CJR & Joey Miller Pulls out of Last Two ASA Events 19-Year-Old Says There Is Too Much To Look Forward To In 2005 LAKEVILLE, MN (September 22, 2004) -- Following a disappointing 33rd-place finish in this past weekend's American Speed...
CJR & Joey Miller Pulls out of Last Two ASA Events
19-Year-Old Says There Is Too Much To Look Forward To In 2005
LAKEVILLE, MN (September 22, 2004) -- Following a disappointing 33rd-place finish in this past weekend's American Speed Association race at Kentucky Speedway, one which resulted in a wrecked racecar, Joey Miller and the #15 Country Joe Racing team has elected to pull out of the remaining two ASA superspeedway events on the schedule. The decision only affects Miller and the #15 team and not the #1 team of Kevin Cywinski, which will continue to compete in search for a second-straight and third-overall ASA National Championship
"After competing in both ASA events so far at Kentucky, I'm just not convinced that these cars are safe enough to be on tracks like that and I found that out this past weekend," said the 19-year-old Miller, who recently signed a deal with Hagans Racing to compete in a minimum of 13 ARCA events during the 2005 season. "It isn't the speed or the crashing that gets me, but the fact remains that these are not NASCAR Nextel Cup or Busch or ARCA cars and were not made to be raced at places like Kentucky, Lowe's (Motor Speedway) and Atlanta (Motor Speedway). I work on helping build all of our chassis so I know. These cars aren't made to be raced at tracks like that.
"(ASA) has run two races at the faster speedways this year (both at Kentucky) and they've had two guys get hurt pretty good each weekend," added Miller. "While I'm glad both of those guys are ok, as a young driver, I just have too much to lose to risk getting hurt like that in one of these cars. I'd feel much more comfortable at these tracks in an ARCA or Busch-type car than I do in an ASA car. I actually felt more comfortable at Kentucky in my (NASCAR Elite Division) Southeast Series car than I did in my ASA car."
Miller finished fourth in Saturday's 100-lap Southeast Series race at Kentucky that preceded the ASA event.
"I like going fast and I like the speed. I actually feel like I am much better on the speedways than on the short tracks, which made me look forward to these final three ASA races. But this past weekend, we just spun after getting aero loose as a result of this new aero package that ASA introduced and backed the car into the wall. It was a simple accident anywhere else, but it really did a number to my car."
Miller won at Nashville Superspeedway just last month in his first career ARCA race while driving for Hagans Racing. He also competed at Chicgaoland Speedway, where he had climbed into the top-10 after starting from the back.
"Next year is going to be very important for me and for everyone involved, so we just don't want to risk things. Kevin (Cywinski, Joey's mentor and teammate at CJR) is in total agreement that we should sit out these last races. I have full confidence that we could win the races if we entered them, but at this time, it just isn't the right thing to do."