GAINESVILLE, Fla. – For the third time in as many races Terry McMillen and his Amalie Oil Top Fuel Dragster faced the event winner or runner-up in the first round of competition. McMillen would lower his career best elapsed time to 3.865 seconds in a losing effort to Tony Schumacher’s 3.818 seconds at 320.81 mph. Schumacher would go on to win the event and reset the national speed record for 1000ft racing in Top Fuel.
“We struggled in qualifying,” McMillen said. “But, when it counted Richard [Hartman] and my guys came up with an aggressive tune up that kept everyone honest. We’re continually improving. Now we just have to have a better qualifying effort earlier so we have some better race day data to work from.”
The next stop for the Hoosier Thunder Motorsports team will be the Inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals March 25-28 in Charlotte, North Carolina.