MILLER'S DETERMINED TO TOP CAREER-BEST FINISH AT ATLANTA HAMPTON, Ga. (March 15, 2006) - As the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule resumes with the John Deere 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway this week, Joey Miller's focus is to improve on a ...
MILLER'S DETERMINED TO TOP CAREER-BEST FINISH AT ATLANTA
HAMPTON, Ga. (March 15, 2006) - As the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule resumes with the John Deere 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway this week, Joey Miller's focus is to improve on a top-10 finish he registered at the 1.54-mile quad-oval last October.
"We are going there to try to win it," said Miller. "Because we tested and raced at Atlanta last year, we can go there and just focus on a strong finish. We're ready to go to the next level and we're working really hard to get there."
Since his debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (9/24/05), Miller's 10th-place finish last year at Atlanta is his career-best finish in seven starts. The 21-year-old collected the top-10 finish in only his second start and in his first time competing at Atlanta.
"We had a truck capable of running in the top-10," said Miller. "We were able to avoid an accident on the last lap and bring it home in 10th-place."
Miller registered a 13th-place finish in the most recent NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at California Speedway last month.
"We had a strong run at California," said Miller. "We were able to overcome a problem and run in the top-five. We learned a lot during that race. Even though we ran five races last year, we have learned a lot more this year that we can keep building on."
Miller has learned how tough the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is for a rookie.
"The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is a great series and it's one of the toughest series I've ever raced," said Miller. "That's what makes it as great as what it is to me. You can't just go out there and dominate a race. To run really well, you have to earn what you accomplish. It makes you feel really good when you do."
Miller's crew chief agrees that the level of competition is at an all-time high.
"The competition is tough this year," said Johnny Allen. There are a lot of good teams with talented young drivers coming up and there's also a lot of veterans. It's a tough deal with a rookie because you can't test much as you used to. The extra practice session for the rookies definitely helps. Also, having a teammate like David Reutimann helps a ton. Then, everybody on the Toyota deal is fully open with information across the board and that's a big plus.
"We've got a brand new truck for Atlanta," continued Allen. "From what we've learned from the wind tunnel and on the track, we think we're going to be good there. On top of that, Atlanta is the best finish Joey has so far. He's looking forward to going back there and because of that, so are we."