Pendleton, IN (July 16, 2002) -- Veteran ASA driver Mike Miller of Georgia will make his 2002 debut at Salem Speedway in Salem (IN) for the July 20th Tecumseh 300. It marks his first appearance in an ASA event since the 2001 season finale at ...
Pendleton, IN (July 16, 2002) -- Veteran ASA driver Mike Miller of Georgia will make his 2002 debut at Salem Speedway in Salem (IN) for the July 20th Tecumseh 300. It marks his first appearance in an ASA event since the 2001 season finale at Indianapo lis Raceway Park on September 29 of that year.
Prior to the start of the current season, Miller was without a primary sponsor and couldn't afford to compete full-time any longer. At the time he felt it wasn't worth the effort to compete part-time any longer. He'll return to Salem Spee dway also as the car owner of his familiar number 18 entry.
"The guys that are currently inactive and were on my crew last year, really wanted to come racing, so I decided to do this. Ironically, I thought being away from Motorsports would be easy because I had done it before in my career," said Miller. "I watch the races on television and with some of my favorite race tracks like Berlin Raceway, frankly it hurts to not be there. At Salem, we're going to come back and have some fun."
The legendary high-banked .54-mile oval at Salem Speedway is a track the 55-year old Miller loves to compete at. He won the Midwest 300 there in October of 1997 and captured a pole for the 1999 ASA event at the track. "We have always been competitive at Salem, but it is also one of the race tracks that can be hard on a driver and a team, both emotionally and physically," said Miller.
Longtime crew chief for Miller, Carl Hiland will join the team for the Salem race.
Prior to the start of the current season and beginning with his return to ASA for the 1993 campaign, Mike Miller had made the starting field at 172 consecutive ASA events. His competitive progress during the nine-season period was steady and for the years 1996 through 1999 it was spectacular.
Including a win in 2000, Miller was the winningest driver in ASA during a five-year span. He recorded 15 victories, six runner-up finishes and nine other podium results. Toss in another 17 top-five and 24 top-ten finishes and it's easy to conclude th e late 1990s was a true "golden era" for him in ASA Racing.
The Tecumseh 300 will see the spectator gates opening and the first of three practice sessions beginning at 11 a.m. Qualifying is scheduled for 3:45 p.m., with the on-track fan autograph session featuring the Rockin' Rhythm' Kings at 6 p.m. The Tecumseh 300 will take the green flag at 8 p.m. (Central). It will be telecast on a same-day tape delay basis at 11 p.m. (Central) and midnight (Eastern). Additional information is available by calling 1-888-ASA-1020.