LAS VEGAS — After making the fifth best pass of the afternoon qualifying session, Terry McMillen looked forward to adding a little more treat than trick to his second attempt during the Halloween evening session at the ACDelco NHRA Nationals. McMillen’s first pass in 1,000 foot NHRA competition and his first pass down the Las Vegas Strip, gave his Amalie Oil sponsored team hope of a keeping pace in the crowded 23 car field.
“We were pretty excited to come out here and run that 3.91 on what amounted to a baseline, shakedown run for our car,” McMillen explained. “We knew we had some room to make the car a lot better with just a few minor changes.” While McMillen’s second attempt of 4.08 elapsed time didn’t improve on his prior run, it was still the 10th fastest pass of the evening session.
“We’re in Vegas,” McMillen chuckled. “We gambled a little on that run and it didn’t pay off like we planned.”
“We’re not far off from where we need to be,” McMillen said. “We’ve got two more tries to get this car into the top half of the field. It’s not going to be easy. There’s still a lot bad hot rods behind us. Hey, this is NHRA drag racing. You’ve got to bring your “A” game if you want to hang around here and race awhile. Our crew did and outstanding job of getting us this far and they’re up for the challenge.”