|Dustin Miller (left) celebrates with his daughter, Logan Miller who raced away with a Junior Dragster 2 championship this season.
Logan Miller, 13, daughter of Dustin and Jennifer Miller of London, claimed her first drag racing championship this season at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio.
The London Middle School eighth-grader raced in the Junior Dragster 2 class for 10- to 12-year-olds (at start of season) as part of the JEGS ET Series. Junior dragster racers build up points throughout an 11-race season, just as the adults do in their full-size cars.
In her fourth full season, Miller entered the final race on Oct. 5 with a narrow points lead; two other competitors had a mathematical chance to take it. Miller didn’t let that happen, ending all possibilities when she took out the second-place competitor in the semi-finals.
On the season, Miller had one win, four runner-up finishes and two more appearances in the semis out of about 12 regular racers in the JD2 class.
Her exposure to racing came through her father and her grandfather, Dick Miller. She also was inspired by the Disney movie, “Right on Track,” about junior dragster racer Erica Enders.
Miller’s junior dragster covers the eighth-mile in 8.90 seconds and reaches about 74 miles per hour. Just as in the pro ranks, Miller has the help of sponsors, which this season included Go-Paws Animal Services & Transport, Advance Auto Parts of London, and Malco Detailing Products.
|Dustin Miller checks on his daughter, Logan, as she prepares to race. The active teenager also plays on the London Elite traveling volleyball team and the London Middle School eighth-grade volleyball team. See more photos on the Messenger’s Web site.
|Logan Miller speeds down the track.