Joey Miller Gets First ARCA Victory of 2005 at Tough Berlin Track 20-Year-Old Driver Uses His Head, Not Just His Left Foot, To Dominate LAKEVILLE, MN (July 18, 2005) -- At this point in the ARCA RE/MAX Series season, there has only...
Joey Miller Gets First ARCA Victory of 2005 at Tough Berlin Track
20-Year-Old Driver Uses His Head, Not Just His Left Foot, To Dominate
LAKEVILLE, MN (July 18, 2005) -- At this point in the ARCA RE/MAX Series season, there has only been one race where Joey Miller and the #9 Hagans Racing/Country Joe Homes teams have not ended the day among the top 10 finishers. In that event at Michigan, they led the race before a mechanical failure struck them down. The team has been a model of consistency all season long and it shows with the fact that even as a rookie, Miller is second in the point standings.
What has been missing up until this point though has been a victory. Well, that's not the case anymore. Miller won his first ARCA race of the season this past weekend. It wasn't just any win, Miller dominated the race by leading all but 40 of the event's 202 laps. It wasn't just at any track either. The victory came at the tough Berlin Raceway (MI), a tough bullring where even veterans have trouble and rookies usually get eaten for lunch. It's not a typical track, but 20-year-old Miller isn't a typical rookie either.
"I've always wanted to win at Berlin Raceway," said Miller. "It's a driver's track. A lot of great names have won here and it's really hard to just go out and dominate a race there. It's just not a track where you hit on such a good set-up all the time. Winning here has been such an honor. I really wanted to do it this year. We put our minds to it this year and really wanted to do it and we did."
Miller had always heard stories about Berlin growing up in racing. But he never ventured there as a driver or even a fan until relatively recently.
"I never saw the track until I ran an ASA race there. I ran the ASA car twice there and this was our first time with the ARCA car. After you race there once, you know how tough it is there. It's hard to not overdrive a car there. You really need to run a smart race."
Running a smart race is exactly what Miller did. He didn't get too concerned about battling other cars. That approach worked so well, that he didn't get much of a chance to run with other cars as he paced the field.
"You never try to race [other drivers] there, it's all about racing the track and staying out of trouble. That's what we did and we were leading at the end. The car was really good when we unloaded it. We made a few small changes, but they were both in the right direction and I really liked the car better after we made them. We didn't have to do too much, the car was pretty balanced when we got there."
Next up for the Hagans team is a return to the Pocono Raceway. Joey finished a strong second there in June after seeing the track for the first time ever just before qualifying. Could a second trip to the Northeastern track bring an even better result for Miller and his team?
The ARCA RE/MAX Series will race at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, July 23rd. The Pennsylvania 200 will start at 3:00pm and will be televised live on SPEED Channel.