Brandon Miller Ends Debut Early in 32nd Place HAMPTON, Ga. (March 21) -- REESE'S Racing driver Brandon Miller gained valuable NASCAR Busch Series experience in Saturday's Aaron's 312 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. However, it was not quite the ...
Brandon Miller Ends Debut Early in 32nd Place
HAMPTON, Ga. (March 21) -- REESE'S Racing driver Brandon Miller gained valuable NASCAR Busch Series experience in Saturday's Aaron's 312 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. However, it was not quite the experience he was expecting. Miller drove the REESE'S Chevrolet to a 32nd-place finish.
"We had a really good car today," Miller said. "I got into some trouble early on and backed the No. 21 Chevy into the wall. The damage from the wreck caused the REESE'S Chevrolet to be extremely loose. The REESE'S team worked hard all race to fix the car, but in the end the car just had too much damage."
Miller's debut got off to a great start when he posted the 10th-fastest lap in Friday's practice session. Success continued for Miller when he qualified the REESE'S Chevrolet in the 13th spot.
"The REESE'S Chevy was really fast during qualifying," Miller said before the race. "I knew I had a fast time on the first lap, but I wanted to make the second lap even better. I overdrove it a little and almost lost it."
From the drop of the green flag, Miller was making his march to the front of the field. By lap 15 the REESE'S Chevy was in the 11th spot and working hard on Jamie McMurray for 10th. On lap 17 Miller passed McMurray on the frontstretch, but Miller would check up too early and he backed the REESE'S Chevy into the wall.
Rather than giving up, the REESE'S Racing team worked hard to repair the damages, and Miller was back on the track after losing only one lap. When the next caution flag flew, he received the "lucky dog award" and moved back on the lead lap.
On lap 83 of 203, Miller told his crew that he didn't know how much longer he could hang on to the REESE'S Chevrolet. Within 20 laps of this communication, Miller spun the No. 21 Chevy to bring out the fifth caution period of the day.
Miller was involved in one more accident on lap 188 and finished the race 22 laps down in the 32nd spot.
Carl Edwards won the race, and he was followed by Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne, in that order. The REESE'S Racing team is in second place in the Busch Series Owners' Standings, 38 points behind Edwards.
Miller returns to the driver's seat of the REESE'S Racing Chevrolet next weekend for the Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. The FX television network will begin its coverage at 3:30 p.m. EST. MRN will produce the live radio broadcast.