Martinsville: Joey Miller preview

MILLER, READY TO MASTER DEMANDS OF MARTINSVILLE MARTINSVILLE, Va. (March 29, 2006) -- Joey Miller mastered short tracks last year in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with wins at both Berlin Raceway and Salem Speedway as well as a runner-up finish at ...

MILLER, READY TO MASTER DEMANDS OF MARTINSVILLE

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (March 29, 2006) -- Joey Miller mastered short tracks last year in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with wins at both Berlin Raceway and Salem Speedway as well as a runner-up finish at Lanier National Speedway. This weekend Miller competes at his first short-track on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule in his No. 12 Curb Records Toyota Tundra during the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway.

"This will be my first time racing at Martinsville," said Miller. "I'm glad it's the next race on our schedule because I really enjoy racing short tracks. In ARCA last season, we had some strong runs at short tracks and we won a couple times. Out of the five races I ran for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports last year, none of them were short tracks. The week after I made my first start at Las Vegas, DW (Darrell Waltrip) raced the truck at Martinsville. I got back in at Atlanta."

In three starts this year, Miller's best finish is 13th at California Speedway. With disappointing finishes at Daytona International Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway, the 21-year-old has received advice from his team owner.

"DW's been giving me a lot of advice and every now and then he'll throw in an 'I told you so'," said Miller, who is currently 27th in the points standings. "I'm a rookie and I'm learning each and every day. I've never raced at Martinsville, but I'm fortunate to have people to rely on like my team, David (Reutimann) and also DW, who has 11 Cup wins there."

Waltrip knows Miller's potential, but also recognizes he's still a rookie.

"Joey's a rookie," said Waltrip. "He's learning and growing every week. So far, he's had a tough start to this season, but I'm confidentJoey andthe guys will be able to turn things around at Martinsville this week."

Reutimann, who was the 2004 Raybestos Rookie of the Year, knows some of the challenges Miller faces as a rookie at a track that demands more from the driver. "Being a rookie in general is tough," said Reutimann. "Then having to take on Martinsville is even tougher. Martinsville is a track that will eat up veterans and rookies alike.Martinsville is one of the toughest tracks on our schedule.

"Joey will be fine," continued Reutimann. "He's got a great crew chief (Johnny Allen) and team behind him. He'll get some more races under him and he'll be up front every week like we all know he's capable of doing. He's just got to put the bad races behind him and move on to the next. It was hard for me to do.You can't let a bad race affect what could be your next good race. I know firsthand how hard it isto be a rookie in a division as tough as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series."

-dwm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Joey Miller