TOPEKA, Kan. — It took nine tries, but Terry McMillen, driver of the Amalie Oil Top Fuel team, got his first round win of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle season. McMillen defeated Steve Torrence in the opening round of the O’Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. The win gets the proverbial monkey off of his team’s back and gives the Elkhart, Ind. based team momentum going into the heart of the summer racing season.
“I knew we had something to work with after Saturday night qualifying,” McMillen said. “When we ran the fifth best elapsed time of Q4 I knew Richard [Hartman – Crew Chief] had a good tune-up for our car.”
The Amalie Oil dragster was only one of two teams able to win from the bottom half of the ladder and the right lane. McMillen posted a 3.917 e.t. at 307.86mph to Torrence’s 3.994 e.t. at 303.50mph.