“We were able to work on some things here and we saw some improvements,” McMillen said. “That was encouraging.”
McMillen was able to drive his Rob Wendland tuned dragster to the third best elapsed time of the third qualifying session, earning the team its first bonus point of the season.
“It was pretty encouraging to pick up that bonus point,” McMillen said. “That run was in the heat of the day. We probably left a little bit on the table on that run, but we were just trying to get a solid number to make the show.” McMillen would qualify 13th for the race and face Steve Torrence in round one action,
In the first four races McMillen has been unbeaten on reaction times, McMillen would take a slight starting line advantage and keep his reaction time unbeaten, now through five races, but would fall to Torrence after dropping a cylinder early in the run.
“It’s unfortunate to lose one that way,” McMillen said. We’re not hurting parts. We’re not oiling the track, so that’s a good thing. We learn from it. We’ll get better.”
The next stop for McMillen is the O’Reilly Spring Nationals in Houston, Texas April 24-26.