Joey Miller Heads to an ARCA Short Track for the First Time 20-YEAR-OLD APPROACHES NEW EXPERIENCE WITH CAUTION OF A VETERAN LAKEVILLE, MN (April 20, 2005) -- This weekend's race at Salem Speedway (IN) is the perfect balance of where...
Joey Miller Heads to an ARCA Short Track for the First Time
20-YEAR-OLD APPROACHES NEW EXPERIENCE WITH CAUTION OF A VETERAN
LAKEVILLE, MN (April 20, 2005) -- This weekend's race at Salem Speedway (IN) is the perfect balance of where Joey Miller has been in his racing career and where he is going.
Miller will drive an ARCA car in the event for the powerhouse Hagans Racing team. He'll be using powerful Dodge engines that were built in-house, cars with the latest technology and he'll be running for a team that is among the most professional in the ARCA series.
At the same time, the race will be held on the same type of track where Miller cut his teeth in racing -- a bullring oval just over one half-mile in length where the action is fast and furious.
"I'm really excited about going to Salem," said Miller. "There will be a lot of contact between car to car. I like that style of racing."
Miller got as little preview of what to expect at the track when his #9 Hagan Racing team visited the southern Indiana facility recently.
"We went there and tested," said Miller. "We really learned a lot of stuff. I had wanted to get into an ARCA short track car and I finally did that."
At first, the track was a little bit overwhelming for Miller, but he was a quick learner.
"I had never seen the track before," said Miller. "It's rough, old and different. I went out there to warm up the car and I really thought that I was wheeling it. I came in and thought that we didn't have far to go and they told me that I only had to pick up two seconds!"
That wasn't the case for long though.
"By the time that the test was over, we were one of the fastest cars there," said Miller. "I think that on older tires, we have a really good car."
Miller is being very careful on how he plans to attack the track this weekend. He knows that being aggressive might be quick for a few laps, but that it will likely lead to trouble and drop him to a poor finish. The 20-year-old driver is planning to use patience as his secret weapon for a good run at Salem.
"I think that we have a really good car," said Miller. "I don't expect anything less than a top-five finish if we can keep out of all the wrecks. That's the hard thing to do at the short tracks. We're going to this track with the goal of keeping the fenders on the car and finishing. I just want to keep the car clean and not wreck anything. If we do that, I know that we'll be right up there at the end."
It's early in the season, but after two events as a rookie, Miller is second in the point standings, only five markers behind five-time defending champion Frank Kimmel.
"It's early in the running," said Miller. "I know that the team is capable of running for the Rookie of the Year title and the championship. We just need to see how quickly my learning curve can be. Hopefully, it's quick enough to keep up with everybody."
The ARCA RE/MAX Series event 200-lap event is scheduled to start at 1:00pm at Salem Speedway on April 24th.