20-YEAR-OLD HAGANS RACING DRIVER FINISHES THIRD AFTER PACING HIMSELF Kentucky Brings Another Strong Run for Joey Miller LAKEVILLE, MN (May 17, 2005) -- It's been another race and another top ten finish for Joey Miller and his...
20-YEAR-OLD HAGANS RACING DRIVER FINISHES THIRD AFTER PACING HIMSELF
Kentucky Brings Another Strong Run for Joey Miller
LAKEVILLE, MN (May 17, 2005) -- It's been another race and another top ten finish for Joey Miller and his Hagans Racing team. This past weekend, they tackled the Kentucky Speedway and emerged with a third-place finish. That's just the latest good run for the team. The 20-year-old rookie has top 10 finishes in each of his ARCA starts this season. It doesn't matter if Miller has been at Daytona, Nashville, Salem or Kentucky; top finishes have been the result.
Still the racer in Miller wanted just a little bit more from the weekend.
"Anytime you get a top-three, you can't really be disappointed, but I'm a little bit disappointed because we had a second-place car that we finished third with," said Miller. "I had to come from the back in the race because we didn't quite take any chances in qualifying. We were playing catch-up for a lot of the race."
The Hagans Racing #9 Dodge qualified 21st at Kentucky. This result didn't show a lack of competitiveness on the part of Miller or his Hagans team though. Instead, it spoke volumes about the patience that the young driver has already learned in racing.
"The track was kind of scary for qualifying. Eight cars were junked in qualifying and four guys wrecked right before I went. It made you think that maybe you should take it easy, so that's what I did. It's easier to race a car that is straight and not bent in a U-shape.
"I've fixed enough cars in my racing career that I don't want to fix any more. It's like putting your hand on a hot stove. If you've done it once you try not to do it again. I like to think that I can be a little more mature and think of the big picture. I try to think through stuff a little bit more. Hopefully that gives me an advantage."
The rookie is also sounding like a veteran when it comes to his finishes. Miller retains the runner-up position in the ARCA point standings to the guy who has won every title since 1999, Frank Kimmel. The two have been pulling away from the rest of the pack in the points chase already this season and that is helping Miller when it comes to pacing himself in the events.
"Some guys might beat me by a couple of positions, but if I finish third and I'm there for every race and they either win or drop out, it will make a heck of a difference in the long run. That's how we are trying to think this year."
Next up for the Hagans Racing team is a short track. Next weekend's ARCA stop is at Toledo Speedway and the team tested there last week in preparation for the race.
"I'm really excited about going there," said Miller. "I think that we have a really good car for that race and I don't expect anything worse than a top 10 there too. That will be our second short track and I feel really good about going there. I've arced there before and we had a really good test there last week, so I know what to expect.
"I've been there with an ASA car. Every car is a little different. I have quite a bit more power now and that's the biggest thing. Any track you go to, you use basically the same line so that won't be too different."
Later this week, Miller and his Hagans Racing team will get a jump on another upcoming event by testing at Lanier Raceway (GA). It's another place that Miller looks forward to going. But then again, he's optimistic about all of the races on his schedule.
"I'm excited to go there too," said Miller. "Any race this year that I go to, I'm excited about. I know that anywhere we go; we will have a capable car, so how can you not look forward to racing when you have such a good chance of running up front in every race?
ARCA will take over Toledo this Sunday, May 22nd, for the Hantz Group 200 at Toledo Speedway. The race will start at 2:00pm and will be televised live on Speed Channel.
For more information on Joey Miller, Matt Hagans and Hagans Racing, please contact Jeremy Troiano at (704) 726-6849 and be sure to visit www.hagansracing.com as well as www.joeymiller.com.