Phoenix: Joey Miller preview

PHOENIX, Ariz. (11/9/05) -- Joey Miller arrived on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series scene earning his first top-10 finish in only his second career start. This week Miller and the No. 12 Toyota Tundra team enter Phoenix International Raceway...

PHOENIX, Ariz. (11/9/05) -- Joey Miller arrived on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series scene earning his first top-10 finish in only his second career start. This week Miller and the No. 12 Toyota Tundra team enter Phoenix International Raceway looking to rebound from a 25th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway last Friday.

"Every week you can't have a perfect race," said Miller. "We had a couple of issues and I think everybody really learned a lot from the race at Texas. For instance, we had a spark plug break and the guys worked through it. We learned how to work through different issues. Sometimes even when you don't wreck, you can still have other things go wrong. I think it was a good learning experience for me and everybody on the team."

Miller has not made any laps in the No. 12 Toyota Tundra at Phoenix, but has experience at the flat one-mile oval.

"I've ran at Phoenix about three or four times and I've got a couple poles in the NASCAR Touring Series," said Miller. "I've had a lot of good runs, but I've never been quite able to win there. It's a good track for me and I know how to get around it. Hopefully, we can capitalize at Phoenix."

Miller's Phoenix truck has history. Between Mike Wallace and David Reutimann the truck has one pole, two top-fives and five top-10s.

"Last season, David had a fourth and sixth-place finish with the same truck and also a pole," said Miller. "This year Reutimann finished fifth at Dover and tenth at Texas with the truck. Wallace drove it to a sixth-place finish at Richmond earlier this year. It's a proven truck no matter what number is on the door."

With two races remaining, Miller hopes to become a first time truck series winner to add to his collection of five career ARCA RE/MAX Series wins.

"We've had pretty decent runs so far," said Miller. "We had a top-15 finish at Las Vegas and a top-10 finish at Atlanta. I'm looking forward to going to a shorter track with a truck more than anything. I've always liked short tracks. I can't wait to see what we can do as a team at Phoenix."

Live race coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, November 11th begins at 8 p.m. Eastern live on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace , David Reutimann , Joey Miller