USAR: Jennerstown: Travis Miller preview

TRAVIS MILLER DETERMINED TO BRING HOME TOP USAR HOOTERS PRO CUP NORTH FINISH FOR PKR MATES Mooresville, NC (July 22, 2008) --Travis Miller and his No. 81n Pete Knight Racing team are brimming with confidence heading into this weekend's USAR ...

TRAVIS MILLER DETERMINED TO BRING HOME TOP USAR HOOTERS PRO CUP NORTH FINISH FOR PKR MATES

Mooresville, NC (July 22, 2008) --Travis Miller and his No. 81n Pete Knight Racing team are brimming with confidence heading into this weekend's USAR Hooters Pro Cup Northern Division event at Jennerstown (PA) Speedway.

"Yeah, I'm very confident about my race team," Miller stated. "We sure haven't had the finishes we'd hoped for so far this season, but I think we have one of the best teams in Hooters Pro Cup. You can see that given how good Mark (Miller's Pete Knight Racing teammate Mark McFarland) is running. Everyone in the garage knows our team is in contention to run in the top-five in any race we compete in. They know we're there. Now all we have to do is start getting the finishes we're earning but haven't been getting."

Miller is coming off a 16th-place finish in his most recent outing in K-Mart 250 at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA on July 12. Miller was comfortably running in the Top-10 throughout most of the race before his Pete Knight Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo experienced electrical and later tire problems. In the previous event at Salem (IN) Speedway, Miller was again in contention for a top finish before getting crashed out of the race.

According to the 20-year-old Chesapeake, VA driver, his PKR team is doing its best to avoid trouble this time around.

"We're going to bust our butts to make sure the car is right when we unload off the trailer," said Miller. "If something happens on the track that we can't prevent, that's one thing. We don't want to leave anything unchecked. We're going up to Jennerstown thinking we can win and the only way to do that is to be totally prepared and try to stay out of trouble once the race begins."

Miller, who is returning to the Pro Cup ranks this season after a year and a half layoff, has previously competed at the flat .522-mile Jennerstown oval. This time, he'll also have the experience of former Pro Cup star Shane Huffman behind him as his crew chief.

"I ran the Jennerstown Pro Cup race a couple of years ago and I was running fourth when the rear end locked up," said Miller. "I actually raced with Shane for a good part of that race. I definitely like that track and I'm sure Shane can teach me an awful lot more about racing there too. He's had a lot of laps and success there as a driver and that can only help me when we go there this time."

While Miller is looking to satisfy his personal desire for a top finish this weekend at Jennerstown, he's quick to state he has plenty of other reasons to race his way to the front Saturday night.

"There are a lot of guys at the shop who are working their guts out and they are looking for a good finish - they deserve a good finish," said Miller. "We're a little frustrated with how our luck has been going, but everyone is working hard to change that. You know I am going to be driving my heart out to get them the finish they deserve."

Miller and his No. 81n Pete Knight Racing Chevy will take the green flag in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Northern Division Hooters 250 at Jennerstown Speedway Saturday at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

-credit: pkr

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Series Stock car
Drivers Mark McFarland , Shane Huffman , Travis Miller