St. Louis: Joey Miller preview

GATEWAY'S A FAMILIAR VENUE FOR MILLER MADISON, Ill. (April 25, 2006) -- Joey Miller looks to deliver his first career top-five finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Gateway International Raceway this ...

GATEWAY'S A FAMILIAR VENUE FOR MILLER

MADISON, Ill. (April 25, 2006) -- Joey Miller looks to deliver his first career top-five finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Gateway International Raceway this weekend.

"Gateway is an awesome track and I'm hoping we do really well there," said Miller. "I've raced at Gateway a couple of times, but this will be my first time racing a truck there."

Miller's experience at the 1.25-mile egg-shaped oval includes an ARCA RE/MAX Series win.

"Last year, I started second to Ken Schrader in the ARCA race, led most of the race and won," said Miller. "I also ran there in the NASCAR Touring Series."

Miller enjoys racing at Gateway because of its unique shape.

"The thing that I like most about Gateway is that it's not the same as any other track," said Miller. "There are two differentcornersand you have to use a lot brake there. You need a good handling truck. I like this track because it's shorter and because you have to factor more of the driver and the setup into it. It's not just about the body and how good of a motor you have."

While the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was on a three-week hiatus, Miller tested at Richmond International Raceway.

"We tested the Curb Records Toyota Tundra at Richmond recently," said Miller. "We learned a few things from the test. Before our truck test, I had the opportunity to make a few laps there in a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series car owned by Michael Waltrip Racing. It was neat to be able to have the chance to do something like that."

The Minnesota native's best finish this season is 13th at California Speedway in four NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts. In the most recent event at Martinsville Speedway, Miller ran in the top-five and finished 16th in his first attempt at the .526-mile short-track oval.

"We had a good run at Martinsville," said Miller. "It was my first time racing there and I really enjoyed it. I think we'll run good at Gateway too."

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Gateway International Raceway takes place on Saturday, April 29th. Live coverage on SPEED Channel and MRN Radio begins at 8 p.m. Eastern.

-jr-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Ken Schrader , Joey Miller
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing