to going to California just because I'm a Minnesota kid that's never really been that far west before. Daytona was a challenge and we're hoping for better luck at California."
A solid effort at Daytona was abruptly ended for Miller when his Toyota was entangled in a wreck not of his own accord. Even though his night was cut short, the 21-year-old learned a few things that he can apply to California and other tracks throughout the season.
"I learned a lot during the race," said Miller. "And, it was awesome running with these guys lap after lap learning about drafting. It was the most fun that I've ever had. I also learned what they really meant when they said in the meetings â^a^Ødon't get too close.' It happened to me. The 99 truck got too close and took the air off the back and the truck spun. We rebounded from that and then there was a wreck in front of us later on and we just got caught up in it. I'm ready to put that race behind me and move on to California."
Miller may not have experience at California, but his Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team does. The team qualified fourth and finished ninth there last season with driver Robert Huffman. They were the only Toyota team to finish in the top-10 at California in 2005.
"My team had a good qualifying effort and solid finish there last year," said Miller. "David (Reutimann) qualified third and also ran pretty decent there too. We expect to run well also."
With four Tundra drivers finishing in the top-five in the season opener at Daytona and his teammate David Reutimann finishing ninth, Miller feels Toyota has a solid shot at their first victory of the season this Friday at California.
"It would be so cool for either one of our teams to get Toyota's first win of the season," said Miller. "The Toyota Tundras were really strong at Daytona and I bet they'll be just as strong at California."
Live coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Racetickets.com 200 on Friday, February 24th begins at 9 p.m. Eastern on SPEED Channel. The 100-lap event will be broadcast by MRN Radio.