KSP Trooper wins Top Cop Challenge at Kentucky Speedway

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22 September 2017 - Austin Theriault wins the Arca Crosley 150 race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY. (HHP/Gregg Ellman)

SPARTA, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State Police Major Scott Miller raced to the individual title in the fourth Magpul Top Cop Challenge at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday.

City of Cincinnati Police tandem of Officer Charles Knapp and Officer Alicia Bruewer took team honors.

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Bruewer paced the City of Cincinnati team to its first event title with a 157.39 mph. lap and joined Knapp in posting a best combined speed of 309.94 mph. Maj. Miller emerged atop a field of 16 officers representing eight jurisdictions with a 157.60 mph. lap to defend his individual title.

The speedway created the friendly competition to thank regional law enforcement for its efforts toward making the venue’s race events successful in addition to officers’ year-round public safety initiatives.

Officers representing the City of Cincinnati, Butler County, Ohio, Hamilton County, Ohio, Jeffersontown, Ky., Gallatin County, Ky., Oldham County, Ky., Kenton County, Ky., and the Kentucky State drove NASCAR Racing Experience cars for eight laps. Two-officer teams that generated the fastest cumulative time determined the team title. The officers with the three fastest individual times were eligible to race for Top Cop honors.

This year’s Top Cop Maj. Miller will be recognized during the NASCAR XFINITY Series VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway pre-race ceremonies Saturday, Sept. 24.

“It was another great year and I had fun,” said Maj. Miller. “It was a little different this year because you have to maintain the speed the whole time compared to last year you had to let off (the gas) in the corners then get back on the gas pedal. Here you had to really pace yourself better and figure out how to do it the whole time.”

The winning officers earned Magpul prizes, and the City of Cincinnati team also earned VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway tickets to be distributed to needy families in the team’s community.

“We are excited about distributing the tickets to needy families,” said Knapp. “It will be good to get them down here to experience Kentucky Speedway.”

The inaugural XFINITY Series VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway Chase race will conclude a two-race weekend that begins Friday, Sept. 23 with the ARCA Racing Series Crosley Brands 150. Both races begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets, campsites, and Fan Zone passes for the fall events can be purchased through www.kentuckyspeedway.com, by calling (859) 578-2300, downloading the speedways free mobile app or visiting the Kentucky Speedway ticket office at 1 Speedway Drive in Sparta, Ky., just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N.

PHOTO CAPTION LEFT TO RIGHT: Kentucky State Police Major Scott Miller, City of Cincinnati Police Officer Alicia Bruewer, City of Cincinnati Police Officer Charles Knapp, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac.

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