BUSCH: Atlanta: Brandon Miller preview

WELCOME, N.C. (March. 15) -- REESE'S Racing driver Brandon Miller will make his 2005 NASCAR Busch Series debut in the Aaron's 312 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Miller, 23, comes to the REESE'S team from the NASCAR Grand National Division, West ...

WELCOME, N.C. (March. 15) -- REESE'S Racing driver Brandon Miller will make his 2005 NASCAR Busch Series debut in the Aaron's 312 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Miller, 23, comes to the REESE'S team from the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series.

"I think Brandon has the talent to be a NASCAR Champion one day," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing (RCR). "Teaming him up with Kevin Harvick will give him the opportunity to learn from a champion while they compete together for the Busch Series owners' title. We think we have been successful in the way we have set up the REESE'S program, winning the (owners') championship in 2003 and being able to move Clint Bowyer into the No. 2 car this year. Brandon and Clint give us two strong young drivers to build for the future."

Miller, a native of San Diego, caught the eye of Bobby Hutchens, RCR's vice president of competition, in 2003 when he qualified sixth and finished eighth in his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut at Mesa Marin Speedway (Bakersfield, Calif.) in an entry fielded by Kevin Harvick Inc.

"I'm honored to drive for RCR and represent a company like Hershey," Miller said. "I'm just looking forward to learning as much as possible from Kevin Harvick and crew chief Rick Viers. For my first year, it is probably better to run a half season and share the car with Harvick, as opposed to jumping into a car for a full season. I don't think being in the car only half the season is going to hurt me at all. I'm looking forward to a good year."

Miller started racing go-karts at age 12. He began his career on a high note by winning the Junior Shift Kart Association Grand National Championship. Miller won that title two more times in his go-kart career.

In 1998 Miller won the U.S. Grand Nationals in karting while competing in the entire European Circuit in Belgium, France, Italy, Japan and Australia. Miller was named San Diego's "Amateur Athlete of the Month" and was inducted into the Hall of Champions in San Diego.

Miller began racing Super Late Model stock cars at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in 1999. He was named Irwindale's "Most Promising Driver" in just his first year at the track. Miller claimed four feature wins and 12 top-five finishes the following season at Irwindale.

Miller won the Super Late Model Championship in 2002 at Mesa Marin Speedway. He claimed six victories and seven pole positions en route to the title. He also won Mesa Marin's prestigious October Classic and a $10,000 bonus for winning the Coors Lite Challenge.

In 2003 Miller began concentrating on working his way into NASCAR's top circuits. He competed in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series, and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Miller made four starts in the West Series and claimed two top-10 finishes. In addition to his eighth-place finish in his first truck race, he made three other starts and earned two more top-20 finishes.

In 2004 Childress tested Miller's ability by entering him in the NASCAR Busch Series Mr. Goodcents 300 at Kansas Speedway. Miller qualified 17th and finished 16th in his NASCAR Busch Series debut with RCR.

Miller begins his quest for the Raybestos Rookie- of-the-Year title and the 2005 Busch Series Owners' Championship on Saturday. The Aaron's 312 begins at approximately 2:30 p.m. EST, and the FX television network will carry the live television broadcast. PRN will produce the live radio broadcast.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Brandon Miller