Introducing 19-year-old Joey Miller to the NASCAR Busch Series Miller to Make Series Debut As HagansRacing.com Launches LAKEVILLE, MN (November 2, 2004) -- Young Joey Miller's career has taken off in 2004. The 19-year-old will climb another rung...
Introducing 19-year-old Joey Miller to the NASCAR Busch Series
Miller to Make Series Debut As HagansRacing.com Launches
LAKEVILLE, MN (November 2, 2004) -- Young Joey Miller's career has taken off in 2004. The 19-year-old will climb another rung on the racing ladder this week when he makes his NASCAR Busch Series debut at Phoenix International Raceway (AZ) in the Bashas' Supermarkets 200. Miller will pilot the No. 98 Eagle Creek Aviation Services/Country Joe Racing Dodge on Saturday for Hagans Racing of Indianapolis, IN.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity," said Miller. "I think it will be a great time and it will give me some added experience in the big cars. We should have a decent car and, as a result, a decent run. Our main goals are to make the race, stay on the lead lap and keep out of trouble. If we do that, I think we should come home with a decent finish. This is just a weekend to learn as much as I can."
Hagans Racing has already announced that Miller will run a full season of ARCA competition for the team in 2005. Miller ran two ARCA races in 2004 with Hagans Racing and owner Matt Hagans. In dramatic fashion during his ARCA debut, Miller won at Nashville Superspeedway in August. The youngster battled back from two-laps down to beat perennial ARCA favorite Frank Kimmel.
The team tested out at Phoenix a couple of weeks ago and the results look promising.
"The test went real well and it showed that we should have a good shot at making the race on time and being competitive," said Miller. "We learned a lot and tried a lot of things. It was a success because we learned what to do and what not to do. That is the most you can ask for out of a test session."
Now three-time ASA champion Kevin Cywinski, Miller's teammate at Country Joe Racing, will be in Phoenix serving as Miller's mentor.
"Joey was real good in the test session out there," said Cywinski, a former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular. "We just want to get Joey some more time behind the wheel and get him some more experience with the bigger cars. He's got a big year ahead of him next season and more track time will help. He looked good and comfortable in the test session."
Miller was originally scheduled to compete in the NASCAR Southwest Series race at Phoenix on the same weekend, but dropped that race in favor of focusing more on the Busch program.
"The Busch car was pretty similar to the ARCA car," said Miller. "It had a little less power, but it wasn't odd or different in any real way. I think I'll be able to use what I've already learned and what Kevin and my crew chief Patrick Donohue can teach me to be successful this weekend."
At the same time the Minnesota native makes his Busch Series debut, so will the Hagans Racing new website. You can catch all the news about Joey and the team at HagansRacing.com.
The Bashas' Supermarkets 200 is set to take the green at 3:30pm (EST). The race can be seen live on NBC and heard on MRN radio affiliates.