Miller Set for 2005 Debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway WELCOME, N.C. (March 15) -- Brandon Miller has had four months to reflect and prepare for the 2005 NASCAR Busch Series season. This Saturday's Aaron's 312 event marks Miller's debut in the...
Miller Set for 2005 Debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway
WELCOME, N.C. (March 15) -- Brandon Miller has had four months to reflect and prepare for the 2005 NASCAR Busch Series season. This Saturday's Aaron's 312 event marks Miller's debut in the REESE'S Chevrolet. Miller's first start in the Busch Series was last year at Kansas Speedway, where Miller qualified 17th and finished 16th.
"I'm honored to drive for Richard Childress Racing and represent a company like Hershey's," Miller said. "I've been to every race this year and have taken some mental notes on how Harvick runs at each track. I believe splitting this year with Harvick really gives me an advantage over some of the other young drivers in the league. It gives me a veteran that I can turn to, but it also gives me the experience that I need to become successful in the near future."
Miller, a native of San Diego, will jump into the REESE'S Chevrolet this weekend to protect the team's 80-point lead in the NASCAR Busch Series Owners' Standings. This marks the third consecutive year that Harvick has handed over the driving gloves while leading the standings.
"This has been our plan since the beginning of the year," Harvick said. "I mean yeah, sometimes it is hard to hand the car over to someone else when you are leading the points, but we have to stick to our plan. Our plan isn't to win the NASCAR Busch Series Drivers' Championship, it's to win the Owners' Championship. The plan is also to give a young driver a chance to get some experience and help build drivers for the future of RCR."
Points of Interest...
TESTING... Brandon Miller tested the REESE'S Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway March 7-8. Miller had one of the fastest cars on the track and spent some valuable time at the wheel.
THE CAR... The REESE'S Racing team will take chassis No. 050, a new chassis, to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend.
START TIME... Saturday's Aaron's 312 is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET. TV coverage of the Aaron's 312 on FX begins at 2:30 p.m. ET with live radio coverage beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on PRN affiliates and on XM Satellite Radio channel 144. Remember, times and dates of the race may change. Check the local listings.
Brandon Miller on Atlanta Motor Speedway
What are you thinking now that your 2005 season is about to begin?
"I am a little nervous, but also really excited. I have been waiting for this day for a long time. I really can't believe that I get an opportunity to drive a car that leads the 2005 NASCAR Busch Series points. Driving great equipment and having a great sponsor is a driver's dream come true. Most rookies do not get the opportunity that I have, so I plan to take every advantage of this great opportunity."
How was your test in Atlanta?
"We had a really good test in Atlanta. We tested two different cars. The first day we tested an older car, and it seemed to run pretty good. The second day we tested a new car and ran great. I also got a lot of much-needed seat time and feel that I am ready for the Aaron's 312 this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway"
The REESE'S Chevy is leading the 2005 NASCAR Busch Series standings. What is running through your mind?
"I am a little nervous, but the points race really isn't my focus. I am really focusing on keeping the No. 21 REESE'S Chevrolet out of trouble and finishing every race. I feel if both of these things happen, then the REESE'S Chevrolet will be at the top of the charts."
Crew Chief Rick Viers on Atlanta Motor Speedway
What are your expectations for Brandon Miller during the 2005 season?
"I have no doubt in my mind that Brandon Miller will contribute some really good runs to the REESE'S Racing team this year. I believe that he will come away with some top-10 finishes and a handful of top-fives. I also know that Miller has the talent to come away with a couple of wins. With the talent that we have in Harvick and Miller, we really have the ability to compete for the championship."
How do you feel the test in Atlanta went?
"The test in Atlanta went really well. The first day we brought out an older car, and Miller felt really comfortable on the track with it. The second day we decided to bring out a new car, and it seemed to run really good right off the truck. We did a 30-lap run at the end of the test, and we were faster than most of the cars testing with us. I think this really says a lot for Brandon Miller."