Farmingdale resident Roger Miller has an interesting hobby. On weekends he drag races his 1969 Pontiac Firebird.
Miller has been racing for 22 years and enjoys the sport for "the speed" but over the years, he's won an impressive number of trophies and racing awards. Most recently he won Top Street class Trophy at the Englishtown, N.J., race this past weekend and two weeks ago he won a race in Reading, Pa.
He says his biggest win, though, was winning the "King of the Track" trophy and title in 2009. "For one year at Englishtown, every time I raced, they would announce me as the King of the Track," Miller says.
Races are based on many factors, Miller says, not just who crosses the finish line first. "It actually depends on the skill of the driver and being consistent," Miller says.
Miller says one of the greatest disappointments he and fellow racecar drivers face is that all of the race tracks on Long Island have closed and so to continue racing he has to travel out of state. "There used to be three drag tracks on Long Island, right now there's none, so if you want to do drag racing, you have to travel," Miller says.