MILLER PLANS TO MAKE HIS BEST EFFORT TO TURN SEASON AROUND AT MANSFIELD MANSFIELD, Ohio (May 24, 2006) -- Looking to top his best finish of the season at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway, Joey Miller recalls his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series...
MILLER PLANS TO MAKE HIS BEST EFFORT TO TURN SEASON AROUND AT MANSFIELD
MANSFIELD, Ohio (May 24, 2006) -- Looking to top his best finish of the season at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway, Joey Miller recalls his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series short track experience in April.
"We ran good at Martinsville, but we're aiming for better results at Mansfield," said Miller. "We ran as high as third and finished just outside the top-15 at Martinsville. Our best finish this season is 13th and it's our goal to top that this weekend." JThe Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender has limited experience at the .44-mile oval.
"I have raced there before, but that was during 2003 in ASA," said Miller. "I'm not sure where I finished. That's about all the experience I have there. Some experience is better than no experience."
The Darrell Waltrip Motorsports team is bringing a truck with a long line of history.
"We're taking the same truck to Mansfield that we ran at Martinsville, so I know we'll have a good piece there," said Miller. "It's the same chassis Robert (Huffman) ran at Martinsville, Mansfield, Milwaukee and Memphis last year. Ken Schrader also ran it at Michigan."
Miller's short track skills in the ARCA RE/MAX Series have been impressive with wins at both Berlin Raceway and Salem Speedway last season. Also, Miller posted a runner-up finish at Lanier National Speedway. Now, the Minnesota native looks to transfer his short track success to one of the toughest NASCAR divisions.
"This is a totally different ball game over here and I realize that," said Miller. "We're trying our best to get things turned around. I'm glad we're going to a short track because that's where I seem to do well."
Miller's season has not gone as he has expected, but according to his team owner it's not because of lack of effort.
"I see Joey's potential," said Waltrip. "Like I've said before, he's still a rookie and he's learning. He's a great kid. David Reutimann was in the same boat a couple years ago and look at what he's accomplished and how he has matured. We've got a great group of people that Bobby Kennedy has in place at Darrell Waltrip Motorsports and I'm confident they can get things moving in the right direction. We were all able to have lunch this week together and it just reminded me of how good of a group we have. I wish them well this weekend in Mansfield."
Live coverage of the City of Mansfield 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, May 27th live on SPEED Channel and MRN Radio.