Ray Miller
Class of 2002

Ray Miller grew up around race cars. His father teamed with Red Lataille to own the #1 Lataille/Miller Offy, which ran out of the Miller's garage in East Granby, CT. Ray's dad ran the ARDC circuit, often racing 7 nights per week, and finished 2nd to Nick Fonoro, Sr. in 1950. Ray's dad raced in the 1940s and '50s. Ray competed from the 1960s into the '80s, and Ray's son, Jay started racing in the '90s and into the current decade, continuing a tradition that has seen the 3 generations of Millers racing over the last seven decades.

Ray graduated from the University of Bridgeport in 1965, and ran his first race that spring, running a modified at the Plainville Stadium. Over the next decade, he drove for owners Bill Myers and Guy Sweatland. By 1966, Miller was racing at Riverside Park, and also ran on the dirt at Stafford. He continued at Stafford the following year, when it was paved, and considered Stafford to be his "home track" until his retirement in 1986. One of Ray's many career highlights was his 10th place finish in the 1971 NASCAR National Modified points standings.

By the early 1980s, Ray was a winning regularly at Stafford and Riverside, driving the familiar Rainbow Farm #01 for owner Mike Greci. He also won a Thompson 300, and finished 3rd in the Pocono Race of Champions. Ray drove the Bill Simons #9 to victories at area tracks, including a prestigious Mod Tour victory at the Waterford Speedbowl in 1985.

These days, Ray spends his time supporting his son Jay's racing efforts, as he continues the Miller tradition begun by Ray's father.

We welcome Ray Miller into NEAR's New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame.