McMillen wins 2018 U.S. Nationals Top Fuel Wally, defeats Kalitta

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

At one point, Terry McMillen wanted to quit drag racing, because he was not happy with his results. The Amalie Motor Oil Xtermigator Top Fuel Dragster pilot is very happy with his results on Monday.

McMillen won the 64th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana. He went 4.037 at 300.66 mph for the win. This is his second career Wally.

Amalie Motor Oil Top Fuel Dragster pilot Terry McMillen racing on Monday at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals
Terry McMillen racing on Monday at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

The Indiana native defeated Doug Kalitta in the final round, who went 4.067 at 303.57 mph.

“You know, it’s so surreal because it’s one of the most prestigious races out there,” McMillen said. “To have your name that you won Indy is one of the highest accomplishments you can have. I’ve always known that this year was going to be a good year, but I couldn’t have scripted that it was going to be this good.”

McMillen is just the second No. 13 qualifier to win the prestigious U.S. Nationals, according to Drag Race Central. The other was Kelly Brown in 1979.

McMillen picked up his first career race win at Las Vegas 2 in 2017. He actually won that race just days after getting married.

In prior events, Kalitta held a 13-1 advantage over McMillen. However, this was the first-time that they faced each other in the final round.

Both pilots had dropped cylinders. Yet, Kalitta had his dropped cylinder first, while McMillen’s was later down the track. Both cars were close to each other for the 660-foot mark.

McMillen won by 0.0069 seconds, or approx. 3 feet.

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