Junior Miller has long been known as the “King of the Modifieds” in the southeastern region of the United States. On Saturday night at Bowman Gray Stadium (NC), it appeared that his reign was coming to an end, or so it seemed. The King won his 74th race at the Madhouse and announced he was retiring in victory lane.
Now it appears that the 66-year-old Miller has changed his mind and is already returning from his short retirement.
“I’d been saying that when I win one I’ll quit,” Miller told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I was planning on doing it, but then all those fans told me they wanted me to come back, so I told them we’d be there. I was planning on it (retiring), but I had about 500 fans talk me back into it.”
The Winston-Salem native is a six-time champion at Bowman Gray Stadium. He also has seven Southern Modified Auto Racing Tour championships and two NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championships.
The win on Saturday night was Miller’s first win in more than three years. His last win came on June 7th, 2014. It was also his 74th win at Bowman Gray Stadium, which moved him back ahead of rival Burt Myers and into second-place on the all-time win list.
For those reasons, Miller had a tough time explaining just how special Saturday’s race win was for him.
“That win meant a whole lot,” said Miller. “I was tickled to death there.”
The fans at Bowman Gray Stadium love winners. The Myers Brothers, Tim Brown and even Danny Bohn (EDITORS NOTE: Bohn will race this coming Saturday.) have been soaring in popularity at the Stadium, because fans love winners.
But, even though Miller hadn’t won in a long while, it was clear that the fans still love Junior Miller.
“We used to have a good lot of fans when we won a lot of races. But we haven’t won in a while and everyone pulls for a winner. It dropped off for a while, but apparently it hasn’t dropped off too much. That made it worth coming back, that’s for sure.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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