Finals, Racing & Graduation Make For Busy Week For Chase Miller 18-Year-Old Taking Last Of High School Finals Before Heading To Ohio CANTON, GA (May 19, 2005) -- Most 18-year-old's in Chase Miller's position would be stressed out to the max...
Finals, Racing & Graduation Make For Busy Week For Chase Miller
18-Year-Old Taking Last Of High School Finals Before Heading To Ohio
CANTON, GA (May 19, 2005) -- Most 18-year-old's in Chase Miller's position would be stressed out to the max this week. Miller and the rest of his classmates at Sequoyah High School in Georgia are taking finals. For Chase, they are the last high school finals he will ever take. That can normally put a lot of stress on anyone. But add to that the fact that Miller will also start prepping for graduation, is getting over a case of strep throat and will be competing in his second ARCA Re/Max Series race of the year this weekend at Toledo Speedway in Toledo, OH, and most teenagers would explode; not Chase, though.
"Yeah, this is a pretty busy week for me," said Miller, who will compete in this weekend's Hantz Group 200 with the same #88 Bobby Jones-owned Dodge team that we competed with at Nashville in late March. "I'm so happy to put school behind me. It is such a relief. The best part about it is now I can go racing whenever I want. I don't have to worry about the schooling part anymore.
"I think that knowing I'm done with finals and all I have to worry about now is graduation will make me that much more relaxed and this weekend that much more enjoyable. I've got high school done and I don't have to worry about any school work that I have to get done when I get back. I can go out there and enjoy myself as a 'free man' you could say."
The Toledo event will be Miller's second start in an ARCA car. And with more than 50 cars expected, it will be a tough field. But it is no different from the Nashville Superspeedway event of a couple of months ago, when Miller qualified 14th out of more than 60 cars and ran as high as third for much of the event before running out of fuel. After a green-flag pitstop, he wound up 26th in the final rundown.
In addition, Miller has the racing bug in him and being out of the car since late March will give him a little added "umph" to get the job done.
"I've been excited to get back in the car ever since we ran so well at Nashville. We knew we could compete there, which is what we are looking to do each and every week that we run. I can't wait to get up to Toledo and hopefully run up front. I really feel that we have a good shot at running up there.
"It has been killing me to be out of the car. We've been searching for as much money as we can to run as many races as we can. We want to go out there and run up front in these races that we run. We don't want to go out there and do an okay job. We want to be very competitive and a threat. I'd rather run a couple of races up front than a few more in the back or midway through the field."
The half-mile Toledo Speedway might also allow Miller to look back to his two Hooters Pro Cup races in 2004 and draw on that experience to navigate the tough Ohio track.
"It will be a little bit different on the short track" added Miller. "At least I have some experience in the Hooters Pro Cup cars. They are a heavier, sheet metal car. It will be a little different, though. There is a whole lot of horsepower to get to work on such a short track."
The Hantz Group 200 from Toledo Speedway is set for Sunday afternoon, May 22, and will be televised LIVE on SPEED Channel at 2 pm ET.