Chase Miller Captures a Top-5 Finish at Pocono

LONG POND PA (7-24-06)--The No. 4 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge Charger team lead by Chase Miller had an outstanding showing, once again, at the Pocono Raceway.

Miller raced like a seasoned veteran in his second start and what looked to be a second victory at the challenging tri-oval.  He may have lost first, after dominating for the majority of the day, but hanging on to the top five with a south bound engine was a win in itself.

The running of the Pennsylvania 200 at Pocono got underway with a green/yellow start due to lingering drizzle.  After 12 laps of caution, the green flag flew solo.  The rain coupled with stiff competition, in the form of Frank Kimmel as his front row partner, made for a challenging start.  Miller was asked to comment on his thoughts prior to the start responding, “The track is going to be slick after all the rain.  I plan to be careful going into one until we lay some rubber down. If he (Kimmel) gets ahead of me, then he does.  We have a good enough car for the long run.”  Moments later Kimmel miss shifted on the start and opened a door for Miller and others to gain from his mistake.  Miller proceeded to the front; leading the field early and often.

After the first pit stop of the day, around lap 18, Miller requested four tires, no changes and kept an eye on rising water temperatures.  The No. 4 Dodge Charger restarted first of the cars that pitted, behind a long line of cars that did not.  It took very little time for Miller to return to the front, stalking car after car; waiting for the right time to pass until he was once again in the clean air of first place.  As before, the No. 4 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge checked out on the field, turning a one second lead on the field into a several second eternity.  The car seemed flawless but engine attrition was lurking in the unfortunate future. 

Pocono is known for the demise of many an engine.  Still leading the race with 9 laps to go, Miller started to slip to Kimmel who reemerged from troubles of his own.  After switching power boxes with no positive result the field was bottled up for a one lap shootout to the finish.  The win, that seemed to belong to Miller for most of the day, was lost with the cylinders of his race car.  However, he was able to showcase his poise and veteran driving style with a respectable last lap run on 7 cylinders.  Chase stepped aside for those cars more dominate than his own and held out for a 5th place finish.  Miller stated, “I had the strongest car all day.  We are a little disappointed but we had a really good run.  The car was tight and then we laid down the motor.  Overall, it was a good day and the car was awesome.” 

The ARCA RE/MAX Series will be at the Gateway International Raceway on Friday July 28 for the Shop’N Save 150.  Race coverage begins LIVE at 9 p.m. EST on SPEED.

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