Martinsville II: Chase Miller preview

MILLER SET FOR FIRST SHORT TRACK START OF THE SEASON AT MARTINSVILLE Notes and Quotes Chase Miller will be making his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Martinsville on Saturday. Miller has a pole and third place finish at ...

MILLER SET FOR FIRST SHORT TRACK START OF THE SEASON AT MARTINSVILLE

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Chase Miller will be making his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Martinsville on Saturday. Miller has a pole and third place finish at Martinsville in an Allison Legacy Car.

The Kroger 200 will mark Miller's 4th NCTS career start. In his previous three races Miller has an average starting position of 14th and a finishing position of 23rd.

Miller will pilot BHR Chassis "Rocket" in the 21st race of the 2006 season.

Crew Chief Marcus Richmond has one Martinsville win to his credit. In 2005 the 26-year-old North Carolina native called the shots for former BHR driver Timothy Peters' win in the Bailey's 300.

On Wednesday, Oct. 18 Miller is scheduled to play in the Craftsman Motorsports Golf Tournament in Danville, Georgia.

Miller on heading to Martinsville: "I have a little bit of experience at Martinsville. I ran an Allison Legacy Car there four years ago, but I know the truck will be a totally different ball game. Both my crew chief and Bobby Hamilton Jr.'s crew chief (Danny Gill) have a lot of experience at Martinsville along with a lot of success. I have been talked to both of them about this weekend. I know track position is extremely important and it is possible to never pass a truck the entire day. I think that makes pit stops extremely important. If I can gain some positions on pit road that makes my job a lot easier on the race track. The biggest thing for me is going to be being patient all 200 laps. If you can keep your fenders clean a majority of the race chances are your going to finish in the toward the front. That is definitely our goal."

Bet You Didn't Know ...

Miller made the move from motorcycles to go-karts in 1997. In just three years he racked up a World Karting Championship and a second place championship points finish, three track championships in Georgia and over 100 kart wins across the United States.

Marcus Richmond on the differences of a short track truck: "It is amazing to look at the truck we ran last week at Talladega and the truck we are preparing for Martinsville. What a difference a week makes! One of the biggest differences about a short track truck is the brakes. Last week we ran around a two piston brake and this week we are running a six piston brake. The brakes are under a lot of stress at Martinsville because of the flat corners and we add extra fans to the truck to keep them cool. If they get hot then they will quit working and that can cause some major problems for Chase. At most of the tracks we visit we run inner-liners in the Goodyear Wranglers, but Martinsville we do not. It makes them a lot lighter for the tire carriers to carry over the wall and perfect pit stops are a must to a solid finish."

-credit: bhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton Jr. , Timothy Peters , Chase Miller