McClenathan Ready to Go Racing Again
Cory Mac Ready to Unveil New FRAM Top Fuel Team at Brainerd
Cory McClenathan will be happy to arrive at Brainerd International Raceway for this weekend's NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals.
The past 10 days have been ones of turmoil for McClenathan and the FRAM Top Fuel team. A week ago, McClenathan announced he would be leaving Scott Griffin Motorsports and starting a new team. He's leasing a new car, motors, parts, tractor and transporter from multi-team owner Don Schumacher. FRAM, the team's primary sponsor, moved with him.
"Scott met with the people from FRAM after our race at Sonoma (July 29) and said he was going to park the car because he couldn't run it competitively through the end of the season," said McClenathan. "Don Schumacher offered to help us, and here we are today."
McClenathan said the team definitely will be in Brainerd. "We still have a lot of work to do, but the car is painted and it looks good. My intent was to bring along everyone who was on our team at Sonoma. Keith Adams is our new crew chief and Tony Shortall remains the assistant crew chief."
McClenathan is 13th in POWERade Series points and on the brink of missing the new playoff system that sends only the top eight drivers down the championship trail after 17 races. He has 633 points and is four rounds out of the last playoff berth with this race and one at Reading, Pa., Aug. 17-19, remaining.
"We won't be trying to set the world on fire this weekend," he added. "We just want to get a head start for the race at Reading and the test session at Indianapolis the week after that."
He does have eight races, however, to climb into the top 10. The Lake Havasu, Ariz.-based driver has finished in the top 10 all 15 times he's raced the full schedule. His best finish is second, four times. One of his 29 career victories came at Brainerd (1997).