GAFFNEY, S.C. — A kid from Michigan meets a team from South Carolina to accomplish their racing dreams.
It might sound like the start of a punchline joke, but that’s the exact scenario Vinnie Miller finds himself in as he prepares for his debut as a full-time NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Saturday at Daytona Int’l Speedway.
Miller will drive for long-time XFINITY Series car owner Johnny Davis as he embarks on his first full season in NASCAR, piloting the No. 01 Chevrolet Camaro starting at the PowerShares QQQ 300 at the ‘World Center of Racing’.
It’s a brave new world for Miller, but one he’s looking forward to in a big way.
“I can’t wait to get down to Daytona to compete in my first NASCAR XFINITY Series race of the season,” said Miller. “I am super excited and super nervous at the same time. I have been out of the seat for a while, and this will be my first time being back on the track.”
“Last year I did some ARCA and K&N racing for MDM Motorsports, and coming into this year I was originally going to be ARCA racing again but when we could go XFINITY racing with Johnny for about the same price … it was too good a chance to pass up. I’m really pumped; this is a huge deal for me and I’m looking forward to it.”
Miller scored one top-five and six top-10 finishes in a combined 12 starts between the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, with a best result of third in the second K&N East Twin 100 at South Boston Speedway last May.
Though Miller has prior superspeedway experience, finishing seventh in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in October, he knows he’ll have a lot to learn over the course of the 300-mile race.
“It will be a big learning curve,” admitted Miller. “I know it will be similar to being at Talladega in the truck. It will be fun driving with veteran drivers who I know I will learn a ton from. I just want to learn as much as possible, have fun and try to bring home a solid finish.”
Flex Glue, the newest addition to the Flex Seal family of products, will serve as the primary sponsor of Miller’s No. 01 JD Motorsports Camaro for Saturday’s race.
But following on from Daytona, JAS Expedited Trucking — a Michigan-based expedited shipping company — will back the 20-year-old in 10 races this season, starting at Atlanta Motor Speedway next weekend.
“That’s big for us,” Miller said. “I’m proud to be from Michigan, and I’m even more proud to work with a company like JAS. They bring jobs to our state and are looking to add even more. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Tony and his team at JAS, and I’m looking forward to the future with them.”
Sunday marks the first step in that future, and it’s a path Miller hopes gets even bigger as he traverses the course of the year.
“I can’t wait to get started and I know we can accomplish some great things this year,” he smiled. “This team has strength and they continue to grow every time they hit the track. I’m glad to be a part of what Johnny’s created here.”
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