BUSCH: Nashville II: Robby Gordon preview

Miller to practice/qualify for Robby Gordon at Nashville Huntersville, NC (June 8, 2004) -- Brandon Miller will practice and qualify the No. 55 Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet in place of Robby Gordon at Nashville Superspeedway June 11, John Story,...

Miller to practice/qualify for Robby Gordon at Nashville

Huntersville, NC (June 8, 2004) -- Brandon Miller will practice and qualify the No. 55 Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet in place of Robby Gordon at Nashville Superspeedway June 11, John Story, CEO of Robby Gordon Motorsports said. Miller, 22, of Bakersfield, California has experience with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the NASCAR Winston West Series and the NASCAR Southwest Tour.

Gordon, will not be able to practice or qualify on Friday due to his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series obligations at Pocono Raceway. He will fulfill his obligations to race the car in Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 300.

"Brandon Miller has proven himself a very worthy competitor in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the Winston West Series and the Southwest Tour," Story said. "Brandon has the ability to become a major factor in NASCAR Busch Series racing on a full-time basis, and with a few years under his belt may have what it takes to succeed at the next level as well. We've got a good qualifying set up under the car from our first trip to Nashville, and after Brandon puts us in the field we'll go back to the same race set up for Robby we had there when we ran in the top-five earlier this year.

Despite where Miller qualifies, Gordon will have to start at the back of the field for the race due to NASCAR rules that state if a driver change takes place, the car will start at the rear.

It's going to be fun to watch Robby come from the back on Saturday night," Story said.

After a disappointing weekend at Dover International Speedway due to a broken trackbar, Robby Gordon and the Fruit of the Loom Racing Team hope to redeem themselves this weekend in Lebanon by having a repeat of their first time out at Nashville Superspeedway.

Gordon's first career race at Nashville was this year, where the team achieved one of their three top-five finishes. Although Gordon will have one race of experience under his belt during the NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday, his replacement driver for Friday's practice and qualifying will not have any NASCAR Busch Series experience at all.

PIT NOTES

Gordon remains 11th in the NASCAR Busch Series points. In 12 starts, he has accumulated 1557 points and is 560 behind leader Kyle Busch.

The Fruit of the Loom Racing Team will get their horsepower from Richard Childress Racing this weekend at Nashville.

This will be Brandon Miller's first attempt practicing and qualifying behind the wheel of a NASCAR Busch Series race car for a sanctioned NASCAR Busch Series race.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Robby Gordon , Brandon Miller
Teams Richard Childress Racing