Vinnie Miller

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Vinnie Miller
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Miller at Road America in 2018
BornVance Matthew Miller
(1997-08-16) August 16, 1997 (age 22)
Metamora, Michigan
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
56 races run over 3 years
Car no., teamNo. 78/5 (B. J. McLeod Motorsports)
2018 position27th
Best finish27th (2018)
First race2017 TheHouse.com 300 (Chicagoland)
Last race2019 Food City 300 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
1 race run over 1 year
2017 position83rd
Best finish83rd (2017)
First race2017 Fred's 250 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of August 16, 2019.

Vance Matthew "Vinnie" Miller[1] (born August 16, 1997) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 78/5 Chevrolet Camaro/Toyota Supra for B. J. McLeod Motorsports. He has previously driven for JD Motorsports in the Xfinity Series, Bolen Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, MDM Motorsports in the K&N Pro Series East and the ARCA Racing Series, and Wauters Motorsports in the CARS Super Late Model Tour.

Racing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

After starting racing with quarter midgets at age five,[2] Miller spent his formative years racing on Michigan short tracks,[3] some being the same as Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones.[4] He focused on Owosso Speedway, driving late models.[2] Miller also competed in super late models, Pro All Stars Series, New Smyrna Speedway's Speedweeks and the 602 Tour.[5]

In 2015, he signed with Wauters Motorsports to run super late models in the CARS Super Series, PASS Late Model Series and the Southern Super Series.[6] During the CARS series, Miller split his time between Wauters and Crooks Racing, scoring a best finish of twelfth at Concord Speedway with Crooks.[7] He drove for his own team in 2016, only finishing one of his five CARS attempts.[8]

Developmental series[edit]

Miller signed with MDM Motorsports for a limited ARCA Racing Series schedule in 2017.[2] The pairing came about through Miller's agent, whom he raced with in Michigan for five years.[9] In six races he scored four top tens, two coming on short tracks and two coming on superspeedways.[10] During his home race at Michigan International Speedway, he would start from the front row and lead laps for the first time in ARCA competition, leading six in total before being involved in an accident with Riley Herbst while the two were racing for the lead.[10] Miller also competed in six races for MDM in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, scoring top tens in both races at South Boston Speedway.[11]

NASCAR[edit]

Miller in the JD Motorsports car in 2018

Miller signed with JD Motorsports for his NASCAR debut, which would come in the Xfinity Series in the No. 0 car replacing regular driver Garrett Smithley at Chicagoland Speedway.[12][5] He finished 29th, seven laps down.[13] Later on, Miller signed with Bolen Motorsports to make his Camping World Truck Series debut at Talladega Superspeedway.[14] He avoided a last-lap wreck to score a seventh-place finish, tying the best finish for the team up to that point.[15]

On November 28, 2017, it was announced that Miller would become the full-time driver of JD Motorsports' No. 01 entry in 2018, inheriting the ride driven by Harrison Rhodes in 2017.[16][17]

On September 22, 2018, it was announced that Miller left JD Motorsports and would join the No. 78 entry for B. J. McLeod Motorsports for the remaining six races of the season and a full schedule in 2019. The deal for 2019 had been worked out during the summer, and JDM team owner Johnny Davis granted Miller a release from his team to get acclimated to the BJMM team earlier.[18] Late in his rookie season, Miller highlighted road course racing as something he would like to improve at for his sophomore season.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Miller grew up residing in the town of Metamora, Michigan, and graduated from Brandon High School in the nearby town of Ortonville.[6] He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, boating, and snowmobiling when away from the racetrack.[9] He also enjoys golfing and diving.[19] He has stated that, were he not a race car driver, he would like to become a welder.[9]

He credits his late grandfather Vance Weedon and his grandmother Julie Weedon for getting him involved in racing and for being the biggest influences on his life.[19]

He currently resides in the town of Cornelius, North Carolina.[19]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2017 JD Motorsports 0 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL CLT DOV POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI
29
KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 73rd 8 [20]
2018 01 DAY
20
ATL
31
LVS
24
PHO
33
CAL
27
TEX
39
BRI
33
RCH
31
TAL
17
DOV
22
CLT
28
POC
31
MCH
25
IOW
31
CHI
27
DAY
19
KEN
29
NHA
27
IOW
29
GLN
35
MOH
36
BRI
32
ROA
27
IND
17
LVS
26
RCH
37
27th 279 [21]
0 DAR
37
B. J. McLeod Motorsports 78 Chevy CLT
31
DOV
25
KAN
22
TEX
27
PHO
36
HOM
40
2019 Toyota DAY
25
TAL
19
DAY
11
-* -* [22]
Chevy ATL
32
LVS
26
PHO
23
CAL
25
TEX
25
BRI
24
RCH
27
DOV
32
CLT
23
POC
25
MCH
28
IOW
32
CHI
29
KEN
25
NHA
27
IOW
20
GLN
36
BRI
21
ROA DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM
5 MOH
25

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts Ref
2017 Bolen Motorsports 66 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL
7
MAR TEX PHO HOM 83rd 01 [23]

K&N Pro Series East[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2017 MDM Motorsports 41 Toyota NSM
13
GRE BRI
16
SBO
10
SBO
3
MEM BLN TMP NHA
21
IOW
26
GLN LGY NJM DOV 13th 175 [24]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ARSC Pts Ref
2017 MDM Motorsports 8 Toyota DAY NSH
25
SLM TAL 28th 1020 [25]
41 TOL
9
ELK POC
10
MCH
10
MAD IOW
6
IRP POC WIN ISF ROA DSF SLM CHI KEN
13
KAN

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vinnie Miller Joins Crooks Racing". Crooks Racing. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  2. ^ a b c "Late model ace Vinnie Miller in for 6 ARCA races with MDM". ARCA Racing. February 8, 2017. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  3. ^ Weaver, Matt (November 28, 2017). "JD Motorsports names Vinnie Miller to full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series entry". Autoweek. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  4. ^ "Vinnie Miller to Drive No. 01 Jd Motorsports Nascar Xfinity Series Entry Full-time in 2018". JD Motorsports. November 28, 2017. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  5. ^ a b "Vinnie Miller to debut with JDM at Chicago". Jayski's Silly Season Site. September 12, 2017. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  6. ^ a b "Vinnie Miller to Make CARS Series Debut with Wauters Motorsports at Tri County Motor Speedway | Wauters Motorsports". www.wautersmotorsports.com. June 11, 2015. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  7. ^ "Driver Vinnie Miller 2015 CARS Super Late Model Tour Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  8. ^ "Driver Vinnie Miller 2016 CARS Super Late Model Tour Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  9. ^ a b c Hammock, Leon (2017-03-10). "Fender To Fender With Vinnie Miller". Working On My Redneck ™. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  10. ^ a b "Driver Vinnie Miller 2017 ARCA Racing Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  11. ^ "Driver Vinnie Miller 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  12. ^ "Vinnie Miller to make Xfinity debut this weekend at Chicagoland". NASCAR Talk. 2017-09-12. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  13. ^ "Driver Vinnie Miller 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  14. ^ "ARCA rookie Vinnie Miller to make NASCAR Truck debut at 'Dega". ARCA Racing. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  15. ^ "Vinnie Miller Survives Chaos to Earn Top 10 in Truck Series Debut". www.frontstretch.com. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  16. ^ Herbst, Alex (2017-11-29). "NASCAR: Vinnie Miller to join JD Motorsports in 2018". Beyond the Flag. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  17. ^ McCubbin, Ashley (November 28, 2017). "Vinnie Miller Set for Full XFINITY Series Schedule – POPULAR SPEED". www.popularspeed.com. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  18. ^ a b "#PETM165 - My Cousin Vinnie!". PETMpodcast.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  19. ^ a b c "Vinnie Miller – JD Motorsports". www.teamjdmotorsports.com. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  20. ^ "Vinnie Miller – 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  21. ^ "Vinnie Miller – 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  22. ^ "Vinnie Miller – 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  23. ^ "Vinnie Miller – 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  24. ^ "Vinnie Miller – 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  25. ^ "Vinnie Miller – 2017 ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.

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