MILLER DELIVERS TOP-15 FINISH IN NCTS DEBUT AT LAS VEGAS LAS VEGAS, Nev. (9/25/05) -- Joey Miller overcame an early race accident to finish 15th in his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night. "We...
MILLER DELIVERS TOP-15 FINISH IN NCTS DEBUT AT LAS VEGAS
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (9/25/05) -- Joey Miller overcame an early race accident to finish 15th in his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night.
"We knew we had a pretty good truck, but we had to take it easy for a few laps to feel everything out," said Miller. "If we could've avoided being involved in an accident early on, we would've finished even better."
While trying to avoid an accident ahead of him, Miller's No. 12 Toyota Tundra was struck from behind on Lap 2.
"Two laps into the race some trucks in front of us checked up and someone got us from behind," said Miller. "There was nothing we could do."
Miller entered his pit box as the 146-lap event was red flagged for clean up. Back under caution, the team made major repairs to the left side of his truck and then changed left side tires. After exiting pit road, Miller came back in on the next lap for right side tires.J "The guys worked really hard to repair the damage to the truck," said Miller. "We tried to play catch up from there."
As NASCAR restarted the event, Miller was in 34th-place one lap down. After pitting for four tires at Lap 60,the Lakeville (Minn.) nativewas 24th. Miller's next pit stop occurred at Lap 113 for tires. 23 laps later, Miller drove his way into the top-15.
"We had a good motor, a good truck and everything was just good," said Miller. "We were able to pass a lot of trucks."
Holding off series regular Chad Chaffin, Miller crossed the finish line with an impressive 15th-place finish. Not only was it Miller's first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series attempt, but it was also his first time racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
"I had a lot of fun and I was happy to be a part of the team," said Miller. "We would've had a top-five or top-10 finish if we hadn't been got caught up in that early accident. I want to thank Darrell and all of Darrell Waltrip Motorsports for letting me be a part of this organization. It's a top-notch team."
This weekend Miller prepares for ARCA's season finale at Talladega Superspeedway. Leading into the event, Miller is second in the points standings with four wins (Berlin Raceway, Gateway International Raceway, Nashville Superspeedway and Salem Speedway), six pole awards, 12 top-fives and 17 top-10s in 22 starts.
"I'm looking forward to going to Talladega this weekend," said Miller. "Hopefully we can go there and end the season with a top-three finish or a win."
The ARCA RE/MAX Food World 300 (300 miles/113 laps) at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, October 1st begins at 1:05 p.m. Central.