Miller to share duites in RCR 21 in 05

Brandon Miller will share driving duties with Kevin Harvick in Richard Childress Racing's No. 21 Reese's Chevrolet for the 2005 NASCAR Busch Series season, the team has announced.

The 23-year-old San Diego native will compete in 20 of the season's 35 races while Harvick will be behind the wheel for the remaining 15. Miller will make his season debut March 19 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He replaces Clint Bowyer, who in October was named as the driver of RCR's No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet for 2005.

Miller qualified 17th and finished 16th in his NASCAR Busch Series debut with RCR in the Oct. 9 Mr. Goodcents 300 at Kansas Speedway. Earlier this season, Miller qualified the No. 55 Robby Gordon Motorsports Chevrolet in June at Nashville Superspeedway (21st) and Kentucky Speedway (fifth) when Gordon's Nextel Cup schedule conflicted with the NASCAR Busch schedule. He also started seventh and finished 20th in the No. 2 NASCAR Truck Series entry at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in September.

Miller started racing go-karts at age 12. He won the 1993 U.S. Grand National in Karting while also running the entire European Circuit in Belgium, France, Italy, as well as Japan and Austrailia. He drove in his first Super Late Model stock car race at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in 1999. In 2002, he won the Super Late Model Championship at Mesa Marin Speedway on the strength of six victories and seven pole positions. Miller has also competed in the NASCAR Southwest Tour and the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series.

The 2005 NASCAR Busch Series season will be Reese's second year as the primary sponsor of the No. 21 team and Hershey's third year of primary sponsorship with the team. The 2003 PayDay team of Harvick and Johnny Sauter earned the owner-points championship while the 2004 Reese's team of Harvick and Bowyer is currently fourth in the owner-point standings.

By Eddie


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