Terry McMillen victory, Glen Cromwell promotion highlight big NHRA week
There were two big winners who emerged from the NHRA Toyota Nationals last weekend in Las Vegas, on and off the drag strip.
On Sunday afternoon, in his 195th start at drag racing’s top level, Terry McMillen registered his first Top Fuel dragster victory after Brittany Force fouled at the start. He covered the 1,000 foot in 3.870 seconds at 253.99 mph to become the sanctioning body’s 104th different winner in the class.
The other event winners were Matt Hagen in Funny Car; Pro Stock’s Greg Anderson and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle. The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship will conclude next weekend at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona’s Fairplex.
Two days later, at the annual SEMA Show breakfast in Las Vegas, Glen Cromwell was introduced as the next NHRA president. Next season he will replace Peter Clifford, who was elevated to chief operation officer.
While Cromwell’s promotion came as a slight surprise to many, McMillen produced lots of smiles and happy emotion with his effort. He defeated Richie Crampton, Clay Millican and Shawn Langdon before taking out Force.
“This is the stuff you dream of as a small kid,” McMillen said in the post-race press conference. “To have that opportunity to go out there and get that win is truly an amazing feeling. Hats off to my crew.
“This is the first time in a long time where the turn arounds were really quick, and they turned around that car flawlessly. The car was really quick on the starting line, lights were good and it all just fell into place.”
Heading to the Pomona finale, points leaders are Steve Torrence in Top Fuel, Robert Hight in Funny Car, Anderson in Pro Stock and Krawiec in PSM. Force and Doug Kalitta trail Torrence by 20 and 84 points, respectively. Funny Car […]