O'REILLY USCS DRIVER MICHAEL MILLER RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL FAYETTEVILLE, GA - O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series driver Michael Miller of Tallapoosa, GA was released from Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, TN yesterday. ...
O'REILLY USCS DRIVER MICHAEL MILLER RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL
FAYETTEVILLE, GA - O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series driver Michael Miller of Tallapoosa, GA was released from Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, TN yesterday. Miller is now resting at home after surviving a violent crash last Sunday night at Clarksville Speedway in Clarksville, TN on the first lap of the 30-lap O'Reilly USCS feature race.
"I still feel pretty bad, but I'm going to be O.K.," Miller said. "The doctor said I have a bruise on my brain about the size of a half-dollar, but that it is going to heal itself. I'm going to be out of the race car for three to four weeks, but the crash hasn't spoiled my desire to drive a race car. I still want to race, and get back on the horse that threw me."
The 2000 O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year was coming down for the green flag at the start of the main event when he tangled with another car sending his winged outlaw sprint car into a series of snap rolls that went for the length of the front straightaway of the ¼-mile clay oval.
"I don't remember anything about the crash, but the doctors told me that was pretty common when you get a concussion," Miller said. "I've had people tell me it's probably a good thing that I don't remember the crash because they tell me it was pretty violent."
Miller actually walked away from the crash under his own power, but right after the race, he became ill and collapsed in the pit area. Track medical personnel immediately ordered a medivac helicopter, as Miller's vital signs became seriously unstable. Miller was airlifted to Vanderbilt where doctors ran tests and evaluated Miller.
Miller said he will be at the O'Reilly USCS events this weekend at North Alabama Speedway in Tuscumbia, AL on Friday night, and at Columbus Speedway in Columbus, MS on Saturday night to watch the races, and to thank everyone for their concern of him.
"I can't wait to get back to the race track to see everyone and to thank them for their phone calls, thoughts, and concerns about me while I was in the hospital," Miller said. "I had people that I barely knew calling to ask how I was doing. I feel pretty lucky to be able to do just that because from what everyone tells me, I was in pretty bad shape for awhile. I guess God was watching over me last Sunday night."
While Miller heals from his concussion, he and car owner Johnny Williamson have already begun repairing the race car. Even though he's still hurting from the crash, Miller's attitude is good about coming back.
"The race car wasn't really hurt that bad, and we've started repairing it to go racing again when I'm well enough," Miller said. "I look at this as a minor setback. Now I'm determined to come back, work my way up through the points, and get back into the top ten."
Miller is currently third in the O'Reilly USCS Southern Thunder Tour points, and is likely to miss at least three races in that regional series. Miller is ninth in the O'Reilly USCS Mid-South Thunder Tour points, and 11th in the series National point standings.