- The NHRA Mile High Nationals wasn’t kind to Terry McMillen, driver of
AMALIEⓇ Motor Oil XTERMIGATORⓇ Top Fuel Dragster and his team this
weekend. The opening round loss to Brittany Force only
amplified McMillen’s frustration in his quest to get his team into the
Countdown. He remains less than two rounds behind the coveted 10th
spot with just four races remaining.
weekend started wrong for us and just kept getting tougher from there,”
McMillen said. When the team arrived Thursday they found their
transporters sinking into the asphalt, in danger of tipping. They spent
Thursday re-leveling the trucks with the help of the Denver Fire
Department, the NHRA and Bandimere Track personnel.
track officials and the
NHRA were very considerate and helpful in trying to get us a safe
environment to work from,” McMillen said. “It was just an unfortunate
circumstance that started us out on the wrong foot and it never really
got any better from there.”
In the rain delayed first round of qualifying McMillen’s troubles continued. “The throttle hung open on the burnout and I couldn’t get the car to stop. I finally just had to shut it off”, McMillen explained. The team sat out the late second qualifying session in hopes of finding and eliminating any more issues.
In the final qualifying
session, McMillen and crew thought they had a run going that would
qualifying position. “We were a little slow at the step,” McMillen
explained. “Then the car really started to get after it. Then it
picked up the front end about 500 feet and when it got about two or
three feet off the ground and drifting towards the center line, I
thought it might
be a good idea to lift.”
“I just told our guys we
were going to have to treat Denver like Vegas,” McMillen said.
“What happens here, stays here. Lets leave all this here, head back to
sea-level conditions and fight our way back into the top 10.”
next race is in Sonoma, California with qualifying on Friday and
Saturday July 29 and 30th. Sunday’s eliminations will be broadcast live