Friday Notebook BETTER THAN IT HAS TO BE Just like the slogan of the company sponsoring its national event, Dallas Raceway is "better than it has to be." Track owner Kenny Barnes and his staff have dedicated themselves to creating one of...
BETTER THAN IT HAS TO BE
Just like the slogan of the company sponsoring its national event, Dallas Raceway is "better than it has to be."
Track owner Kenny Barnes and his staff have dedicated themselves to creating one of the nicest drag racing facilities in the nation and have succeeded in every way possible.
And it is for that reason and many more that long-time IHRA sponsor Amalie Motor Oil is proud to be a part of the inaugural event at Dallas Raceway, the Amalie Motor Oil Texas Nationals.
"It is exciting. Ken and his staff have done a fantastic job with the facility. Honestly, I never thought it was possible to see this much concrete in one space," said driver of the Amalie Motor Oil Top Fuel dragster Terry McMillen. "What is even more important is that it is the inaugural event for Amalie as the title sponsor of this brand new race and we are excited to be here.
"Dallas is a really strong area of ours with a tremendous customer base and we look forward to a big weekend for Amalie and Dallas Raceway."
McMillen is a long-time veteran of the sport driving both Top Fuel and Alcohol Funny Car all while sporting the familiar red, green and black Amalie paint scheme for nearly a decade.
A three-time winner in IHRA Top Fuel competition, McMillen said he was pleasantly surprised with what he saw when he pulled his rig into the Dallas Raceway lot earlier in the week.
"To be honest, I was here a month ago and I told Ken that it is going to take up to the last minute to get this track ready to go and I will tell you, hats of to these guys because when I got here on Sunday they had already got in two races on the track and everything was in pristine condition," McMillen said. "These guys have been working 24-7 and what a fantastic job they have done. The facility is phenomenal and I can't wait to go racing.
Along with chasing down his first victory of the season at the "Concrete Palace", McMillen will also be enjoying a weekend filled with spreading the good news about Amalie Motor Oil in the motorsports heavy Dallas market.
"This weekend we will be entertaining Parts Plus and a few others, so we have a full weekend ahead. We will have guests all weekend coming to visit with us and we will be spreading the word as to what Amalie can do for these companies," McMillen said. "Amalie's involvement with this event is really a win-win for everybody."
DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS
Texas race fans have always been infatuated with their motorsports.
And that goes double for its race drivers.
Many of the drivers -- both sportsman and professional -- competing at the IHRA Amalie Motor Oil Texas Nationals this weekend are from the Lone Star State and all are proud to be representing their home state in front of the massive Dallas crowds.
"I love racing in Texas. We are based out of Galveston and any chance we have to make a short trip to the races, we will take it," said IHRA Top Fuel driver and owner Mitch King. "Some of the trips we take can be brutal, especially some of the ones we have coming up in Canada. So to be here close to home we are really excited."
King is coming off of a great weekend in Rockingham with a semi-final appearance, while his second car, driven by rookie Del Cox, claimed the Ironman.
"The only thing we can do better this weekend is get both of them to the finals. That is the game plan down here," King added.
And King isn't the only one.
King's Top Fuel competitor Todd Simpson is also from Texas, along with Elite Motorsports Pro Stock driver Glen Barrilleaux who is making his IHRA debut this weekend.
"Richard Freeman encouraged me to come out and see what is going on. They thought I would like it out here," Barrilleaux said. "So far it has been a lot of fun. I hope we get down the track and do well this weekend. This is a nice, clean facility and we look forward to this weekend."
Barrilleaux's home base is located just 100 miles south in Buffalo, Texas.