McMillen, CMT and IHRA celebrate end of successful campaign
FORT SMITH, Ark. — Fans of the CMT show, Trick My Truck and fans of Terry McMillen and IHRA Drag Racing have waited all season long to see who would be the winner of the popular Trick My Crew Sweepstakes. Several hundred thousand electronic entries were figuratively dumped on the table from CMT computers to find the one lucky entry.
Gail Williams of Hartman, Arkansas is the lucky winner of the Trick My Crew sweepstakes. While she is a big fan of the show Trick My Truck, she does admit to not knowing much about drag racing. Her first visit to a drag strip will be as a crew member on the Amalie Oil sponsored Top Fuel Dragster driven by Terry McMillen and his Hoosier Thunder Motorsports teammate, Paul Noakes, who drives the Amalie Oil InstiGator Funny Car.
Williams will bring her son-in-law, Robert Hudspeth, who is a little more familiar with the sport. Robert and William’s daughter, Robin attended their first NASCAR event earlier this year in North Carolina and are looking forward to attending their first IHRA drag race. “Robert follows racing,” Gail said. “He’s the one that knows about drag racing. We’re looking forward to everything. I just don’t know what to expect.”
McMillen is looking forward to meeting his new crew members. “This was a great promotion,” McMillen said. “Gail and her family are a perfect example to show how the CMT and drag racing demographic are similar. At the same time, there are huge opportunities to cross promote to fans of drag racing and Trick My Truck.”
“We’re looking forward to having Gail and Robert become a part of our crew. Everyone is already drawing straws to see who gets to do what. Who knows, Gail might be the perfect person to replace one of our crew members. Maybe our clutch specialist, Steve Moore, should touch up his resume. We’ll just have to see how this weekend turns out.”
Qualifying for the IHRA World Finals in Rockingham begins Friday October 17 and eliminations begin Sunday October 19.