JOLIET, Ill. (July 2, 2012) — While Terry McMillen wasn’t happy about his opening round loss to Spencer Massey at the O’Reilly Route 66 NHRA Nationals, he does keep hope that his Amalie Oil/UNOH Top Fuel Dragster has improved. McMillen, a Chicago native and Elkhart, Ind. resident kept family and friends in attendance on the edge of their seats in the 0.048 second Sunday morning loss.
“We’re in the same zip code now,” McMillen joked, referring to the consistent passes in the low to mid 3.80s his team has made over the past 4 races. “I really like the way our team is starting to jell right now. Just the fact that we kept the same motor in the car all weekend shows how happy this car is right now.”
McMillen trails the 10th spot in the Countdown to the Championship by a little less than five rounds with six races remaining. He’ll also have to win a race or rely on fans to vote him into the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout held at the U.S. Nationals in August.
McMillen’s next chance will be July 5-8 in Norwalk, Ohio.