NHRA zeroes in on cause of McMillen engine explosion

May 11, 2016

Because of the explosion which leveled the supercharger from Top Fuel racer Terry McMillen's engine during the recently completed NHRA Spring Nationals outside of Houston, teams running the two piece manifolds will be required to run titanium supercharger restraint plates starting this weekend at the NHRA Southern Nationals outside of Atlanta, Ga.

This edict was issued to the teams Tuesday from the NHRA Technical Department.

This kind of incident hasn't occurred in twenty years, so when this happened, it was very concerning," said Glen Gray, NHRA VP of Technical Operations. "We knew we had to step in and take corrective action. We have met with the teams, manufacturers and SFI to make this possible.

Gray confirmed the NHRA Technical Department is not only going to continue checking for the proper SFI recertification, but will increase visual inspections of these components.


"This is an ongoing safety issue to keep the top end from becoming overly congested," Gray explained.


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