Rookie, Michigander Vinnie Miller stings like a bee at Michigan...P1 in practice

Rookie, Michigander Vinnie Miller stings like a bee at Michigan...P1 in practice

BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 15, 2017) -- ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards newcomer Vinnie Miller has already been bitten by the racing bug…now he's been stung by the bee. Miller, after he climbed out of his No. 41 Peerless Steel-MDM Toyota at the end of practice, got stung by a bee on his left hand. The Ortonville, Michigan favorite also stung the competition in practice Thursday afternoon at Michigan Int'l Speedway with a sizzling top speed of 189.999 mph, fastest among the 30 drivers who posted time and speed in preparation for Friday's Corrigan Oil 200.

"I can't believe it…I climbed out of the car and got stung by a bee," said Miller. "Not sure what that's all about but I'm good."

He's especially "good" so far at Michigan.

"This is only my second speedway race. I'm a little surprised to be P-1. I figured we'd be top-10 but I wasn't expecting this. I'm really proud of what we were able to accomplish today. My first time here…this place is pretty straight up…put the pedal to the metal and turn left."

Miller's got some good help here this weekend -- veteran crew chief Jamie Jones calling the shots and Paul Griffin spotting. Griffin spots for Jimmie Johnson on the Cup road courses.

"I trust my crew chief a lot. Jamie Jones gives me a car I know I can drive down in there…he's never left me wrong. Paul Griffin does a great job spotting."

Miller, who lives just 90 miles away from the track, will have a lot of support in the grandstands for Friday's race.

"We'll have a ton of family and friends here tomorrow. I want to thank my sponsor Peerless Steel for coming on board here. This is a home game for me. After a decent run last week at Pocono, I feel pretty confident and especially after today. I think we were about sixth fastest in race trim."

Miller finished 10th in his superspeedway debut last Friday at Pocono.

Defending Corrigan Oil winner Brandon Jones, after spending much of the afternoon at the top of the board, was second fastest at 189.529 mph in the No. 8 Nexteer-MDM Chevrolet…that was until Miller, in the final moments, knocked him one notch down.

"Man…where'd that come from?" asked Jones, regarding Miller's run. "Race trim-wise, we're very good. We unloaded extremely free…oh my gosh…we did just about everything you can do to it to tighten it up…springs, shocks, camber. We're good now…down to the fine-tuning.

"This was a brand new car for Pocono. We'll be very close to the pole, but as far as race trim goes, we were three- to four-10ths faster than everyone else. They also have a couple hours to work on their stuff, but I think we'll be tough to beat tomorrow."

Jones is doing double duty this weekend at Michigan, running the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet in the NASCAR XFINITY race Saturday.

Spencer Davis, in the No. 25 Race City Auto Parts Toyota for Venturini Motorsports, was third fastest overall.

"Really satisfied," said Davis. "We unloaded P-2 and stayed top-5 all day till people started mocking up. We're really good. We didn't need to make any big changes…just small stuff. My first time here…no complaints."

Sheldon Creed, in a third MDM Motorsports car, was fourth fastest in the No. 28 AM Ortega Construction-United Rentals Toyota. Riley Herbst, last week's Pocono winner, was fifth in the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink-UFC Gym Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Zane Smith, in the No. 55 Musselman's Toyota for Venturini Motorsports, was sixth on the practice charts. Smith turned his first laps at Michigan today.

"The first thing I learned is that you do not want to be free here…that's what we unloaded with," said Smith. "It's not a very comfortable feeling. We worked on it…should be good for tomorrow."

PRACTICE RESULTS

Raceday Schedule/Media Coverage
General Tire Pole Qualifying starts at 1:40 p.m. Friday afternoon. The Corrigan Oil 200 is scheduled to get underway Friday at 6 with live coverage on FS1. ARCAracing.com will provide live timing, scoring and chat.

Don Radebaugh
dradebaugh@arcaracing.com

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