Brandon Miller wins Mesa Marin championship

Brandon Miller scores the 2002 Super Late Model championship and breaks track record. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (September 19, 2002) -- 20-year old NASCAR Super Late Model pilot Brandon Miller won his first ever Mesa Marin Championship after driving...

Brandon Miller scores the 2002 Super Late Model championship and breaks track record.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (September 19, 2002) -- 20-year old NASCAR Super Late Model pilot Brandon Miller won his first ever Mesa Marin Championship after driving to victory in Saturday night's 75-lap NASCAR Super Late Model Coors Light Challenge.  Miller had no problem disposing of all challengers behind the wheel of his # 68 Oakley/Lennox Industries Ford Taurus. As an added bonus for winning the championship, Miller won an all-expense-paid trip for two to the 2003 Daytona 500.

Miller also holds the title of being one of the fastest men around the ½ mile track, posting a record Super Late Model qualifying time of 18.663 seconds.  This was Miller's sixth pole for 2002. Setting a track record at Mesa Marin is quite the challenge.  The caliber of drivers that emerge from Mesa is world class and include current NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series pilots Ron Hornaday Jr. and Kevin Harvick.

"We're very proud of Brandon Miller's accomplishments this year," says Larry Collins, owner, Mesa Marin Raceway.  "Brandon and his team did a great job and are deserving of the championship.  There's no question that he is a great talent and is among the smoothest and most consistent drivers I've ever seen.  He has a very bright future in racing."

Miller is a regular at the challenging Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, California.  The track is home to Brandon's race shop and close to Cal State Bakersfield, where Miller takes a full course load.  "Mesa Marin is one of the best stock car racing tracks in existence," says Miller.  "I love the competition there, which makes my victories and this championship so much sweeter.  In addition I could not have done it without our crew chief Gary Collins, whose experience and insight really improved our program to championship caliber."

Miller's success in 2002 was due in part to supportive sponsors.  Both Lennox Industries, a premium manufacturer of residential and commercial heating and air conditioning equipment and related products, and Oakley, the high-performance apparel manufacturer, rode with Miller on the flanks of the #68 Taurus. "We're honored to have rode along with Brandon to his first championship," says Todd Hayes, Oakley Sports Marketing.  "We're convinced that this is just the beginning of his success and there will be many more championships to come."

About Brandon Miller and 2003 Plans
A lifetime race fan born into a racing family, Miller began racing go-karts at the age of 11.  After four U.S. National Championships and two years of European karting experience, Miller found a home driving stock cars.  In the 1999 through 2002 racing seasons driving Super Late Model stock cars in the southwest, Miller finished in the top ten 39 times and won 13 races.  Miller has also driven in four American Speed Association (ASA) races, a few NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series races and one Winston West race.

To wrap up the 2002 racing season, Miller will run the 25th Anniversary Mesa Marin October Classic on October 19th and 20th, hoping to win the $10,000 first prize.  For 2003, Miller plans to run the entire 2003 ASA season, his sights set on the rookie-of-the-year title.  Miller knows that the ASA, known for its short track competition and professional drivers, is the next step to his final destination - the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Brandon Miller