CONCORD, N.C. — There is no one hotter in micro sprint racing than Joe B. Miller.
Miller has an amazing eight-race winning streak going in micro sprint competition. He extended the streak with a May 10 victory during the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series portion of the Belleville Bash at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill.
Winning eight straight races in any type of race car is difficult, but it may be even more difficult in micro sprints because of how close the competition is on a weekly basis. However, Miller — who has victories in POWRi (two), USCS (three) and weekly competition (three) — keeps finding ways to win.
“We started running early in the year with the USCS series,” Miller explained. “We won two in a row down there (in Tennessee) then we came back to Illinois and we ran some. We’ve been on a roll pretty well all year. We’ve won three USCS races, two POWRi races and a few local shows here and there. It has been going pretty well.”
The toughest competition according to Miller has come when he raced with POWRi, where he won the 2012 series championship.
“I think that is probably the toughest group in the country to run with,” Miller said. “At Jacksonville there were 44 cars and this past weekend at Belleville there were 39 micros. It is just tough competition all around. I feel like if you can run in the top three with those guys it is almost like a win.”
Miller has also been dabbling in 410 sprint car racing. He credited his recent success in micro sprint competition to the additional seat time in the 410 sprinter.
“We started running the sprint car some more and I think the sprint car has helped me with the speed aspect of it,” Miller explained.
Look for the Missouri native to make more and more sprint car starts as the season progresses. He has already entered two World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series races, missing out on making the feature at Jacksonville’s quarter-mile oval by one position on May 7.
“I picked up a ride with a guy last year running some local stuff. Then I went out and purchased my own car this past winter. It’s just kind of a family type deal,” Miller said. “We’re going to run it when we can. We’re on a pretty limited budget. I build my own motors for it. We’re just trying to pay the bills. We’ll get out there with the sprint car to run as much as we can.
“Just putting yourself out there with tougher competition helps you improve your game and helps push you past your comfort level. You’ve got to try different things to get faster and with those guys (the World of Outlaws) you are definitely pushing yourself,” Miller said.
Miller is hoping to run approximately 80 races this year between micro sprints and his 410 sprint car. He doesn’t plan to follow any particular series, instead picking and choosing which races to enter.
“We’re just kind of picking and choosing, just kind of running our own outlaw schedule,” Miller said. “We’ll run the mini sprint one night and then throw the sprint car in the trailer and run that the next night.”
With eight victories under his belt already this year, Miller is hoping to eclipse his win total of 19 from a year ago.
At this rate it won’t take him very long to do it.