Joey Miller Dominates Gateway for 2nd ARCA Win in Last Three LAKEVILLE, MN (July 30, 2005) -- Young Joey Miller is living on cloud nine. On Saturday afternoon, following the ARCA RE/MAX Series race on Friday night at Gateway ...
Joey Miller Dominates Gateway for 2nd ARCA Win in Last Three
LAKEVILLE, MN (July 30, 2005) -- Young Joey Miller is living on cloud nine. On Saturday afternoon, following the ARCA RE/MAX Series race on Friday night at Gateway International Raceway, the rookie was at a classic car show in his native Minnesota, looking at some of the greatest rides from the past, and letting others admire his ride.
But on Friday night, a lot of people were admiring his other ride; his #9 Country Joe Racing / Hagans Racing Dodge. That's because at Gateway, Miller's ride was the class of the field. In fact, it was in a class all by itself.
Miller led 107 of the race's 120 laps en route to his third-career ARCA RE/MAX Series victory, and his second of the season. In fact, Miller's two wins in 2005 have come in the last three races, and both have come in dominating fashion. Just two weeks ago, Miller led 162 of 202 laps at Berlin Raceway (Marne, MI) to score his first win of the season. On Friday night, his car was just as dominate, if not more so.
"I knew we would have a good car there," said Miller. "I knew when we tested there that we had a good piece. After practice and qualifying, we knew we were going to be fine. We were hoping to get the pole too, but it just didn't work out. We ran the clean race that we needed to run. Nothing went wrong, nothing broke and everything went our way.
"It was nice to finally get a win for that team, for the Hagans Racing team. We had the Country Joe Racing team up at Berlin when we won, so it was nice to have won for both teams so far this year; especially to win the race that way. There is nothing like that. That beats winning a race on the last lap. This was a totally different type of a win when you dominate the race like that. It was fun."
And who know? It might have been three-straight dominating wins had Miller not suffered engine problems last week at Pocono Raceway (PA). Miller won the pole at Pocono and led the first few laps of the race before falling out of the event early with engine problems.
Now, after falling further behind championship point leader Frank Kimmel after Pocono, Miller is crawling his way back into the hunt. He still sits in second, 245 points behind Kimmel.
"It is nice to go from blowing up to having such a dominate car and winning the race," added Miller. "I think we gained like 50 points on Kimmel tonight. It makes you go from 'oh shucks' and wondering if you are out of the championship to knowing that if we keep on doing this, we can probably get the job done.
"I think we need to keep working at it like we have been. If we can get rid of the bad weekends and run like we have the last couple of weeks and have dominating cars, there is no reason why we can't be right there. I'm sure Frank will minimize his trouble, but I think we can still be as close as anyone has been to Frank over the last few years."
Miller and the team will be right back at it next week with the ARCA 200 presented by Hamot & Biomet at the half-mile Lake Erie Speedway in Pennsylvania. The race is set for Saturday, August 5th, at 9 pm.
"Things are just really falling into place with all of us. We are coming to some tracks that I think we can really shine at. Our crew works really well together and I think we can excel at some of these places, especially setup wise.
"I think we've got a good shot at places like Lake Erie and some of the other tracks coming up. We have been running good on all types of tracks and I think we will be able to continue this."