Texas: Joey Miller preview

MILLER RETURNS TO TEXAS EXPECTING SOLID RESULTS FORT WORTH, Texas (June 7, 2006) -- This Friday, Joey Miller competes in the Sam's Town 400 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Texas Motor Speedway for the second time in his ...

MILLER RETURNS TO TEXAS EXPECTING SOLID RESULTS

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 7, 2006) -- This Friday, Joey Miller competes in the Sam's Town 400 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Texas Motor Speedway for the second time in his career. The 21-year-old travels to the 'Lone Star State' looking to rebound from a 32nd-place finish in the most recent race at Dover International Speedway.

"We tried to get a handle on the No. 12 Curb Records Toyota Tundra at Dover and then we had a flat tire," Miller stated. "We were disappointed with the finish especially after a top-five finish at Mansfield. We're going to regroup and head into Texas with a good attitude. Texas is pretty cool and it's a track that I have experience at."

Miller piloted the No. 12 Toyota Tundra five times for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports last year. Texas was one of five race tracks where the Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender gained experience.

"I'm glad that I was able to race at Texas last year," Miller said, who finished 25th in the 147-lap event last November. "I kind of know what to expect going into this weekend. I learned a lot about the track and I know how unique it is. Being a rookie is not easy, but it's easier when you actually have been to the track before."

Miller's crew chief, Johnny Allen, agrees with the Minnesota native.

"Experience is huge and that's something Joey has to gain," Allen said. "Most of these tracks we're going to, he's never been to. We came off a fifth-place finish at Mansfield, where he had raced before in another series. Then we went on to Dover, which is not an easy track. It was the first time he had ever been there. We didn't perform the way we wanted to. We finished in the rear, but luckily we didn't take a big hit in the points. We're moving on to Texas and putting Dover behind us. We're taking a brand new truck. We've had some pretty good runs with new trucks. The No. 12 Curb Records Toyota Tundra we carried to Atlanta ran well this year, which was a new one. The one we took to Daytona was brand new too and we ran decent. Because Joey's been to Texas before and we're taking a new truck, we have high hopes."

Live coverage of the Sam's Town 400 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Serieson Friday, June 9 begins at 9:15 p.m. Eastern on SPEED Channel and MRN Radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Joey Miller