Hunter Miller’s John Penton GNCC Pro UTV Race Report
Greenville, TX (6/2/2018) – Hunter Miller drove his Can-Am Maverick to a second-place finish in the UXC1 Pro Turbo UTV class at the John Penton GNCC at Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, OH. In the process, Miller extended his lead in the championship to 17 points with his fourth consecutive podium finish.
Like many other drivers, Miller changed his strategy when it rained just prior to the start of the UTV race. He took second at the start, and used the superior grip of his Maxxis tires to negotiate the slick conditions. After falling back to fourth on the second lap, he recovered to challenge for the lead until the final lap.
“The Maxxis Tires were better than everyone else’s stuff,” said Miller. “They were hooking up and that was a big part of Kyle Chaney and my results. The Can-Am X3, with the way it puts power to the ground, and the Maxxis Tires are a great combination. We had a lot more traction than anyone else.”
Miller had hoped to possibly contend for a win here. After the rain, tough, he fell back to run consistent times and stay on the podium. Though he hasn’t won a race yet this season, his consistency is unmatched.
“I came into this weekend thinking the track was a lot like home,” said Miller. “I planned to come out hard and go for the win. Then the rain hit, and I changed my plans. It’s all about staying consistent now. As long as I’m on the podium in the last two rounds, we should be in good shape. If I get a win, that’s great, but right now it’s all about the championship.”
A big part of that consistency has come from testing and tuning his Elka shocks. With the assistance of George White, Miller has had his handling dialed in at every race this season.
“George White and I did a good bit of testing and that made a big difference,” said Miller. “George and Elka shocks have been a huge part of our consistency this season. Every race, the car gets better and better.”
GNCC now heads into its summer break. Miller will take that time to strip down his Can-Am and get it ready for the last two races.
“We have the long summer break and I’m going to take my time to completely rebuild this car,” said Miller. “I’m going to get everything prepped and ready for those last two rounds.”
Miller will return to the GNCC Series when it runs its next UTV race at Powerline Park in St. Clairsville, OH. That race is scheduled for October 13-14.
Hunter Miller 2018 sponsors:
Can-Am, DWT, Maxxis, S3 Powersports, SSI Decals, Louis Powersports, HMF Exhaust, Hess Motorsports, Evans Coolants, Keller Balljoints, Tireballs, Gates, Evolution Motorsports, Factory UTV, Sparco, ELKA, Double E Racing, TiLube, EKS Brand Goggles, DP Brakes