Homestead: Joey Miller preview

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (November 16, 2005) -- Joey Miller enters Homestead-Miami Speedway for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season finale with one top-10 and two top-15 finishes in four starts. "Joey's done a good job for us," said Darrell ...

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (November 16, 2005) -- Joey Miller enters Homestead-Miami Speedway for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season finale with one top-10 and two top-15 finishes in four starts.

"Joey's done a good job for us," said Darrell Waltrip. "He's stayed out of trouble, recordedrespectable finishes and brought home the No. 12 Toyota Tundra inone piece. I'm pleased with his efforts."

Miller's crew chief agrees with Waltrip.

"He's gotten better," said Johnny Allen. "He's had to learn the trucks, the tracks and we've had to learn how to communicate. That's been our biggest things. We've gotten better at everything. We're looking forward to Homestead. It's another track he's never raced at, but I think we'll be good there. We're constantly trading information with the 17 team and they had a strong finish there last year. We're also taking the same truck we ran at Vegas, Atlanta and Texas because we've made some modifications to it. We were going to take another truck, but we decided not to because of the changes we made to the other truck."

Miller has no experience at Homestead. However, the five-time ARCA RE/MAX Series winner has no reservations about the 1.5-mile oval that's had five first-time truck series winners and no repeat winners in nine events.

"Even though I've never raced at Homestead, I think we can do well," said Miller. "Darrell Waltrip Motorsports' program has always been strong at 1.5-mile tracks. David Reutimann holds the qualifying record there from last year and he went on to finish fourth in that event. The team has good notes to go off of. We expect good results."

In the most recent truck series event, Miller finished 15th at Phoenix International Raceway. This weekend Miller is focused on topping his career-best finish.

"Out of four races, our best finish is tenth," said Miller. "The team's best overall finish this season is sixth. We're aiming to improve that at Homestead."

Miller's had a good year. Before joining Darrell Waltrip Motorsports efforts, Miller recorded four wins, six poles, 12 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes en route to finishing second in ARCA RE/MAX Series points standings. Miller led the most laps (1,002), won the most poles and is being honored as ARCA Rookie of the Year.

"We won some races and had a lot of good finishes," said Miller. "If we hadn't had a couple things happen to us, we would've had a shot at the championship. It was a great year for us. It helped me have an opportunity to try something different and work with Darrell Waltrip Motorsports."

Live race coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 18th begins at 8 p.m. Eastern live on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.

-dwm

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