JOLIET, Ill. – The stars started to align for Terry McMillen, driver of the AMALIE® Motor Oil INSTIGATOR Top Fuel Dragster – he just couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity.
In his quest to make the Top 10 Countdown, McMillen knows his path must go through other contenders; Leah Pritchett, Dave Connolly, Steve Torrence and Clay Millican. With Millican’s DNQ and a first round matchup with Steve Torrence, McMillen felt a chance to move up in the points standings was available.
“I’m really disappointed with this one,” McMillen said of his first round loss to Steve Torrence. “We really had a great opportunity sitting in front of us to move up towards the Countdown. We just couldn’t take advantage of the situation today.”
The Elkhart, Indiana based team continues to improve posting it’s third straight top 12 Friday night elapsed time that carried over to Saturday qualifying. “We’re not out of this,” McMillen said. “Rob (Wendland, crew chief) is doing a great job and my guys are really stepping up to support him.”