Jeremy Miller was happy to return to victory lane on Friday night at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin. The defending Triple Crown Series champion took home the checkered flag in Round Two of the three-race Super Late Model Series.
Miller started fourth in the 50-lap feature event on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile Oval. By lap 10, he got by Austin Nason for second and set his eyes on early leader Nick Murgic.
On lap 23, Miller caught up to Murgic’s bumper and as the two went into turn three, Miller gave Murgic a big push into the corner, sending Murgic up into the upper groove allowing Miller to slip by and take the lead coming out of turn four.
Murgic would retire from the race four laps later with rear brakes issues.
Miller would pull out to a big lead as behind him, Paul Shafer Jr. got by Nason for the second spot on lap 33.
Shafer would cut into Miller’s two second lead, and with five laps to go was able to sneak up to his back bumper.
But Miller was too strong and held off the fast qualifier for the victory with Dennis Prunty right behind Shafer for third.
“I didn’t mean to hit Murgic that hard to loosen him up, I will go and apologize to him,” Miller said in victory lane. “The car was real loose in the middle during the long run. He (Shafer) was coming in a hurry and that was all I had. I am glad it was only 50 laps tonight.”
Shafer was pleased with his effort on Friday night. He came within 0.053 seconds of the Super Late Model track record in qualifying and started eighth to come home with a second-place run.
In the race, he felt like he missed an opportunity to get by Miller in the early going and had to chase him down in the end.
“We had a really good car, Chris (Purdy, crew chief) set me up with probably the best car we have had all year. I know Jeremy wouldn’t argue with it either, but we had the best car out there,” Shafer told Speed51.com powered by JEGS after the race. “Earlier in the race when Jeremy went by Casey Johnson and Bobby Kendall, he went by them and I missed the hole to get underneath them. They closed the gap and it took me a little longer to get by them. By that time, Jeremy was gone and I had to track him down and there weren’t enough laps.”
Prunty would finish third with Johnson in fourth and Nason in fifth.
Going in the final event on Friday, August 19, Casey Johnson holds a nine-point lead over Jeremy Miller in the standings. Austin Nason is third only 11 points back.
Johnson said they will be ready for the finale.
“We need to finish in the top three,” Johnson said. “I know Miller has a good car and he will bring everything he’s got, and we need to make a couple tweaks and get it up there.”
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Super Late Model Triple Crown Round #2 Results
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