JOLIET, Ill. (July 9, 2017) – After qualifying 11th for the Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals, Terry McMillen and the AMALIEⓇ Motor Oil XTERMIGATORⓇ Top Fuel team fell to Shawn Langdon in the opening round of eliminations. McMillen had hoped to add to the narrow points margin between his team and the teams of Shawn Langdon, Scott Palmer and Troy Coughlin, Jr. who are all battling for the tenth and final spot in The Countdown. McMillen remains in the eighth spot after Chicago.
“We certainly missed an opportunity today,” McMillen said after the loss. “It was a tricky track for us and we were just overpowering the track all weekend. Power is a good problem to have.”
“We’ve got five races between now and Indy,” McMillen continued. “Today is not the end of the world. This is a team of fighters. We’re like a bunch of pit bulls. We’ve got a car that will run and we’re going to stay after it and get this car in The Countdown for AMALIE, Flatout Gaskets, Genius Tools, Ross Pistons, Allstar Performance and all of the great sponsors that have stuck with us all these years.”
McMillen also wanted to thank Scott Wahlstrom of Motor State Distributing for taking in the role of team chef this weekend. “Scott comes out here with Steve Koth and his crew, spends their entire off weekend cooking great meals for our crew. We can’t thank them enough. A fed crew is a happy crew.”
The next stop on the NHRA Mello Yello tour is the MOPAR Mile-High Nationals near Denver, the first race of the Western Swing. Qualifying in Denver begins July 21 with eliminations on Sunday July 23rd.