PHOENIX, Ariz. (February 28, 2016) – Terry McMillen, drove his AMALIEⓇ Motor Oil XTERMIGATORⓇ NHRA Top Fuel Dragster to a second round win in as many races. The win marked McMillen’s 125th NHRA start and solidifies the team’s career best start. McMillen leaves Phoenix tenth in points.
McMillen took advantage of the 15 car field and used his four qualifying session to continue testing different tuneups on his dragster. “We’re still working hard on our early numbers and Rob (Wendland, crew chief) and I wanted to try a few different things,” McMillen said. “We’re getting closer and closer to the setup we want. We’ve still got a little work to do, but I’m pretty sure no one wants to run us first round right now.”
If I could have got my feet through the floorboard I was going to break out the Fred Flinstones and start running to the finish line.
McMillen took out the points leader Steve Torrence in first round action when he posted a 3.840 to Torrence’s 3.851 elapsed time. “The XTERMIGATOR had its tongue hanging out a little on that run,” McMillen explained after the run. “The car was going to run a .80 (3.80 elapsed time). But we ate up a piston on the big end. The pan pressure switch did its job and shut the motor off. I’m still not sure if I like that – I mean it probably saved us a motor in that situation, but it almost cost us that round. If I could have got my feet through the floorboard I was going to break out the Fred Flinstones and start running to the finish line. Steveo (Steve Torrence) has a good hotrod right now and I didn’t want to give him any chance to go around us.”
McMillen faced Brittany Force in the second round of eliminations and while he took a slight starting line advantage his car broke the tires loose at about the 100ft mark of the race. Through four rounds of competition McMillen is perfect on leaving first from the starting line against opponents.
“We hated spinning the tires in that situation,” McMillen said. “But, it was the first time this season that we have done that. We’ve been looking for the other side of the envelope and we found it that time.”
McMillen leaves Phoenix tenth in points and the first time in back to back races in the top 10 since 2011 when he narrowly missed the countdown to David Grubnic by just nine points.
“Some might say it’s a little early to start counting points,” McMillen said. “But every point is important. I’m still a little sore about missing The Countdown in 2011 and getting two round wins this early in the season is big for us. It’s a good start and something we want to continue going forward.”
McMillen and team are now focused on the East Coast season opener as his team heads for Gainesville, Florida for the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals March 17th-20th. The team will participate in media day on Wednesday March 16th at the Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center at 11:30AM. The team will start the car and perform full turnaround in less than an hour and refire the car for those in attendance. The public is invited.