McMillen Suffers Disheartening First Round Loss At Stanton

STANTON, Mi. - Terry McMillen understands that drag racing often picks and chooses when good fortunes come your way. The 47-year old, electrical engineer from Elkhart, Ind., had the misfortune of falling in the first round to Larry Dobbs.

The season has been a blessing for the Valley Screen Imaging-sponsored driver as he had reached the quarter-finals at every race thus far this season.

In qualifying, McMillen had one objective on his agenda besides winning and that was to show Valley Screen Imaging that his Funny Car is an excellent rolling billboard. The veteran driver established a good baseline with a 6.175, 232.85, which was enough to claim the sixth spot. McMillen failed to improve during the final session and ended the first day as tenth.

McMillen got off to a good start in the second day of qualifying as he maintained his tenth qualifying position as he stepped up from a 6.175 to a 6.121, 229.90. He continued his climb the ladder with a 6.020, 233.72. McMillen ended up in the seventh spot and was matched against Dobbs in the first round.

In his first round match with Dobbs, McMillen faltered on the starting line and that was the break that his opponent needed. McMillen lost with a 6.149, 229.51.

He'll have time to regroup as the tour rolls into Norwalk, Ohio for the IHRA Mopar Parts World Nationals next month. Complete results of the IHRA CARQUEST Northern Nationals will be available in Monday evening's debut of the latest issue of