Words by Paul Griffin
Images by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck and Texanne Racing
Last Weekend (Sat 14 Feb) Brayden Miller came from the depths of motor racing adversity to rocket across the line and take honours in Western Australia’s Limited Sprintcar Title.
Held at Bunbury’s Quit Speedway, the Limited’s were supporting their bigger 410 Open brothers who were staging their National Title.
Miller drove an inspiring race and took the State Title making it two years in a row – Just like Dave Murcott in the Opens……the only difference was that Murcott started from pole while Brayden Miller started 2nd row off the rear !
It was a mind blowing performance by 19 year old Miller who in the qualifying lead-up hadn’t accumulated the points the Team was hoping for thanks to a DNF in his 2nd heat after a massive roll over.
The wild ride going into turn 2 resulted in major damage to the car with a severely bent frame, destroyed front axle, “totalled” top wing and crushed front torsion bar tubes being just some of the more serious outcomes.
After that ill fated heat, the car was towed back to the pits and the Texanne Racing outfit sponsored by Lee’s Transport/Western Fleet Services/Creative Elegance went to work. The pace was frantic as the Team rushed to rebuild the car in an attempt to at least salvage a start in the Championship A-Main.
As the minutes ticked away, the dedicated crew managed to get the car back into some vague assemblence of a race car. It was a top effort as the car rolled to the staging area, albeit in a “Rough Diamond” configuration.
Miller was about to defend his title with a wildly bent frame, seized front suspension, no power steering, major panel damage, marginal brakes and the list goes on.
As Miller entered the clayway, his Team advised the young gun pilot “This is the best we can do with the old girl. It’s going to be a handful ….just drive it as best as you can. Find out where it sort of works and just stay there.”
And that is exactly what Miller did !
It was an ill handling dog of a car, but astonishingly, Miller started at the back, made the most of any vague opportunities and dialled in on where his beast would return the best lap times.
To his credit, Brayden chipped away and with a yellow displayed with just 6 laps remaining, he had incredibly worked himself into first place.
From that point Brayden simply cleared out and despite another yellow with 4 to go, he rocketed across the line a quarter of a lap ahead of Brad Cox and Gavin Davis.
A simply stunning performance and it really does remind us all once again of that old sporting adage…..never give up !
At the Victory presentations Miller was ecstatic with his victory and freely admitted that the charge through the field was one of his best drives of all time – especially with the injured car he had.
He thanked his Family, Crew and Sponsors including Lee’s Transport, Western Fleet Services and Creative Elegance Wedding Décor.
Miller expressed a personal tribute to Korey Lee from Lee’s Transport and underscored the fact that Korey was 100% behind the Team.
Miller went on the say “that racing and the fantastic results that the Team have enjoyed this season would not be possible without the awesome assistance from Lee’s Transport.
Well done Brayden “Highside Hammer” Miller !