Miller Hopes to Produce Next Fantastic Finish at Nashville WELCOME, N.C. (March 23) -- Johnny Sauter nearly won at Nashville Superspeedway in 2003 before finishing second. Clint Bowyer crashed while attempting to take the lead on the final lap...
Miller Hopes to Produce Next Fantastic Finish at Nashville
WELCOME, N.C. (March 23) -- Johnny Sauter nearly won at Nashville Superspeedway in 2003 before finishing second. Clint Bowyer crashed while attempting to take the lead on the final lap in 2004 and finished fourth. Brandon Miller fills the seat of the REESE'S Chevrolet in Nashville this season. What type of fantastic finish will he produce?
"I am really excited about going to Nashville this weekend," Miller said. "I really like the track, and it's nice that I have at least seen the track before, so I won't have to spend any time in practice learning it. We can go out there and work on the setup and try putting a good run together this weekend."
The San Diego native has been at the Nashville track before as a backup driver. Miller practiced and qualified Robby Gordon's car in the 21st spot last year. Miller's experience and the amount of success that the REESE'S team has had in the past are the main reasons why the team did not test in Nashville during the off-season.
Sauter missed out on the first win in Nashville for the REESE'S Racing team when David Green passed him on the backstretch of the white flag lap. Bowyer led 104 of 225 laps in 2004. He was battling Kyle Busch for the lead on lap 225 when their cars collided exiting turn two, resulting in a four-car pileup. The caution flag waved and the field was frozen. When the smoke cleared, Bowyer was fourth.
Points of Interest
In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb in Atlanta: Miller began his Atlanta weekend on a high note by qualifying 13th for the Aaron's 312. Miller practiced well and had high expectations for the race. Unfortunately, miscommunication on lap 17 with his spotter caused Miller to check up too early and back the REESE'S Chevrolet into the wall. The damage was extensive and made it very difficult for Miller to drive. Miller finished the Aaron's 312 in the 32nd spot.
Owners' Points: The REESE'S Racing team is currently second in the Busch Series Owners' Standings, 38 points behind Carl Edwards' team.
Start Time: Saturday's Pepsi 300 is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET. TV coverage of the Pepsi 300 on FX begins at 3:30 p.m. ET with live radio coverage beginning at 3 p.m. ET on your local MRN affiliate and on XM Satellite Radio channel 144. Remember, times and dates of the race may change. Check your local listings.
NOTES AND QUOTES:
Brandon Miller on his first Busch Series race: "I was really excited and optimistic after our qualifying effort. I had a miscommunication with my spotter early in the race, and I just checked up an inch too early and backed the REESE'S Chevrolet into the wall. After that the car just had too much damage to be competitive. I was disappointed for sure, and now I just want to get to Nashville."
On Nashville: "I practiced and qualified Robby Gordon's car in Nashville last year. I am pretty familiar with the track and feel pretty comfortable there. I know the REESE'S team will bring me a really fast car. I really think we have a great chance of bringing the REESE'S Chevrolet to Victory Lane."
Crew chief Rick Viers on the rookie's debut: "It didn't go as good as it could've. He had a good weekend overall. It just would've been nice to finish the race. He's a good driver and he'll continue to improve and do well."
* Miller made his Busch Series debut at Kansas in 2004, finishing 16th.
* Miller qualified Robby Gordon's car 21st last year at Nashville Superspeedway.
* Miller began racing go-karts at the age of 12.
* In 1998 Miller won the U.S. Grand Nationals in karting while running the entire European Circuit.