Kentucky: Chase Miller preview

Chase Miller Returns to Familiar Grounds at Kentucky Speedway STATESVILLE, NC -- Chase Miller had this weekend's Kentucky Speedway race circled on his calendar for the past year. In 2007, the developmental driver for Gillett Evernham ...

Chase Miller Returns to Familiar Grounds at Kentucky Speedway

STATESVILLE, NC -- Chase Miller had this weekend's Kentucky Speedway race circled on his calendar for the past year.

In 2007, the developmental driver for Gillett Evernham Motorsports started on the outside pole in just his second career NASCAR Nationwide Series start. That very impressive beginning was backed up with an 18th-place finish.

Fast forward one year later and Miller and the No. 9 Bumper to Bumper Dodge team already come to Kentucky with a top-10 finish to their credit. That achievement occurred at Darlington Raceway in May; which was his first start at the track "too tough to tame." Last week in Nashville, the team fell one spot shy of another top-10 with an 11th place finish.

Miller will be making his 12th career start in hopes of adding to his quickly-growing column of accomplishments. And, he and the team would like to improve one position in qualifying and a lot more in race results this time at Kentucky.

Chase Miller:

On returning to Kentucky: "I've been looking forward to racing Kentucky all year. After how we qualified second last year, I want to come back and do one better this time. I just remember being so shocked we did that, in just my second start, and how excited everyone on the team got that day."

Talk about what you've accomplished so far this year: "The best part is we were able to add some races to my schedule for this year. As someone doing it part time right now, all you can ask for is more opportunities. Ray (Evernham) and everyone at Gillett Evernham have been great in doing that, too. Finishing eighth at Darlington was just incredible. I had never been to the track before and only seen it on television and know it can be a real bear to tackle. Now, that's behind us and I have to keep learning with every lap."

Goals for this weekend: "Well, we didn't get to do what we wanted at Charlotte by finishing the race on the lead lap. But, because it was motor problems, were able to put the car on the hauler in one piece. But, this weekend is a totally different race and there won't be as many Cup regulars in there as usual. I'm looking forward to racing against the Nationwide regulars like last weekend in Nashville to see where we stack up against them in a non-companion race. Kirk (Almquist, Team Director) and the guys do a great job of building and getting these cars ready to race. But, the goals are still the same -- finish on the lead lap and bring the car home in one piece."

Kirk Almquist:

"We are excited about having Chase back in the car again this weekend. He has done a good job for us every time and the team rallies around his excitement. We finished 11th last week at Nashville, which bettered our 14th place from earlier in the year. He has done well at Kentucky before, so we hope to have another solid run this week."

Car Info: Miller will drive GEM #B-23, last used in Charlotte where it ran in the top-15 until motor problems occurred.

Miller at Kentucky: One start; outside pole and 18th place finish.

-credit: gem

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Chase Miller