Dewayne “Big Daddy” Mills has returned to the top of radial-racing world. For a good portion of the 2014 season, Dewayne sat at the top of the list with his 4.105 run at Holly Springs’ Shootout at the Springs. Then Jamie Hancock stole the show in June when he ran a 4.09 at Shadyside Dragway, claiming the crown for himself with the first ever four-oh on radials. Never happy in the second spot, Mills laid down not just one, but a pair of 4.08’s, both at a blistering 194 miles per hour, this weekend at Tulsa Raceway Park’s Radial Revenge Tour, returning him to the top of the heap.
Mills’ Golden Gorilla Camaro is powered by a twin-turbo’d ProLine Racing Engines 481X powerplant — a setup proven to make 4,000-plus horsepower. Tuning the rowdy Gorilla is Mills’ friend and crew chief Tim Davis, with help also coming from ProLine’s Jamie Miller as well as Dewayne’s wife, Tara, and daughter, Kallee. The Mills team ran into electrical gremlins last week at the NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing in Joliet, Illinois, leading to a round one exit. They jumped into the bracket race in order to get some test runs, but the best they could muster was some popping and banging and made no real progress. Obviously, Mills, Davis and Miller put their heads together between events and found whatever was causing the problems.
Mills has been confident for months that he had the power and the car to run in the 4.0 range, it’s just been a matter of finding that fine line in the first 100 feet of the track, putting down as much power as the Mickey Thompson 315’s will hold without pushing too hard and spinning or wheelstanding. With his 60-foot times deep in the 1.1-second range, Mills is among the hardest-launching of the boosted entries, showing that Davis has a very good handle on the tuneup. Making the feat even more impressive, the weather in Tulsa was a full 30 degrees hotter than the mid-50 degree temps when Mills ran 4.10 earlier this season.
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