POMONA, Calif. (February 11, 2018) – Terry McMillen and his AMALIEⓇ Motor Oil XTERMIGATORⓇ team didn’t get off to the start they had hoped for, but it doesn’t dampen McMillen’s outlook for the rest of the NHRA season.
“It certainly wasn’t the outcome we were looking for,” McMillen said of his first round lost to Tony Schumacher at the NHRA Winternationals. “We had a mishap in Q4 that put us a little behind going into eliminations. Our early numbers were a little soft but our back half incremental numbers were probably our best ever. I’ve got a lot of confidence in this team and I can’t wait to get to Phoenix.”
McMillen’s third qualifying pass of 3.727e.t. narrowly missed matching his career best elapsed time (3.723) and broke his previous MPH when he tripped the beams at 328.09MPH (previously 327.19MPH at Epping).
In the fourth qualifying attempt a broken wrist pin cost McMillen an engine and blower, sending the team into eliminations with an untested blower. He still posted a 3.752 elapsed time at 328.06MPH – again surpassing his 2017 best speed..
“We’ve got a great hotrod,” McMillen continued. “We can’t wait to get back out there and make some noise and be in the middle of the championship hunt.”
The next stop on the NHRA Mello Yello tour is the NHRA Arizona Nationals, Febuary 23-25.