Vinnie Miller looking to make a name in 2018

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

“Names are made here.”

That is the mantra for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Vinnie Miller looks to use the mantra to his benefit as on of the newest full-time driver added to the JD Motorsports lineup in 2018.

Like many young drivers in NASCAR, the racing bug hit Miller at the age of four where he began racing quarter midgets. At the age of 12, Miller moved from racing a quarter-midget to stock car racing in local series in his home state of Michigan. Five years later, Miller knew it was time to chase that dream of becoming a driver in NASCAR.

“I moved down to North Carolina to chase my dream of becoming a NASCAR driver when I was 17. We started with various late-model teams around the area. We ran our own deal for a little bit,” Miller said.

Once the move to the Charlotte region took place, Miller connected with athlete management agency, Spire Sports and Entertainment. In 2017, Miller began his progress to NASCAR by racing in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menard’s and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

Despite having a ride in ARCA and NKNPSE, Miller was only running a part-time schedule.

In 2018, he will be running his first full schedule with JD Motorsports in the No. 01 Chevrolet Camaro in recent years. Miller is ready to tackle the learning curve but believes that it will be a good curve.

“Coming up from ARCA and being able to run a full season, it’s more like a learning curve. It will be a good curve this year in decent equipment, not breaking the bank, and being able to get the experience I need in a XFINITY car to continue to run with them or go with someone else and better my career and get my name out there.”

Miller moves from a championship winning organization in MDM Motorsports to JD Motorsports. According to 20-year old driver, the move from MDM to JDM will not be that big of a change.

“To me, it’s not really a big change. I think that going from a championship level team like MDM, I didn’t run a full season, so I didn’t contend for a championship or anything. I did a mix of K&N and ARCA stuff. To me, there is not really a big difference there,” Miller said.

“If I was running a full season, then there might be a different feeling about that, but I think going to JD Motorsports and being able to run a full season; it would be my first time running a full season, competing for a championship since I moved down here. It will be nice to run for a full season and hopefully go for the rookie of the year title.”

In 2017, Miller dabbled into one NXS race at Chicagoland Speedway with JDM and one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Talladega Superspeedway. The biggest difference he noticed is how different the cars drove compared to his recent experiences.

“I did one XFINITY race last year and the first thing I noticed that they were a lot different to drive than anything else I drove. I will be learning that through the beginning of the year,” Miller said.

“Through the consistency of seat time, it will help me out in the long run. Getting to know all the tracks, getting that experience, learning how to draft, learning how to be patient on short tracks, to be able to get up there will help me.”

Miller’s 2018 campaign will be sponsored by Flex Seal and JAS Expedited Trucking based out of Michigan. Flex Seal Glue will be the primary sponsor at Daytona International Speedway. JAS Expedited Trucking will sponsor Miller for 10 races and be an associate sponsor for the remaining 23 races.

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