Just like he has done his entire career, Allen Karnes had a goal and kept digging.
Late in the Rumble by the River 125 at Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL), Karnes drew closer and closer to Super Late Model ace Augie Grill. With a handful of laps left, Karnes guided his No, 47 machine under, by and away from Grill.
“Butch Miller is going to turn this program around,” said Karnes. “He is a wealth of knowledge and with his help, we are going to run in the top five a lot more often.”
It’s easier to name what Butch Miller hasn’t won, than to list his accomplishments. Among Miller’s triumphs are three Winchester 400 victories, two All-American 400’s, two Florida Governor Cups, the 1987 Snowball Derby and more than 50 ASA National Tour wins.
Karnes met Miller for the first time years ago, and a lasting friendship formed through years of racing the short tracks of America.
“The first time I ever met Butch was in Monroe, Washington at Evergreen Speedway about 29 years ago,” Karnes said. “To have him as my crew chief now, is just mind blowing. He is just a great guy. Ask anyone here, and they will tell you. He’s encouraging and he knows what he’s doing. I’m excited to have him.”
Miller arrives at Karnes’ Georgia shop a few days prior to every Southern Super Series event and tweaks the car in anticipation of the weekend’s venue.
Having Miller, a man that has literally seen it all, on his crew has put new energy in Karnes and has him excited to go the race track every single weekend,
“We have had fast cars the last couple of years, and haven’t gotten any results to show for it,” Karnes said. “We are working on a few communication things right now, and we will be really tough as the year rolls on.”
Next up for Karnes, Miller and the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco will be a visit to South Alabama Speedway in Kinston, Alabama on July 9.
-By Ryan McCollough, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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