Alamo native Leigha Miller used three race wins during the season to help propel her to a Division 7 championship in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Jr. Drag Racing League.
An eighth-grader at Stone Valley Middle School, Miller finished the 10-race season this summer on top of the standings in the 13-14 years old class with 515 points, better than all 42 other qualifying racers in the Pacific division and 65 points ahead of second place.
"Why me? I can't comprehend that I won," Miller said by email. "I never thought I could really win the championship. There are so many fierce, more experienced competitors than me."
"Now that I won, it still hasn't occurred to me that I did it. I am the 2016 Division 7 champion," the 13-year-old added.
Miller, who logged more than 10,000 miles traveling to and from racing venues during the season, won races in Arizona, Sacramento and Irwindale. She also earned three third-place and four fourth-place finishes.
"When Leigha put together her log book at the beginning of the season, she wrote 'First year in 13-14 yr old class' and 'This is my year,' and she made good on her goal," said Dean Miller, her father and coach.
"Leigha knows how big of an accomplishment she had, especially knowing of all the good racers she had to get through to get the championship," Dean Miller added.
The Alamo teen is set to be honored during a league ceremony in Las Vegas in December, Dean Miller said.
Leigha Miller's team is working to rebuild her car this fall and then begin practicing for the 2017 season in mid-December. She is set to start her title defense in February.
During a typical race, she reaches speeds of around 85 mph over about 7.9 seconds at the one-eighth-mile distance, according to her father.