BAYTOWN, Texas — Terry McMillen piloted his Amalie Oil Top Fuel dragster to his most consistent outing of the 2010 Full Throttle Drag Racing season. Unfortunately it wouldn’t be enough for the Elkhart, Ind. based team to earn its first round win.
“My guys did such a great job this weekend,” McMillen said of his team. “The Amalie dragster was running like a bracket car all weekend. Losing first round this weekend hurt more than most.” A broken blower snout would cause the car to lose a cylinder early in the run, eventually pushing the head gasket.
For the fourth time in five races, McMillen’s team set new career bests during qualifying, earning him a new personal best 1000 foot speed (313.73 mph) and his best qualifying position, eighth. Neither would be enough to overcome David Grubnic’s best pass of the weekend in round one.
“You just have to believe that if we keep improving week in and week out, sooner or later things will start to go our way,” a frustrated McMillen said. “I told my guys that if we keep running like we did this weekend we’ll string together a few round wins.”
McMillen won’t have long to be frustrated. The Amalie team heads to Las Vegas for next weekend’s SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals.