Joey Miller Hoping to Close Out ARCA Season on a High Note LAKEVILLE, MN (September 27, 2005) -- Joey Miller and his ...
Joey Miller Hoping to Close Out ARCA Season on a High Note
LAKEVILLE, MN (September 27, 2005) -- Joey Miller and his #9 Hagans Racing / Country Joe Homes Dodge has been strong wherever they have raced recently with the ARCA RE/MAX Series. It hasn't mattered whether it's a short track or intermediate track; they've been a combination to beat.
Over the summer, Miller has won on the mid-sized tracks of Gateway International Raceway (IL) and Nashville Superspeedway (TN). He's also won on the bullrings at Salem Speedway (IN) and Berlin Raceway (MI). Miller has even recorded a sixth-place finish on the dirt track at DuQuoin -- a place where the young driver was totally out of his element.
So can these dominating ways continue on a big track this weekend as the soon-to-be crowned 2005 ARCA Rookie of the Year takes to the ultra-fast Talladega Superspeedway?
"I definitely think that we'll have a top-three car and be competitive for the win if everything goes right and we have a couple of cars that we can team up with," said Miller. "We should be right there for the win."
Miller doesn't foresee any one driver having a dominating race at Talladega, even though he set the fastest lap in an open test at the track recently.
"I don't think that anyone can really be strong like that at a track where there is a lot of drafting. I do think that we can be a contender, though. There will be some really strong cars there that might have a little bit more money, but we should be able to contend with them."
A drafting partner is one of the most important ingredients to success in superspeedway racing and Miller has already been planning on what he can do at Talladega to get some help going to the front.
"It will be as tough as any other track [to find someone to team up with]. But, I've talked to some people already and I know a few guys that I can team up with. I don't think that I'll worry too much about it."
The Talladega race will put an end to the 2005 season for the ARCA RE/MAX Series. A strong run there will help make the winter months seem that much shorter.
"Any time that you can finish out the year with a strong finish, it will make you feel good," said Miller, who will still compete in the annual, prestigious Super Late Model race, the Snowball Derby, in December in Pensacola, FL. "It gives you something to shoot for the next year."
The experience the Hagans Racing team has provided for Joey this year has already been a big boost to the development of his racing career. Last week, the youngster competed in his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He finished a respectable 15th in a truck prepared by Darrell Waltrip Motorsports.
"We knew we had a pretty good truck, but we had to take it easy for a few laps to feel everything out," said Miller. "If we could've avoided being involved in an accident early on, we would've finished even better.
"I had a lot of fun and I was happy to be a part of the team. We would've had a top-five or top-10 finish if we hadn't been caught up in that early accident. I want to thank Darrell and all of Darrell Waltrip Motorsports for letting me be a part of this organization. It's a top-notch team."
The Food World 300 at Talladega Superspeedway will take place this Saturday, October 1st. The race will be broadcast on a same-day basis on SPEED Channel starting at 9:30pm ET.