TRENTON, N.J. – Kenny Miller III, at 19 years of age, will be charging into Cure Insurance Arena for the third annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals on Feb. 21-22 with one thought in mind: outrun the field of big name invaders and his fellow 600cc Sprint regulars to take home the top prize.
Miller has been a winner at every step of his young career. A USAC.25 National Champion in quarter midgets, a 270cc Micro Sprint winner, an ARDC midget Rookie of the Year, and a 600cc Sprint feature winner. Even with all of that on his resume, 2019 was a break-out season for the fourth-generation racer.
Racing his family owned No. 23m, as he has for his entire career, the college sophomore recorded nine triumphs – the most he’s ever scored in one season of 600 Sprint competition.
More significantly, Miller topped the standings in wingless 600 competition at Pa.’s Greenwood Valley Action Track and at Championship Energy Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds.
All of that success has him pumped up and ready for battle in the upcoming East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals against many top name invaders from other racing divisions.
This will be Miller’s third start in the event held previously in December of 2017. The first two years he was still in high school and a member of the school’s varsity basketball team. He told the coach that he needed to attend a family wedding, out of state, so that he could be excused from practice to compete in the very first East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals.
Miller made it a memorable start, too, by finishing fourth in the second B-Main to qualify for the 40-lap feature. Miller then kept his nose clean and drove from 20th starting position to finish a nifty tenth on the tiny but ultra-competitive clay oval.
In the second running of the event, held in December of 2018, Miller was a freshman at Millersville University and on his holiday break from school. He was grouped into the Night Two field and won his heat race. Kenny finished third in his Qualifier race, just one spot out of a transfer into the A-Main. He finished third in one of the B-Mains on Saturday to qualify, but the A-Main proved to be quite the adventure.
Miller and Scott Kreutter took part in a very entertaining battle during the 50-lapper, but Kenny was also caught up in several tangles throughout the contest, and they relegated him to a 17th place finish.
Filled with the confidence gained by qualifying for both editions of the Indoor Dirt Nationals and an incredibly successful 2019 outdoor season, Miller is ready to attack this year’s event in Trenton.
“I don’t think as much anymore when I’m on the track,” Miller stated. “I just race hard and react to whatever happens. After running the Midget, I think, things slowed down when I got back in the 600. Everything seems to happen more slowly, even though we’re going pretty fast in these cars, and that allows me to kind of see what’s going to happen and react to it. I think that’s why I’ve been more successful in the last couple seasons.”
Miller is a driver who is looked up to by most, literally, in that he stands 6’5″.
The teenage two time ‘19 Micro track champion is among a huge field expected or the third annual East Coast Dirt Nationals. The number of entries accepted will be 100, as dictated by building space constraints.