USAR: Motor Mile: Travis Miller race report

BAD LUCK DERAILS SOLID RUN FOR TRAVIS MILLER IN JUSAR HOOTERS PRO CUP NORTH EVENT AT MOTOR MILE PETE KNIGHT RACING DRIVER FINISHES 16TH AFTER RUNNING AS HIGH AS THIRD Mooresville, NC (July 13, 2008) -- Bad luck proved to be the big winner for ...

BAD LUCK DERAILS SOLID RUN FOR TRAVIS MILLER IN JUSAR HOOTERS PRO CUP NORTH EVENT AT MOTOR MILE
PETE KNIGHT RACING DRIVER FINISHES 16TH AFTER RUNNING AS HIGH AS THIRD

Mooresville, NC (July 13, 2008) -- Bad luck proved to be the big winner for Travis Miller and his No. 81n Pete Knight Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Saturday's USAR Hooters Pro Cup K-Mart 250 at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA.

"We really didn't have much good luck at all," said Miller after finishing 16th in the USAR Northern Division event. "That's pretty much the way it has been going for us lately. We had a good run going at Salem a couple of weeks ago and got crashed. This week, we had somemechanical problems. We've run good everywhere we've been. We're a top notch team. Everyone in the garage area knows how good we are. Once we get some better luck, I think we're going to finally get some finishes to show for it."

Miller and his Pete Knight Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo were on the lucky side of things in practice as they dialed in their red, white and blue racer for the 250-lap event on the Motor Mile half-mile oval.

"We practiced really well," said Miller. "We made a lot of changes and we did our qualifying run early in the day, so we weren't high on the board after practice. What we were excited about is we were a top-five car in long runs. We were definitely one of the better cars there."

Miller qualified 13th with a time of 16.612 seconds and wasted little time pointing his Monte Carlo toward the front at the drop of the green flag.

"Everybody was about four-tenths slower in qualifying than what they practiced at," said Miller. "I was way too free off the corner to get a good time. We sacrificed a little in qualifying to have a good race set up. We knew we would be good in the race."

The 20-year-old Chesapeake, VA driver proved to be spot on in the early going racing through the field and into contention for the win. That's when mechanical gremlins hit sending him to pit road for repairs.

"We got up to the top five and we ran third for quite a while in the race," Miller stated. "We were still in the top five when I drove into Turn 3 and the car just completely shut off. It had probably cut off about 10 times only to come back on during the race. We had to pit for the electrical problem and we lost a couple of laps in the pits. Even after we returned to the race, we were still one of the fastest cars out there even though we were a couple of laps down."

Miller saw any hopes of a top-10 finish go out the window later in the race when he again unexpectedly pitted under green -- this time for a flat right front tire.

"We definitely had a good car," Miller stated. "We should have finished no worse than sixth or seventh if we don't have any problems. It was disappointing, but I know how good this team is. Shane (crew chief Shane Huffman) and the guys are really working hard to get us good finishes. It's just a matter of time before we break out of this bad luck. We'll be looking to finish a lot better the next time out at Jennerstown."

-credit: pkr

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Series Stock car
Drivers Shane Huffman , Travis Miller