McMillen wins first NHRA race just days after getting married in Las Vegas

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Amalie Motor Oil Top Fuel Dragster pilot Terry McMillen can finally say he won an NHRA race. He won the 17th annual Toyota NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday.

He defeated Brittany Force to capture his first career Wally. McMillen has been competing in the NHRA since 2010 in an attempt to claim his first Wally.

Amalie Motor Oil Top Fuel Dragster pilot Terry McMillen racing on Sunday at the Toyota NHRA Nationals
Terry McMillen racing on Sunday at the Toyota NHRA Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

The Indiana native went 3.870 at 253.99 mph to get the win. Force went red, which automatically gave McMillen the win.

She was -0.063 early.

“This is the stuff you dream of as a small kid,” McMillen said. “To have that opportunity to go out there and get that win is truly an amazing feeling. Hats off to my crew.”

This has been a good week for McMillen. Before the event, he got married.

In prior events, Force held a 15-1 advantage over McMillen, according to Drag Race Central. In addition, she was 1-0 against McMillen in the lone prior final round.

McMillen went down the groove to get the win. He secured his first Wally in his second final round appearance this season.

He has now appeared in three career final rounds in the NHRA after making the switch from the IHRA in 2010.

Force, despite the loss, is in second place in the points. She is trailing points leader Steve Torrence by 20 points in the race for the championship.

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