DARRELL WALTRIP MOTORSPORTS FORMS PARTNERSHIP WITH CURB RECORDS AND SECURES MILLER IN NO. 12 TOYOTA TUNDRA ENTRY DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 13, 2006) -- Today Darrell Waltrip Motorsports announced a marketing partnership between Curb ...
DARRELL WALTRIP MOTORSPORTS FORMS PARTNERSHIP WITH CURB RECORDS AND SECURES MILLER IN NO. 12 TOYOTA TUNDRA ENTRY
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 13, 2006) -- Today Darrell Waltrip Motorsports announced a marketing partnership between Curb Records and the No. 12 Toyota Tundra NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team with Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Joey Miller. Miller, who made five starts last season, was recently signed to run the entire 25-race schedule for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports. The 21-year-old will unveil his new paint scheme when the No. 12 Curb Records Toyota Tundra is unloaded for the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
"Curb Records is a leading country music label and has been a major player in the music industry and NASCAR for years," said Miller. "Curb Records has had many number one records over the years. They support great artists like Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes and Jo Dee Messina to name a few. I'm happy to have them on my truck and I'm looking forward to racing at Daytona this week."
"We're pleased that Curb Records has decided to join Darrell Waltrip Motorsports and support Joey Miller in the No. 12 Toyota Tundra," added Pat Wall, vice president and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series program manager for TRD, U.S.A., Inc. Curb Records has the same sentiments and are ready to kick off the season at Daytona with Miller.
"We are glad to be associated with Darrell Waltrip Motorsports and Joey Miller as he competes for the 2006 Raybestos Rookie of the Year title, his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory and the championship," said Mike Curb, founder and owner of Curb Records. "Just like our company Curb Records, Joey has a Nashville connection. In three starts at Nashville Superspeedway, he has two wins and a second-place finish as an ARCA RE/MAX Series competitor. We're ready to start our season with Darrell Waltrip Motorsports andJoey at Daytona.Joey had success there last year. In his firsttimeat a superspeedway, Joeyfinished in the top-10 at Daytona.We're looking forward to seeing him run this week in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, which is one of the toughest series going."
In addition to professional achievements in the music industry, Curb Records also has a rich racing history.
"Mike Curb and his company Curb Records have supported NASCAR legends like Bobby Allison, Dale Jarrett and Dale Earnhardt," said Miller. "He also owned the No. 43 car number when Petty claimed his 200th victory. Curb also got his first NASCAR Busch Series win as an owner in 2003 with driver Johnny Sauter. Curb has not only been involved in NASCAR, but in all types of racing over the years."
Miller aims to deliver Curb Records and his team's first-ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win. Since the Lakeville (Minn.) native's career-best finish is tenth in only five starts, a win for the 21-year-old is attainable.
"We had one top-10 and four top-15 finishes last year," said Miller, who finished 15th (9/24/05) in his debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "That's not bad considering last year was the first time that I had ever raced in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. This series is hard. From the driver to the team, you have to be on your game if you are going to be in the position to win. Our goals for this season are to finish in the top-10 in points and hopefully come away with the Raybestos Rookie of the Year title."
After Miller's first full season in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2005, there's a reason the up-and-comer has high expectations. Miller's advancement to one of
NASCAR's top divisions came at no surprise after his success driving the No. 9 Country Joe Racing entry. The five-time ARCA winner recorded four wins (Berlin Raceway, Gateway International Raceway, Nashville Superspeedway and Salem Speedway), 12 top-fives and 17 top-10s in 23 ARCA starts last season.
"We had a lot of success in ARCA last year and I am hoping to have that kind of success in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series," said Miller. "Last year, I raced the 9 car at Daytonaand it was definitely a different experience. I had never raced at a superspeedway up until that point. We ended up finishing seventh. We learned a lot that race."