Miller sprints to IMCA RaceSaver East Coast Nationals win

Chris Miller led every lap in winning the inaugural East Coast Nationals Chad Hyatt Memorial main event and $2,000 Saturday night at Atomic Speedway. (Photo by Nate’s Racing Photos)

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (April 27, 2024) – The fourth time was a charm Saturday night for Chris Miller.

The Chillicothe speedster was first across the stripe every lap of the inaugural East Coast Nationals Chad Hyatt Memorial, collecting a $2K IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car payday at hometown Atomic Speedway.

“This has been a race we’ve had our eves on for a while, but it got rained out twice last year and again last week,” Miller explained following his first checkers in three Ohio Thunder Sprint Series starts so far in 2024. “To pick up the win means a lot. We’ve been focused on this race for a while.”

Miller had run second in his heat and posted the second fastest time before lining up outside pole for the headline 30-lapper.

Owen Timm was briefly ahead before Miller regained the lead in lapped traffic. The final caution came with eight circuits to go and defending series champion Wyatt Justice made the race to the finish a close one after Miller got stuck on the lower line.

Justice, Timm, Rod Henning and Bradley Galeridge completed the top five.

Hyatt, a RaceSaver driver and race director for the Ohio Thunder series, had died had last August at the age of 54.

“He put a lot of work into his car and into this series. He was very passionate about it,” Miller said. “It’s a pretty cool thing to win this race. It means a lot to us. The beginning of the year as been a little bit challenging fighting engine and car issues.”

Drivers from Ohio as well as Pennsylvania and Indiana contended Saturday at Atomic.

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