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Miller ready for Little Valley's opener

When Bruce Miller is able to get his potent 360 Late Model to Little Valley Speedway over the years, chances are he will spend his post race moments posing in Victory Lane with the winning trophy and check.

Miller of Wellsville, who is very humble about his accomplishments, has won three of the last four races presented for the 360 Late Model class at Little Valley. The race he didn't win, he never had a shot at the victory and for very good reason -- he wasn't there.

Miller will be at Little Valley when the Cattaraugus County fast one-half mile oval opens its season Sunday evening. The race for the 360 Late Models is part of the traveling BRP Can-Am Series. The series is celebrating its 10th anniversary season.

"I guess I do well at Little Valley but I can't tell you exactly why," said Miller. "I know that it's my favorite track. Also, we have a great motor program. My dad [Dave Miller] builds great motors and Little Valley is a motor track.

"I think the configuration of the track suits my driving style but I'm not sure why because I'm not much good at evaluating driving styles and track configurations."

Last season, Miller won a non BRP Can-Am Series tour race at Little Valley on July 2 and then captured one of his biggest races of his career, the Brock Young Memorial on July 15, also at Little Valley, which was the BRP Can-Am Series' 100th race in their history. Both triumphs were accomplished in his primary No. 80 machine.

Then Miller's racing fortunes turned sour. After a tough run of double car trouble, with not just his primary No. 80 machine in late July but also with his dad's backup No. 40 entry in late August, Miller was forced to miss the Labor Day Weekend event at Little Valley.

Once he got the No. 40 machine back in action he won two more BRP Can-Am Series events, Sept. 9 at Merrittville Speedway and the season finale at Little Valley.

For his career, Miller has won five of the 16 BRP Can-Am Series tour races contested at Little Valley since 2003. Miller owns eight career BRP Can-Am Series wins and two Little Valley titles (2008, 2010)

In the 2012 BRP Can-Am Series opener April 28 at Woodhull Raceway, Miller placed second to John Waters in a strong 24 car feature race starting field.

> Pit stops

* The Western New York Heroes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a positive difference for this area's disabled veterans and troops is teaming up with Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex this Saturday to host a day of recognition for these heroes as it will be Memorial Day Weekend.

Chris Kreiger, an Iraq War veteran, Purple Heart recipient and the founder and president of Western New York Heroes will be honored at Holland just prior to Saturday night's NASCAR-sanctioned race card. A special race for veterans will also take place.

"We feel honored and privileged to host this event for those who gave so much to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy in our great nation," said Holland general manager Tim Bennett.

WNY Heroes is asking all veterans, police officers, fire, community and business officials to support the event at Holland. Call Kreiger at 716-630-5020 or go to www.wnyheroes.com for more information.

* Last season, due to the extremely wet spring, Ransomville Speedway was not able to complete a single feature race for their headlining 358 Modified division in the month of May, 2011.

What a difference this year's much drier and warmer spring season has made at the Niagara County dirt surfaced oval as the track's management will look to present its fourth consecutive race this May when the 358 Modifieds battle in a 50-lapper this Friday.

* Many area race fans are familiar with veteran announcer and race official Al Robinson. Robinson suffered a stroke on May 11, 2011 and continues to recover. He has been in an assisted living facility during his long road back to health.

"I was sitting at my table having breakfast and I felt my left leg going numb," Robinson recalled of that day. "I knew I had to call 911 and they responded within 10 minutes. I never lost consciousness. I've been in rehab ever since but I'm using a walker now and I've been able to stand unassisted for 15 minutes. I'm looking forward to getting back in the real world in a few weeks. I'll be at a few races for sure real soon."

> Correction

The local Northeast Division National Racing official referred to in this past Monday's Western New York Auto Racing Column should have been identified as Williamsville's Phil Henderson, not Paul Henderson as appeared in the story.

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