Miller Finishes 39th After Late-Race Accident CLERMONT, Ind. (Aug 8) -- REESE'S Racing driver Brandon Miller finished 39th in the Kroger 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. He was involved in an accident on lap 184 of 204. "I was just at the...
Miller Finishes 39th After Late-Race Accident
CLERMONT, Ind. (Aug 8) -- REESE'S Racing driver Brandon Miller finished 39th in the Kroger 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. He was involved in an accident on lap 184 of 204.
"I was just at the wrong place at the wrong time," Miller said. "I went low and I thought I was going to miss the wreck, and then a car just rolled off the wall and hit me. It caused a lot of damage, and the REESE'S Chevy could not be repaired. We had a car that could have easily finished in the top 10, but that is what racing is all about."
The REESE'S Racing team faced an uphill battle from the word go. The No. 21 Chevy was both tight and loose during the two practice sessions on Saturday morning, and the REESE'S Racing team was having trouble finding the right combinations. Miller then qualified the REESE'S Chevrolet Saturday afternoon. The REESE'S team drew a late qualifying draw, giving it an advantage over some of the other teams, who had to qualify in the heat of the day when the track is stickier and qualifying times are slower. Miller qualified the REESE'S Chevy in the 27th spot.
At the start of the race, Miller told the team the car was extremely tight. When the first caution flag was displayed, Miller came down pit road for adjustments to improve the car's performance. The team continued to make adjustments during a one hour, 35 minute rain delay. When the green flag finally waved over the speedway to restart the race, Miller was in the top 10.
Miller remained in the top 10 until the REESE'S Chevy reverted to its poor handling conditions. With less then 30 laps remaining, a caution flag flew over Indianapolis Raceway Park. Crew chief Rick Viers decided to do the opposite of the leaders and called the REESE'S Chevy to pit road for adjustments. Miller and Carl Edwards were the only drivers to come down pit road, and Miller returned to the track in the 21st spot.
"We were hoping that the new tires would help Miller move through the field," Viers said. "He was losing a lot of spots before the caution, so we had to do something to help him finish on a positive note. Obviously, this put him near the back of the pack, and he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. Miller and the team worked really hard all weekend and we hope for a better finish next weekend."
With less then 20 laps remaining, Miller was an unfortunate victim of a wreck involving Tony Stewart, Tim Sauter and Carl Edwards. The REESE'S Chevy was beyond repair, and Miller finished the Kroger 200 in the 39th spot.
The REESE'S Racing team remains fifth in the team standings with 342 points less than Martin Truex Jr.'s team, which leads the standings.
Truex won the event, his sixth win of the year. Former REESE'S Racing driver Clint Bowyer finished second. Truex and Bowyer also represent the top two, respectively, in the drivers standings. Bowyer has accumulated 85 points less than Truex this season.
The Busch Series moves to Watkins Glen International in New York on Saturday, Aug, 13. Jeff Burton will be driving the REESE'S Chevrolet.