Rookie Miller Scores Top-10 Finish on Superspeedway of Kentucky 19-Year-Old Says It Can Get Even Better Too LAKEVILLE, MN (May 10, 2004) - "Tight, tight, tight." Those three words describe ASA rookie Joey Miller's night at Kentucky Speedway on...
Rookie Miller Scores Top-10 Finish on Superspeedway of Kentucky
19-Year-Old Says It Can Get Even Better Too
LAKEVILLE, MN (May 10, 2004) - "Tight, tight, tight." Those three words describe ASA rookie Joey Miller's night at Kentucky Speedway on Friday. Miller, who started eighth and finished seventh in the BFGoodrich Tires 125, said his car was just too tight to do anything with on Friday, yet he was pleased to leave the Bluegrass state with a top-10 finish.
"We should do this every race," said the young and energetic Miller. "I had a lot of fun out there. Even though our car was really tight, I'm pretty happy with where we came home. We just couldn't do anything with some of those guys because I couldn't drive the car where I wanted to on the track. If I got behind someone, it would just take off.
"We pretty much know that the setup we had in the car won't work for the next race there, but I know we can get the car better and challenge for a top-five finish and maybe a win."
Miller, who was one of the fastest cars in testing at the track last month, qualified an impressive eighth and used pit strategy to finally make it as high as fourth at one point in the event.
"We made our pit stops later than most guys," added Miller. "We couldn't get behind too many people so we figured that may help getting us up front. Through coordination of pit stops, we happened to be near the front for a while. When the fast guys got back up though, they passed me like I was standing still. I still got a seventh place out of it so I am happy."
Crew Chief Bond Suss shared the same feelings. "From our perspective, a seventh place run is about where we should have been considering how junk of a racecar we had. We tested really well, but something is different now and we could never catch up with it. We were bad tight in practice and made it slightly better in the race, but not much. We hung on for seventh and I am happy for that. Joey did a good job; he kept the car clean and looked real comfortable out there. Our crew guys did a great job in the pits and that helped get us near the front. We'll be better next time."
The ASA series will now have a couple of weeks off until the next race of the year on May 29th at Lake Erie Speedway in Ohio. But that doesn't mean Joey will not be busy until then.
"I'm going to get my NASCAR Touring car ready. We are going to try and go back down and run at Kentucky on June 18th with the Southeast Series. I like to run the big shows and can't wait. I'd like to also be able to run at Nashville (June 11), but we race the day after that at Berlin Raceway, so I don't think I can do it."
Country Joe Racing, with Kevin Cywinski and rookie Joey Miller, are competing full-time with the American Speed Association in 2004.