PARAGOULD, Ark. – After a short winless drought, the mini-sprint world was turned back right-side up Thursday night for Joe B. Miller.
Miller, the Millersville, Mo. native and perennial USCS www.rockauto.com 600 Sprint Series contender, bolted away from Todd McWilliams on a green-white-checkered finish during the 20-lap micro sprint feature portion of the 3rd Annual “Rumble at the Ridge” at Crowley’s Ridge Raceway to notch a dominating victory.
Miller led all 20 laps of the A-main en route to his fourth win of the 2014 season and sixth career USCS 600 victory, which puts him in sole possession of fifth on the all-time series win list.
“We were just hooked up tonight,” Miller said in Victory Lane. “The bottom worked real well for us on that last restart and we just took off. It was kinda nice to not have to fight off the hounds for once,” Miller laughed.
The event was slowed by caution five times, but the most serious incident came on lap 16, when Travis Senter caught the wheel of a lapped car and went flipping wildly down the backstretch, causing the fourth yellow and only red-flag period of the night. In a testament to the safety of the cars and equipment, Senter walked away uninjured.
Following that incident, the race’s final caution came at lap 18 when the No. 25 of Dennis Tucker Jr. spun in turn four to set up the dash to the finish.
McWilliams, from Conway, Arkansas came home in the runner-up spot, with driver Dusty Young completing the podium in third. Poplar Bluff Speedway winner and Caruthersville, Mo., native B.J. Gatewood finished fourth, and defending USCS 600 Sprint Series champion Sean Hosey rounded out the top five.