Joey Miller to Make ARCA Debut at Nashville Superspeedway 19-year-old & CJR Team to Race Matt Hagans' Dodges LAKEVILLE, MN (July 22, 2004) -- Even though he is just a teen, up-and-coming racer Joey Miller has already seen a lot in his...
Joey Miller to Make ARCA Debut at Nashville Superspeedway
19-year-old & CJR Team to Race Matt Hagans' Dodges
LAKEVILLE, MN (July 22, 2004) -- Even though he is just a teen, up-and-coming racer Joey Miller has already seen a lot in his young career - now he is ready to take that next step. To complete that step Country Joe Racing has formed a partnership with the Indiana-based Matt Hagans' Racing to enter the 19-year-old Miller in a handful of ARCA Re/Max Series events for the remainder of the 2004 season. The exact number of events is still to be determined, but the rookie will make his debut at Nashville Superspeedway (TN) on August 14. Miller will also run the September 11 event at Chicagoland Speedway.
"I'm really excited with the whole deal," said Miller, who will spend plenty of time behind the wheel of a racecar by competing in the NASCAR Midwest Series and testing with the ARCA car leading up to his August 14 debut.
"It's a step in the right direction for me and my racing career. I've always enjoyed running on the bigger tracks and I'd like to think that I am pretty good at them, so this was a perfect place for me to go. Matt has top-notch equipment and has a very good reputation that follows him, so I'm really looking forward to it."
Miller will head to Hagans' race shop and will spend a few days testing with the team at Nashville before the race. Hagans finished second at Michigan International Speedway earlier this season in ARCA competition.
"We decided to make some changes to my racing plans when things changed with ASA," added Miller, who was running for Rookie of the Year in ASA. "Kevin (Cywinski, Miller's ASA teammate at CJR) had known Matt and that is how we got hooked up together. We did a little investigating and heard nothing but good things about him. That got the ball rolling and here we are now.
"I'm going to head down to his shop and get familiar with the cars and equipment and everyone down there," adds Miller. "I will install my seat in the cars and do some other minor things in the near future so we can continue moving forward.
"These are some of the steps and some of the things a young driver needs to do when he wants to further his racing career. Sometimes you go to all kinds of races and get lots of experience and that's what I am doing."
The next few weeks will be busy for Miller, who has spent the past month preparing several cars in the CJR shop and racing his local Late Model at his home-track of Elko Speedway (MN, where he won just a couple of weeks ago). Miller will compete with the NASCAR Midwest Series at Pikes Peak International Raceway (CO) on July 31 and Brainerd International Raceway (MN) on August 22.
"I'm going to fly out to the Bondurant Driving School, then back to test the ARCA car, then to Brainerd to test and so on. It will be a busy time, but all of it will be key to keeping me fresh and keeping me learning."
Kevin Cywinski, who has plenty of experience in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, will oversee Miller's ARCA schedule. Cywinski will also continue to chase the 2004 ASA National Championship full-time where he is a two-time and defending champion.
Miller, who is planning to save his rookie status with ASA, will run a select number of ASA events with the #15 Great Clips team that he has driven all year long. The exact races are still to be determined, but will likely be on the bigger tracks ASA competes on near the end of the season.
Country Joe Racing, with Kevin Cywinski and rookie Joey Miller, is Minnesota's #1 professional racing organization.