Texas II: Joey Miller preview

MILLER DETERMINED TO DELIVER STRONG FINISH AT TEXAS JUSTIN, Texas (November 1, 2005) -- After finishing 10th in his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start, Joey Miller heads to Texas Motor Speedway determined to deliver the No. 12 Toyota...

MILLER DETERMINED TO DELIVER STRONG FINISH AT TEXAS

JUSTIN, Texas (November 1, 2005) -- After finishing 10th in his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start, Joey Miller heads to Texas Motor Speedway determined to deliver the No. 12 Toyota Tundra team's first top-five finish this season.

"I feel like we can definitely do it," said Miller. "We started out at Las Vegas with a 15th-place finish. We went to Atlanta Motor Speedway and finished 10th. We're working our way up each weekend. Hopefully, this week at Texas we can work our way up again to finish in the top-five."

Miller was one of five Toyota drivers to record a top-10 finish at Atlanta. The 20-year-old expects better results at Texas and will use the same truck he raced at Atlanta last weekend.

"The guys are dedicated because they came in the shop on Sunday to turn the truck around that I raced at Atlanta," said Miller. "I drove into the fence and hit the side. With two laps to go it got really tight and I tried to keep if off the fence. I was trying to gain another position."

Out of five top-10 finishes this year, the No. 12 Toyota Tundra team's best finish is sixth-place. Miller is ready to change that.

"I think we definitely have a truck capable of finishing in the top-five," said Miller. "And, I know we have a crew capable of getting us there. Hopefully, we can get there quickly."

Miller's crew chief agrees that a top-five finish at Texas is attainable.

"A top-five is possible," said Johnny Allen. "Joey did a great job in Atlanta because it's not an easy place to drive. We've improved every week. The team is starting to pull together and is heading in the same direction. Also, we haven't torn up a lot of trucks. So, we've been able to focus on building trucks instead of repairing trucks. Everything's starting to go smoothly."

"With Texas being a place where the tires don't fall off as bad, I think Joey will learn a lot more than what he's learned in the first two races," continued Allen. "Plus, David Reutimann and the 17teamtested there a month or so ago. We've got a lot of good information. I think Joey will run well this weekend."

Miller has some experience at Texas.

"We ran a ROMCO Super Late Model car there," said Miller. "You go pretty slow with them, but it was still kind of cool. I got to go around the track. It was actually my first speedway that I had ever been too. I missed my graduation to go do that."

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.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Reutimann , Joey Miller