NORWALK, Ohio (June 22, 2017) – Qualifying for the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals starts Friday for Terry McMillen and his AMALIEⓇ Motor Oil XTERMIGATORⓇ Top Fuel team and while winning the race is a goal, winning the opening round is just as big for McMillen. McMillen has reset his career-best elapsed time and speed this season but has struggled since an explosion two races ago in Epping, New Hampshire.
“I’ve got all the confidence in the world that Rob Wendland and his crew will get us back on track,” McMillen said. “This is the heart of the season. There are six races left before Indy and every round of every race is going to be crucial for us.”
McMillen has not had a round win since Charlotte, despite making solid qualifying efforts in the 3.70s. “The key for us is to get back to that consistency we had,” McMillen continued. “We lost to Leah in Atlanta with a 3.77 and then Clay in Topeka with a 3.76. Then we go to Epping and run a 3.73 and we think things are looking good. I think if we get back to that consistency, things are going to be fine.”
“I still believe an independent team can do this,” McMillen said. “Clay proved that last race with his first win. I couldn’t be happier for those guys. They’re keeping the dream alive for the independent team. It’s tough out here swimming against the tide of these team cars and alliances, but we’re too stupid to quit. We’ve come here to win.”
Professional qualifying starts tomorrow in Norwalk with eliminations on Sunday.