Ray Miller III captures his first NHRA National Event win of the year at The Strip in Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The win was his seventh overall in national event competition.
LAS VEGAS, NV- After an extraordinary final round, well-known racer Ray Miller III took home the win in Super Gas at the Dodge NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was his first national event win of the year.
Unfortunately, Miller was claimed out on national events for his points, so his win did not count towards his championship points total. He is currently ranked third nationally in Super Gas and leads the national points standings in Super Comp with one race to go.
In the first round at LVMS, Miller lined up against long time racer Jason Kenny, who turned it -.005 red giving Miller the automatic win. Miller was .019 on the tree and ran right down broadway for the win.
Miller had the starting line advantage second round, .014 to an .039, and ran a 10.049 on a 10.05 index to continue his road to the finals. His opponent, Mike Ferderer, took too much stripe to break out more than Miller.
Third round, Miller ran Barney Barnhart, who posted a killer .000 reaction time, but took too much stripe to break out. Miller was .012 on the tree and ran a 10.043 to go onto the next round.
With the starting line advantage, Miller was able to take the win fourth round over Kevin Burnett. An .014 to an .036, and Miller ran closer to the dial in.
Rodger Sauder threw a .002 reaction time to Miller’s .013 in the fifth round of eliminations but took too much stripe to break out by a “thou” less than Miller. In a close one, Miller advanced to the final as he had to bye in the semifinals.
Miller’s 15th career final was one to remember. Just a coin flip apart at the tree (.001 to a .002), Miller ran 1320 feet down the track to run a 10.053 to Evan Kowalski’s 10.056. By .004, Ray Miller III was crowned the champion. Kowalski’s 8-pack would have won almost any Super Gas final this season, but it was not to be as Miller was just a little better to claim the win.
Congrats to Ray Miller III and his family on their latest victory!
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About the author: Megan Strassweg is a 22 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May of 2020 with a degree in Photojournalism and a minor in Entrepreneurship. 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.