ELDON, Mo. — So many laps led over the years. Finally, Joe B. Miller led the last one Saturday night at Lake Ozark Speedway for his first victory with the National Tour of the American Sprint Car Series.
The 166th different winner with the American Sprint Car Series, Joe became the 13th Missourian to win with the National Tour, joining names like Brian Brown, Danny Lasoski and Jesse Hockett to name a few.
Almost a spectator, Joe B. Miller borrowed an engine from Scotty Milan, as his is still getting worked on.
“I have to thank Scotty Milan,” Miller said. “We didn’t have an engine for this weekend, and he wasn’t able to come in, so I called and asked if I could use his, and he said go for it.”
Adding to his success across numerous divisions at Lake Ozark, Joe said, “We got the regional win, but we’ve been working on getting this National Tour win for a little bit. We’ve been hit and miss, so this is pretty cool. It’s a relief really. We were talking this week that we’ve been pretty good here in just about everything. We were just lacking the National Tour win.”
Getting the lead from the start, Miller had to fend of Seth Bergman with five laps to go. Moving just off the cushion, the Corridor Electric No. 23 was quick to Miller’s back bumper.
Pulling under the No. 51b off the fourth turn, Seth got next to Joe, but could not clear into the first turn. Going on the defense, Miller adjusted and held on for the win.
Slipping by for second on lap 22, Jason Martin posted his 20th career ASCS National podium finish. Pushing his podium streak to six on the season, Seth Bergman grabbed third. Moving up from 11th, Landon Britt crossed fourth, with Howard Moore fifth.
Feature (25 Laps): 1. 51B-Joe B Miller; 2. 36-Jason Martin; 3. 23-Seth Bergman; 4. 10-Landon Britt; 5. 3-Howard Moore; 6. 14E-Kyle Bellm; 7. 98P-Miles Paulus; 8. 95-Matt Covington; 9. 55B-Brandon Anderson; 10. 91-Michael Day; 11. 22S-Slater Helt; 12. 1JR-Steven Russell; 13. 71-Bradyn Baker; 14. 87J-Jace Park; 15. 6-Christopher Townsend; 16. 8M-Kade Morton; 17. 7C-Chris Morgan; 18. 45X-Kyler Johnson; 19. 14-Jordon Mallett; 20. 21-Gunner Ramey; 21. 52-Blake Hahn; 22. 77-Jack Wagner