Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals
Dejected Millican misses lineup after one qualifying attempt
So, instead of competing in Sunday’s 16-car eliminations, they’ll be loading up the Hope4Sudan/Motorvation dragster and beginning preparations for the next stop – at Firebird Raceway in
The rain that kept drivers on the sidelines since Thursday returned again Saturday, but subsided long enough for the pro categories to get a lone attempt. Millican’s car shook the tires and he pedaled the throttle twice to see if he could get it to hook up, but his 5.142-second time at 144.84 mph wasn’t quick enough to solidify a place in the top 16.
“This is not a fun way to start the season,” said the dejected Millican after the day’s final downpour doused the last qualifying session. “It is very disappointing.
“It was good to get in our first run of the season,” he added. “It is always hard for the driver to get on that roller coaster ride when he hasn’t been on it for awhile. I would’ve shut (the engine) off if it was a regular run, but I tried to see if it would run better down the track.”
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