MILLER EARNS FIRST CAREER TOP-10 FINISH IN SECOND NCTS START HAMPTON, Ga. (10/30/05) -- In only his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start, Joey Miller avoided a last lap multi-truck accident on the frontstretch to collect his first ...
MILLER EARNS FIRST CAREER TOP-10 FINISH IN SECOND NCTS START
HAMPTON, Ga. (10/30/05) -- In only his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start, Joey Miller avoided a last lap multi-truck accident on the frontstretch to collect his first top-10 finish of his career in the No. 12 Toyota Tundra at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"We had a truck capable of running in the top-10 and we finished tenth," said Miller. "It shows you how good this team really is. We had a good race and were able to stay out of trouble. We can turn this truck around and take it to Texas."
Not only was this Miller's second truck race, it was his first time ever racing at Atlanta. The 20-year-old from Lakeville (Minn.) qualified his Toyota Tundra 15th.
"In practice on Friday, we ended up fourth in the first one and eighth in final practice," said Miller. "We were able to qualify in the top-15 only a couple spots behind David Reutimann."
As the race started, Miller's truck was loose before pitting at Lap 45 for four tires.
"We were just loose everywhere," said Miller. "When the caution came out, we were able to come in for tires."
Restarting 13th, the No. 12 Toyota Tundra driver stayed in the top-15 for the next 35 laps. Reentering the top-15 at Lap 83, Miller made his second pit stop of the day seven laps later.
"The team did an awesome job," said Miller. "They put on four tires under caution and we gained some positions. We were able to restart 11th. We were a tick tight before pitting, but the truck was decent."
Inside ten laps to go in the scheduled 130-lap event, the caution flag waived with 18 trucks remaining on the lead lap. While running 11th, Darrell Waltrip Motorsports elected to pit as well as leader Kyle Busch (winner) and a few others. Miller restarted 13th. As Miller rounded Turn 4 down the final straightaway, he evaded a multi-truck crash on the last lap to finish tenth.
"There was a lot of smoke in front of us," said Miller. "Kyle Busch pitted there at the end and Jack Sprague didn't. Something happened between the two and other trucks were caught up in it. My spotter guided me through it and we were able to finish tenth. We were fortunate to avoid it. We finished in the top-15 at Las Vegas and we finished in the top-10 here at Atlanta. Our goal for Texas this weekend is to finish in the top-five."
Live race coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, November 4th begins at 9 p.m. Eastern live on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.