BUSCH: Memphis: Joey Miller preview

MILLER MAKES NASCAR BUSCH SERIES DEBUT IN NO. 99 AARON'S DREAM MACHINE AT MEMPHIS MOTORSPORTS PARK MEMPHIS, Tenn. (October 24, 2006) -- This week Joey Miller will make his NASCAR Busch Series debut in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Michael ...

MILLER MAKES NASCAR BUSCH SERIES DEBUT IN NO. 99 AARON'S DREAM MACHINE AT MEMPHIS MOTORSPORTS PARK

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (October 24, 2006) -- This week Joey Miller will make his NASCAR Busch Series debut in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Michael Waltrip Racing entry at Memphis Motorsports Park.

"Starting my first Busch race with the Michael Waltrip Racing team is a great opportunity," Miller said. "The team finished second a couple weeks ago at Lowe's (Motor Speedway) with Michael. They've been doing really well."

This may be Miller's first time in a NASCAR Busch Series entry, but the Minnesota native has had some experience at the .75-mile tri-oval.

"I raced a Toyota truck in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race earlier this season for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports," Miller said. "It wasn't the finish (20th-place) we had hoped for, but I was able to gain some experience there."

Yesterday, Miller tested the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine at Caraway Speedway.

"The test gave us a chance to get used to each other," Miller stated. "It also helped us learn how to communicate with one another."

Miller's strong suit has normally been short tracks. The 21-year-old won races at short tracks in the ARCA RE/MAX Series last year and his best finish in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck was a top-five finish at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway earlier this season.

"My best short track finish in a truck is fifth," Miller said. "I have always run well at short tracks. We should be good this weekend."

Before racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and having the chance to make his NASCAR Busch Series debut, Miller had much success driving the No. 9 Country Joe Racing entry in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. The five-time winner recorded four wins (Berlin Raceway, Gateway International Raceway, Nashville Superspeedway and Salem Speedway), 12 top-fives and 17 top-10s in 23 ARCA RE/MAX starts last season. Miller finished second in the points standings won the most poles (six), led the most laps (1,002 in 15 races) and clinched the 2005 ARCA RE/MAX Rookie of the Year title.

"I had a lot of fun racing in that Series," Miller stated. "My first-ever ARCA race at Nashville (Superspeedway) in 2004, I won. Now, I'm looking forward to my first Busch race."

-credit: Michael Waltrip Racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Michael Waltrip , Joey Miller
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing