After taking way too much time away from the world of NHRA blogging, I am back and ready to start blogging again. I have had a very busy few months adjusting to having a little one around again, but now that we have a pretty solid routine, I am able to squeeze a few minutes in every couple of weeks to fill everyone in on what I have been up to. Before I get to all of that, I promised Cori I would mention the baby contest that she entered Cameron in, and ask for you all to vote if you have a chance. Basically if he gets enough votes to come into first place this week, he will move on to the final round in which he will compete once more against 11 others to win a trip to New York for a photo shoot and a chance to be on the cover of Parents magazine. He is currently 29th. You can vote once per day and the last day is Sunday. You can also share with your social media friends. Here is the link to his picture, and we really appreciate anyone who votes: http://www.parents.com/photos/parents-cover-contest-2014/2014-06-16/13d98
Even though NHRA officially changed the Jr. Dragster age to 5, I couldn’t wait that long to get involved in that class. My son Andy’s step daughter, Adalyn, decided she wanted to race, and I feel fortunate that I was able to help make that happen. The weekend after Englishtown, we went to my local drag strip, Osceola Dragway, and she made all the passes required to get her Jr. license. She did a great job, and I am looking forward to seeing her race. If she wants to follow in the footsteps of former Jr. drivers that are now pro drivers, I know she will be able to do it. She definitely has the personality, and in the few runs that she made to get licensed, I can tell she is going to be a great driver.
Of course I can’t end my blog without mentioning a little about what is going on with the race team. It is no secret that we have had some struggles this season. Our team is not quite set up like the majority of teams. We don’t have two crew chiefs. We don’t have all full time people, heck, my crew chief isn’t even full time LOL. What we do have hard working guys, who are dedicated and are willing to do whatever it takes to bring a little more consistency to our car. I recently hired Lance Larsen. He has helped tremendously with our maintenance program. Stability in that area will help Richard. We have already had two round wins since Lance came on board, and I am looking forward to more. We are taking baby steps, but I have no doubt that they are at least headed in the right direction.
I better get going for now. It is getting late and I have some qualifying to do tomorrow. If you want to keep up with me in between blogs, you can follow me on Twitter @terrymcmillen or look for Terry McMillen Racing on Instagram and Facebook. Take care and talk to you soon!
Once again I am starting my blog with an excuse or two on why it has been so long since I have written a blog. This time however, I think my excuse is a pretty good one, and he happens to be cute too! On Sept. 10, my girlfriend Cori and I welcomed an 8 pound 4 ounce baby boy named Cameron into the world. For the past month or so, when I wasn’t busy racing, I was busy preparing for his arrival. It is amazing the joy a new baby brings into your life, and he truly is a blessing.
With so much focus on the new baby, the month of September is almost over, which means, once again, we will be rolling out our pink dragster for breast cancer awareness month. We have partnered with SHE4Life, an organization that helps support breast cancer patients and their families and we are looking forward to raising as much money for them as we can.
Not only will our car be pink, but we will also be paying tribute to people who have been affected by breast cancer, by placing their name on the car. We are inviting everyone to participate in our cause, by allowing them to honor a loved one by having their name placed on my car, in exchange for a donation to SHE4Life. Donation packages start at just 40 dollars. For more details on the different packages that we are offering visit this link: http://www.she4life.com/cart/viewCategory.cfm?cat=12
Act fast, after all, October will be here next week and we would like to have their name on the car for Reading, Vegas, and Pomona.
We will also have our annual “Pink Jersey Auction” this year, to help raise even more money for SHE4Life, and that will begin after the season.
New this year you will also be able to purchase a special edition breast cancer awareness diecast of our dragster. They will be sold exclusively at www.planbsales.com. Due to the fact that production started on those months ago, the diescast won’t have the names of those we honor on it, but they are limited edition, and from what I have seen, they look very cool!
Other than that not much else is going on. I am heading to St. Louis right now, and I am bringing a new good luck charm with me, and hoping to see some good results with the car. Make sure you keep up with me in between blogs at www.facebook.com/terrymcmillenracing or follow me on Twitter @terrymcmillen.
It has been a long time since I have updated my blog and for that I am sorry. I haven’t had a weekend in which I didn’t a race or have race related event since Easter, so quite honestly I haven’t had much to write about. If you are reading this, I assume you follow me on Twitter @terrymcmillen or Facebook, facebook.com/terrymcmillenracing, so you already know about the two semifinal appearances we have had recently, and when I blog, I like to talk about things that happen away from the race track.
I was fortunate to finally get a weekend off away from my world of drag racing, and I spent it by doing a little Chillen and Grillen to celebrate baby McMillen. I can’t take credit for that little rhyme, as it was what the actual invitations said, but in all seriousness I did enjoy time with family and friends and great food at our co-ed baby shower.
For those of you that haven’t heard my girlfriend Cori and I are expecting a baby this September, so we decided to celebrate with the people we care most about and it turned out to be a great day. My good buddy Scott from Allstar Performance and his family volunteered to do all the cooking for the party, and words can’t describe how great the food was.
We had so much fun hanging out with the people we care most about. With my crew living in different parts of the country, only a couple of them were able to come to the party, but they still managed to be there in spirit. All of my guys, pitched in and got a Nitro a GoGo diaper bag made by Leeza Diehl, Funny Car driver Jeff Diehl’s wife. Of course the bag had an alligator, Amalie Oil logo, and my car number on it. I will tell you what. The fact that a group of guys was willing to pitch in for a diaper bag, goes to show just how great the guys are that work for me. I wouldn’t trade any of them.
With my one free weekend behind me, I am off to Denver. I am excited to see what the western swing has in store for the Amalie Oil, UNOH team. We have had had some great moments this season and some of the worst moments in my career, but I really feel things are turning around for the team, and I am going to fight as hard as possible to get into the top ten this year, and I have faith that the nine guys behind the car are going to help make that happen!
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Well the first race of the season didn’t quite turn out the way I had hoped. If you read the last blog, you saw that my car wasn’t ready to go testing in West Palm Beach with the rest of the teams. The plan was to go test in Vegas on our way out to Pomona. We made it to Vegas with every intention to get some good laps under our belt, but when we got to Vegas the weather was not good. It was very cold. In fact, there were flurries there one of the days. We made two quick hits, but the car didn’t like the cold temperatures, so we packed up and headed to Pomona.
Not being able to test put us behind at Pomona. We had a planned shut off for the first run, and struggled to figure out the right combination for the rest of the qualifying sessions. As you could see, it took your “A” game to qualify, and we were not ready to bring that to Pomona. I have a feeling this whole season will be a tough battle, and I am counting on Richard Hartman to get this car running competitively.
I wish I had more to update you all on, but there isn’t much excitement when you DNQ the first race of the year. Hopefully we will have better results in Phoenix. In fact, I have a feeling there are going to be some pretty incredible times, because the weather is going to be cool. Anyway, to stay up to date with me and the team between blogs follow me on twitter @terrymcmillen, like me on Facebook www.facebook.com/terrymcmillenracing, or subscribe to my YouTube channel www.youtube.com/terrymcmillenracing!