If there are two things Darlington Raceway is known for, it's excellent racing and paint schemes that give homage to NASCAR's illustrious past. Whether the throwback paint scheme is that of a sponsor or for a driver, racing fans new and old are always in for a treat, as well as a small history lesson when the Darlington race rolls around.
Last year, the 07 of SS-Green Light Racing's throwback paint scheme - driven by Ray Black Jr - paid respect to Co-Owner Bobby Dotter. This year the number, driver, and Co-Owner are all the same; with one significant addition, Butch Miller.
Henry "Butch" Miller of Coopersville, MI is one of the most successful short track racers to ever grace the stock car circuit. He made himself known in the now-defunct AC-Delco American Speed Association, leading over 10,000 laps and winning the ASA Championship three times (back-to-back in 1987 and 1988, and then again in 1994). He's also raced in all three top tiers of NASCAR. Butch Miller holds the record for the closest margin of victory in a Craftsman Truck Series race at .0001 of a second.
NASCAR has a way of bringing people together, Butch and Bobby Dotter included. Not only did Butch drive for Bobby, he became an integral part of Bobby's team. There, he was crew chief as well as an advisor for the developmental drivers that came on board. In 2011, Miller was on top of the pit box when the team won a $75,000 race in North Wilksboro.
However, not all wins involve a checkered flag. Butch was the one to introduce Bobby to Ken Smith, the other Co-Owner of SS-Green Light Racing. "Without Butch's help through the years, this team wouldn't have been nearly as successful," Bobby Dotter said of Miller's influence. "If Butch hadn't introduced me to Ken [Smith], who knows where I'd be today. The late model team was based out of Indianapolis when Ken partnered with me, but soon moved to North Carolina to become SS-Green Light Racing. Again, none of this would have ever happened without Butch."
The paint scheme being run this weekend at Darlington is a nod to the winning car Butch Miller drove in 1985 and 1986. "The rendering came out so well. Everyone at SS-Green Light Racing is excited to see the MSW Spyders 07 Camaro take to the track Friday," Bobby added. "Thank you never seems like enough. Putting one of Butch's paint schemes on our car this weekend is a way to show my eternal gratitude with more than just words."
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