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Bunker Hill Dragstrip Has Been Model for Growth Under McMillen’s, IHRA Partnership

Sunday, 15 October 2023

BUNKER HILL, Ind. — There’s no magic formula for the growth at Bunker Hill Dragstrip since Terry and Cori McMillen have taken over and have gone with the International Hot Rod Association.

For the track owners, it’s all about working hard to make the IHRA-member track a great place to race. It’s why the McMillen’s have entered into a multi-year sanctioning agreement with the IHRA.

Under their leadership and the IHRA’s great programs, those who signed up for the IHRA Summit SuperSeries points increased from 60 to 100. They've enjoyed a car count from 135 to 250 at many races.

The McMillen's have always enjoyed a reputation for doing what it takes to get the job done. Terry McMillen was often competitive in the NHRA Top Fuel ranks with budgets nowhere close to those of the top teams. But, it was the IHRA where McMillen first made a huge impact. In 2010, he had an amazing season when he finished third in both the Top Fuel and Alcohol Funny Car point standings. 


As a track owner, his priority has shifted to the Sportsman racers and giving them the best place to test their mettle. It is a labor of love as McMillen points out Bunker Hill is the oldest dragway in Indiana, first opened in 1956.

He and Cori even made the nine-hour journey from Bunker Hill to attend the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals last week at Holly Springs Motorsports Park in Mississippi to support their racers. The Bunker Hill contingent did well with the track’s Junior Dragster champion Chas Warpenburg making it to the finals in Friday’s Race of Champions.

They followed up with other strong performances in Saturday’s main event. Bill Casner highlighted the efforts where he fell to eventual World Champion Jeromy Hefler in the Top (Box) semifinals. Casner gave it his all, just -.003 too quick at the tree. 

More than just the competition, it was a great time of fellowship for the group, who enjoy the IHRA’s commitment to the grassroots, Sportsman racers under Larry Jeffers’ leadership. With over $275,000 in payouts and prizes at the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals, it made it an easy decision for Bunker Hill to extend the partnership well into the future.

Click here to keep up with the latest going on at Bunker Hill Dragstrip through the track’s Facebook page.

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