Joey Miller and Hagans Racing Win in Music City Again LAKEVILLE, MN (August 15, 2005) -- It's probably pretty fair to say that Nashville Superspeedway has turned into one of Joey Miller's favorite racetracks. He has been there in an ARCA ...
Joey Miller and Hagans Racing Win in Music City Again
LAKEVILLE, MN (August 15, 2005) -- It's probably pretty fair to say that Nashville Superspeedway has turned into one of Joey Miller's favorite racetracks. He has been there in an ARCA RE/MAX Series machine three times and has a record of two victories and a second-place finish. His latest victory came in this weekend's 200-lap event. Needless to say, it was a weekend well spent for the 20-year-old driver and his Hagans Racing team.
"It was a pretty good weekend," said Miller. "We were a little nervous in practice because our car wasn't quite what we wanted it to be. We worked on it all day long and got it freed up a little bit. We went out to qualify and just had an awesome lap. We knew we would have some tough competition in qualifying and we ended up right there. I just drove it in until I couldn't drive it any harder and we had a killer lap that got the pole."
And if the car was good in qualifying, it was even better in the race itself. Miller praised his Hagans team for giving him a car that could not have been much better.
"The car was just about perfect all race long. I was taking drinks from my water bottle as I was lapping cars. It was just driving awesome."
Miller had a few tough competitors at Nashville. Erin Crocker entered the event in a car fielded by Evernham Motorsports and there's always six-time ARCA champ Frank Kimmel. In the end, Crocker finished third while Kimmel dropped out just past halfway due to an engine failure.
"Erin had a decent car, but I caught her right away in traffic and then her car went away. The longer that we ran, the better our car handled. It's tough that Frank dropped out like that, but it helped us in the points. It's always nice to race against Frank because when you do beat him you can say that you beat some tough competition."
The bright side of Kimmel's DNF, at least for Miller, is the fact that those two drivers are competing against each other for the 2005 ARCA RE/MAX championship. After Nashville, those two drivers make up the first two spots in the standings with third-place Ken Weaver being nearly 500-markers behind.
"If Frank has some more bad days, we'll have to take advantage of that," said Miller. "With the points the way that they are, it's turned into a Frank Kimmel and Joey Miller show now. It's definitely going to be interesting and exciting no matter what happens."
Miller was so excited about his victory; he even did something a little bit out of character when the race was over.
"I even did a little burnout at the end. I guess that I got a little excited and I probably shouldn't have. I usually don't get excited like that, but we had such a great car that I couldn't help it."
Next up for the ARCA RE/MAX Series will be the Hantz Group 200 at Michigan Speedway on Friday, August 19th. The race will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel starting at 5pm ET.