USAR: Milwaukee: Travis Miller race report

TRAVIS MILLER, PETE KNIGHT RACING CHEVY HAVE "POSITIVE RACE" AT MILWAUKEE Second Race In Two Years For Young Driver Results In 24th-Place Finish In USAR Hooters Pro Cup Combo Event West Allis, WI (May 31, 2008) -- On the surface, a 24th-place ...

TRAVIS MILLER, PETE KNIGHT RACING CHEVY HAVE "POSITIVE RACE" AT MILWAUKEE
Second Race In Two Years For Young Driver Results In 24th-Place Finish In USAR Hooters Pro Cup Combo Event

West Allis, WI (May 31, 2008) -- On the surface, a 24th-place finish in the Sears Auto Center 150 USAR Hooters Pro Cup race at The Milwaukee Mile might not seem like something to get too excited about. For Travis Miller and his Pete Knight Racing team, however, the effort got high marks.

"It was a very positive race for us," said Miller. "We didn't tear anything up and we put the car back on the trailer. You have to remember this was only my second race in two years and on the biggest track I've ever race on. I definitely learned a lot. Plus, it was great to see my teammate (Mark McFarland) go to Victory Lane. We worked really well together and we used some of their notes on our car. It was awesome to see them win."

"I thought Travis did really well this weekend," said McFarland. "That's especially true because he had never been to Milwaukee or on a track that big. Once they got his car fixed, he ran great. He was passing people and posting really good lap times. I think he had a good time. I just wish he had a better car in the beginning of the race so he wouldn't have gotten that lap down. He would have had a much better finish."

Miller, a 20-year old Chesapeake, VA native, started 21st in the 40-car field at Milwaukee, the first of two USAR Hooters Pro Cup North-South Division combination races this season. With his No. 81n Pete Knight Racing Chevy not handling well at the drop of the green flag, the young driver got a lap down early before pitting for service just past the halfway point of the race.

"As soon as we put on four fresh tires, the car definitely came alive," said Miller. "We were passing on the outside. The car was golden. I followed Benny Gordon (the 11th-place finisher) quite a bit and I could go anywhere he could go. We raced side-by-side quite a lot too. We had a good car, we just were never able to get back on the lead lap."

Miller proved to be fast enough in the late going to pick up several spots in the final running order. At the finish, he was the first car one-lap down to the winner McFarland.

"We raced up from 38th to 24th in the last third of the race,' said Miller. "Our car was too tight at the start of the race and we dropped to the back pretty quickly and got lapped. Once we came in to pit, that all changed, We had a really fast car. It just took off. If we would have had the car as good at the beginning of the race as at was the second half, we would have had a Top-15 and maybe even a Top-10 finish.

The solid effort has Miller looking forward to his next outing -- a 250-lap USAR Hooters Pro Cup North Division event at Mansfield (OH) Motorsports Park on Saturday, June 14.

"We've gone to these first two races with pretty conservative chassis set ups," said Miller. "Again, Milwaukee was just my second race in two years and on the biggest track I've ever been on. It was actually pretty easy once we got the car right. I think we'll be building on that and going to Mansfield with a little more aggressive chassis set up."

-credit: pkr

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