Just six weeks after not knowing when he was going to race again, Ray Miller III took home the Super Comp trophy, his first NHRA Gatornationals Wally.
Just six weeks ago, Miller was very sick and under doctor’s care at the hospital. He wasn’t even sure if he was going to able to attend the Gators this year, so that made the win even more special to him and his family.
In the first round of eliminations, Miller and opponent Michael Handras were just a coinflip apart on the tree, .012 to .014, but Handras took too much stripe to break out 8.890. Miller went a 9.010 to advance to the next round.
Miller took the second-round win after having the starting line advantage, .014 to .039, over opponent Joey Cambria. Ray-Ray ran an 8.880 while Cambria ran an 8.872, breaking out more giving the win to Miller.
The second-round victory gave Miller the third-round bye, advancing him to round four.
Miller and Lauren Freer squared up in the fourth round of eliminations. He had a huge starting line advantage over Freer and never trailed for the victory, running an 8.935 causing Freer to breakout by .025.
Miller faced a name you don’t normally see in the Super Comp ranks, Troy Williams Jr., in the semifinals. Williams, being the successful racer he is, threw a .004 reaction time at Miller in hopes of advancing to the final round.
Knowing he had to be on his A-game, Miller let go an .000 reaction time and ran 8.905 to advance to his 16th career final round.
The final two racers remaining were Ray-Ray and Ken Moses. Moses raced past racers like Greg Kamplain and Troy Coughlin Jr. to make it to the final round.
In typical World Champion Ray Miller fashion, he threw a .012 package down for Moses to contend with. It ended up being too much, giving Miller the win. This was his eighth NHRA Wally and his first at the Gators.
Congrats to Ray Miller III and his family on their latest victory!
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.