Miller Leaves Las Vegas With 20th Place Finish Team Ase/Carquest Dodge Quick Throughout the Day LAS VEGAS, NV (September 25, 2004) Brandon Miller proved that he was fast enough on a consistent basis to belong in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series...
Miller Leaves Las Vegas With 20th Place Finish
Team Ase/Carquest Dodge Quick Throughout the Day
LAS VEGAS, NV (September 25, 2004) Brandon Miller proved that he was fast enough on a consistent basis to belong in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on Saturday. He just didn't get the finish he deserved. Miller and his Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge were fast in practice, qualified seventh and ran in the top-ten for the majority of the Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In the end, handling woes prevented Miller from a great finish and he brought his Dodge home in the 20th finishing position.
"I think with 30 laps to go or something like that, we were sitting sixth or seventh and then, boy, it just got so loose all of a sudden it was like driving on ice," Miller said after the event. "I don't know if we had a tire go down, or if it was something like that. But, it was just all of a sudden, we went from running in the top 10 to finishing 20th. Something just happened with the truck. This Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge kept trucking along, but we just didn't quite end up the way we wanted to."
The Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge was fast from the very beginning of the day as Miller proved to have one of the fastest trucks in practice and then backed that up with a solid seventh place qualifying run. His performance served as a validation of Ultra Motorsports' decision to put the 23-year-old Bakersfield, CA native behind the wheel of one of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' most established rides.
"Actually, Jimmy (Smith, Ultra Motorsports Team Owner) just asked me if I wanted to come test the truck down at Homestead two weeks ago," Miller claimed. "I went down there and the test went really well, so he gave me a shot at running here. Our practice went really well in the beginning. I'm still kind of new to all of this. I'm trying to learn as much as I can as quickly as I can. But it went okay. We had a pretty good truck in practice and we qualified well."
Miller's Dodge was competitive throughout the first 100 laps of the event. As the laps wound down the handle on his Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge slipped away and he couldn't keep his fellow NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitors at bay.
"I don't know. I almost thought there was oil out there," Miller said. "I was screaming on the radio, 'I think we've got oil down, oil down!' Because it just happened so quick. I don't know exactly what the deal was. We'll have to take it back to the shop and find out exactly what happened. At least we knew we had a good top 10 truck that we ran for most of the race. So that was good for us."
The next step for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is the American Racing Wheels 200 at California Speedway on Saturday Oct. 2nd. The event will be broadcast live on the Speed Channel, MRN Radio and XM Satellite Radio at 10:00 pm ET.