EPPING, NH – Terry McMillen’s season has been described as a roller coaster, the NHRA Epping, New Hampshire race this weekend just added to the season long ride. After a disappointing showing last week in Bristol, Tenn., McMIllen’s Amalie Oil/UNOH/All Star Performance Top Fuel Dragster rebounded in grand fashion with a semi-final appearance.
“We’ve been looking forward to coming back to the New England Dragway,” McMillen said. “We’ve had a lot of success here in the past when we raced here with the IHRA and we were hoping some of that luck would rub off here again racing in NHRA.”
McMillen may have found his luck in his old stomping grounds when a long-time fan brought McMillen a horseshoe for luck. “We might be sitting on that horseshoe for the rest of the season,” McMillen said. “The fans have always been good to us and the rest of the NHRA teams got to experience the New England hospitality that we’ve been accustomed to for years. This is one of Amalie’s oldest and loyalists markets and it meant a lot for us to have a good showing up here. Reserved seating sold out here weeks before the event and it was standing room only all weekend. I wouldn’t mind racing here every week if we can have the same kind of performance as we did this week.”
McMillen’s team won’t have long to enjoy those few round wins, the Amalie/UNOH/All Star Performance transporters have already left the New England area headed for the June 27th – June 30th O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 Nationals near Chicago, Ill. next weekend.
McMillen by the Numbers
Number of guests from Sanel Auto Parts that Amalie and Terry spent time with in the hospitality area this weekend
Lucky horseshoe provided by Wayne Russel – long time Amalie customer and friend to the Amalie Top Fuel team
Number of career semi-final appearances in NHRA – 2 this season (Las Vegas and Epping)
Number of lobsters consumed by the team Thursday night
Number of reserved seats available – standing room only at this event – get your tickets now for 2014
Number of degrees presented by Terry in his lifetime. Terry was honored to present Jamie Blake, a UNOH graduate who earned an AAS in UNOH’s College of Applied Technologies Automotive Department. Jamie missed graduation to race Super Comp and start as a lead technician for Kieser Automotive in Needham, Mass.