Spring City, Tennessee native Ray Miller III claimed the 2019 NHRA Super Comp World Championship after an outstanding season competing against racers all over the country.
Being the well know racer he is, it wasn’t surprising that Ray Miller III was able to capture the 2019 NHRA Super Comp National Championship. It was surprising, however, that this was his first championship he was able to win.
Miller started racing junior dragsters when he was 13 years old, he ran them for a few years before he got the itch to jump in his dad’s Super Comp dragster at age 15.
“I went 4.80’s and had a blast,” Miller stated. “I’ll never forget my first 1/4-mile run. I went 7.70 at 172 mph.”
After that, Miller did quite well in juniors but didn’t race them as much. At age 16, he started racing the dragster at local bracket races and it all progressed from there.
Miller finished the year in his 2017 Miller Race Cars with front-end suspension. Sitting behind him is a Gary Stinnett 632 cubic inch motor with a Stinnett carburetor and throttle stop powered by VP Racing Fuels. The extraordinary paint job is done by Todd Zeller at Todd’s Extreme Paint.
The Championship Season
With a point total of 679, Miller started the season strong winning the first three divisional events he attended. Several quarter-final and semi-final finishes helped him win the championship, but surprisingly Miller had no national event wins to help his points total.
The biggest moment of Miller’s season was his double up win in Super Comp and Super Gas at Galot Motorsports Park.
“I had done really solid early in the year in Super Comp but hadn’t put the points number where it needed to be,” Miller stated. “But the win there made it certain that we were going to be in a fight come Vegas and Pomona.”
Throughout the middle of the year, there was Luke Bogacki, Brian Preszler, Johnathan Anderson, and Gary Stinnett lurking around Miller for the points lead. In the end, it ended up being Preszler and Bogacki who had a shot to pass me. Bogacki elected not to travel out west, while Preszler was going to shoot his shot towards the championship.
Preszler had a lot of room for improvement, but after his early round exits at the divisional and national event in Vegas, he had to win the race in Pomona to pass Miller. After a second-round exit from Preszler, Miller was crowned the champ.
Always a Dream
Miller has been chasing a world championship for 10 years now. After starting to chase points in 2010, he had won four divisional championships and had covered the board in single digit numbers except for No. 1 in the national championship.
“That No. 1 seemed to elude me for years, so every year it was something I was chasing towards,” Miller stated. “To finally capture it is amazing. In fact, this is the fourth year in a row that the No. 1 has been on the side of a Miller Race Car.”
On top of his national championship this year, Miller also claimed the LODRS divisional championship in Division 2 in Super Comp and fell one point short of the Super Gas championship too. As a team, they finished the season with seven wins in 10 final rounds.
“First off, I would like to thank my parents Ray and Christine for the full support of this very expensive sport,” Miller laughed.
“My sister Cathy, her family and friends, and my nieces Maci and Shelbi,” Miller stated. “My sister came all the way out to Pomona, and it was awesome to have her there with us.”
“Thank you to Gary Stinnett also for all his help and knowledge throughout the years. He builds some bad motors and throttle stop setups.”
Along with his family and friends, Miller also thanked his sponsors:
- Miller Race Cars
- Strange Engineering
- Stinnett Racing Carburetors and Throttle Stops
- Marco Abruzzi Racing Transmissions
- Penske Shocks
- Mickey Thompson Tires
- VP Racing Fuels
- Todd’s Extreme Paint
- K&R Performance
- Aeromotive Fuel Systems
“This is something I have dreamed about since a kid,” Miller said. “Joining a list of people who are World Champions like Gary Stinnett, Scotty Richardson, Rampy, Austin Williams, and Luke Bogacki. It’s just so cool.”
Congrats to Ray Miller III and his family on their 2019 NHRA Super Comp Championship! The DragChamp team is very proud of you!
About the author: Megan Strassweg is a 21 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. Megan is a student at Western Kentucky University and is pursuing a degree in Photojournalism with plans to graduate in May 2020. Megan works at Jim Butner Auto in the Finance Department. Growing up at the racetrack, drag racing is all she has known and never plans to give up on it.