BUSCH: St. Louis: Brandon Miller preview

EVENT INFORMATION -- Event: NASCAR Busch Series Wallace Family Tribute 250; Time and Date: 8:15 p.m. EDT, Saturday, July 30; Site: Gateway International Raceway, Madison, Ill. Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 8 p.m. EDT and MRN (radio) at 7:45...

EVENT INFORMATION -- Event: NASCAR Busch Series Wallace Family Tribute 250; Time and Date: 8:15 p.m. EDT, Saturday, July 30; Site: Gateway International Raceway, Madison, Ill. Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 8 p.m. EDT and MRN (radio) at 7:45 p.m. EDT; Qualifying: 4 p.m. EDT, Saturday, July 30, live on SPEED (television).

MILLER'S SUCCESS -- Miller earned the first top-10 finish of his short career in the NASCAR Busch Series last week at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Miller started the race in the 21st spot, but within 20 laps he had the REESE'S Chevy in the top-15. Miller would not drop below the top-15 for the remainder of the race and crossed the stripe in the 10th spot.

THE GATEWAY TO A WIN? -- Miller has never competed on many tracks on the NASCAR Busch Series schedule, and Gateway is one of them. The first time Miller saw Gateway International Raceway was just a few weeks ago. The REESE'S Racing team went to Gateway to test the REESE'S Chevy. The last track Miller tested and subsequently competed at was Kentucky. He was in the top-10 for most of the race and finished in the 16th spot. At the time it was tied for his career-best finish.

POLE CATS -- Richard Childress Racing (RCR) continues its pole-winning ways. Three times in the last four races a car owned by RCR won the pole. Kevin Harvick won the pole at Daytona International Speedway and New Hampshire International Speedway. Harvick's teammate, Clint Bowyer, won the pole last weekend at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

REESE'S CHEVY PREVIOUSLY AT GATEWAY -- The REESE'S Chevy has not finished in the top-10 in its two years of sponsorship. In 2003 Johnny Sauter started 26th and finished 18th. In 2004 Clint Bowyer started 12th and finished 12th. However, REESE'S Racing driver Kevin Harvick had back-to-back wins starting in 2000 driving the No. 2 ACDelco Chevy.

MILLER TIME -- Brandon Miller tested this week at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Miller will be in the driver's seat of the REESE'S Chevy for the remainder of July.

TEAM STANDINGS -- The REESE'S Racing team is fourth in the Busch Series Owners' Points Standings with 258 points less than the leader.

QUICK QUOTES AND NOTES:

Crew chief Rick Viers on Brandon Miller at Gateway -- "Brandon is really excited to get to St. Louis. We tested there last week, and he feels confident about the car we are bringing to the track. Brandon wants to put together a solid run to gain momentum for the rest of the season. He is also coming off a great race at Pikes Peak, and we look forward to the same results this weekend."

On the rookie's season -- "He's done extremely well. I know that his finishes haven't shown it, but what he's been able to do in a short amount of time speaks volumes. Brandon's going to put together some great runs this year, and he should be exciting to watch."

Brandon Miller on Gateway -- "It's a cool track. I tested there last week and had a really fast car. The test gave me a chance to get comfortable with the track. Now, during practice I can focus on making the car better. I also really enjoy running on one-mile tracks. I grew-up on these types of tracks, and I am just hoping to put a good run together."

On his season to date -- "I've had ups. I've had downs. We've been good, and we've been bad. If I can just put everything together and get a good solid run in the next few weeks, then we'll have some good momentum heading into the rest of the season."

On his solid run at Pikes Peak -- "I am really excited about the finish we had at Pikes Peak. I feel like a monkey is finally lifted off my back. Now I feel like I got the momentum going in the right direction for this weekend and I am just looking for another quality finish."

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Johnny Sauter , Brandon Miller , Clint Bowyer
Teams Richard Childress Racing