TOPEKA, Kan. – Terry McMillen drove his Amalie Oil/UNOH Top Fuel Dragster to another round win during the NHRA Summer Nationals. It marked McMillen’s fourth round win of the year, matching his 2010 win total in just seven races.
“We got our first round win of the 2010 season here,” McMillen said. “So, it was nice to get another round win here.”
McMillen started eliminations from the 12th spot after struggling through qualifying. The 3.898 elapsed time in the opening round would be the team’s best performance of the weekend and enough to beat Shawn Langdon to the stripe. McMillen would fall to Spencer Massey in round two after a fuel line broke and sprayed fuel on the tires. Massey would go on to win the event.
“We struggled through qualifying,” McMillen said. “We fixed a little problem in our fuel system and just in time. We want to qualify a little better, so hopefully the same car we loaded in the transporter will be the same one we bring out when we get to Englishtown.”
The round win was enough to keep the team 10th in points, just 35 points out of seventh place. “The points are pretty tight right now from seventh to 12th,” McMillen said. “We’ve got Vandergriff and Grubnic breathing down our neck and at the same time we’re just two rounds from being in the middle of the pack. It’s going to be a fight all summer long and we’re not expecting it to be easy. We’re going to have to fight for every qualifying spot and every round win if we want to be in the top 10 when we get to Indy.”