Minnesota Native Miller Should Feel Right At Home in Georgia Lanier Nat'l A Lot Like His Home Track of Elko LAKEVILLE, MN (April 28, 2004) -- Minnesota teenager Joey Miller will be nearly 1,200 miles away from home this weekend when he travels...
Minnesota Native Miller Should Feel Right At Home in Georgia
Lanier Nat'l A Lot Like His Home Track of Elko
LAKEVILLE, MN (April 28, 2004) -- Minnesota teenager Joey Miller will be nearly 1,200 miles away from home this weekend when he travels to Brasleton, GA, but the 19-year-old should feel like he's right at home. You see, Lanier National Speedway, which is the second track on the ASA 2004 schedule, is very similar to his hometrack of Elko Speedway (MN). That should help the series rookie when he competes in this Saturday's Lanier 250.
"I have not been there, but I've talked to several people and they say it is a lot like Elko and I have logged a ton of laps at Elko, so I'm sure it will be just fine," said Miller, who finished 20th in the ASA opener last month after leading 25 laps. "I talked to Joey Clanton (2002 ASA Champion) about what you need to do to run fast at that track, so I have a lot of confidence that we will be pretty good."
Miller, along with his Country Joe Racing teammate Kevin Cywinski, will test just up the road at Atlanta Motor Speedway the day before action begins at the Lanier track.
"I like the big tracks because I feel like I could open up a pop and drink it down the straights and through the corners," joked Miller. "No, in reality, I actually am more comfortable on the big tracks. I like the speed. I also feel like I can give better feedback to Bond (Suss, Miller's crew chief) on the big tracks, but we won't be a slouch on the short tracks either. If we can put together a full race and I can stay out there and near the front, I think we have an advantage over everyone. We are really getting much better as a team."
Miller has made 16 ASA starts during the previous two seasons and recorded two top-10 finishes with a best performance of seventh at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, WI (2002). He also finished ninth at ASA's inaugural visit to Elko Speedway in 2002. He finished 23rd at Elko in 2003 after qualifying fourth.
"I don't know why I can adapt to these tracks so well. Even though I really like the big tracks and like going fast, the shorter tracks like Lanier and Elko suit me well. I guess it just comes with experience being that I've run so much at Elko."
Miller is 18th in the ASA point standings after the first of 16 events. Action at Lanier National Speedway gets underway at 8 pm (Eastern) on Saturday, May 1. The race can be seen LIVE on SPEED Channel.
Country Joe Racing, with Kevin Cywinski and rookie Joey Miller, are competing full-time with the American Speed Association in 2004.