Car owner Steve Miller began his supermodified career in 1971. Over the years, he has fielded many cars with many drivers and his car, nicknamed the Sweet Sixteen, has been a familiar site at Oswego, all over the northeast and in Canada.
But there was one place the team hadn’t visited over the five decades and that was victory lane.
Saturday night at the ISMA King of Wings at Oswego Speedway, that all changed. When Miller’s driver, Texan Paul White, couldn’t make the trip, Steve called Dave Gruel, whose non-winged number 50 was not running with a wing, and asked him to drive the uniquely designed blue 16.
The rest is history. Gruel jumped aboard, drove the car to a heat win and picked the second starting spot for the 50-lapper.
Gruel said later that he had one plan. To get out front and go hard. Fifty laps later, Steve Miller had his first career win as a car owner and Gruel, his first ISMA feature win. He definitely deserved the King of Wings title this night.