Bristol: Cory McClenathan preview

MCCLENATHAN SHOOTS TO SCORE FIRST BRISTOL VICTORY INDIANAPOLIS (May 13, 2008) -- For FRAM Top Fuel dragster driver Cory McClenathan Bristol Dragway has been feast or famine. The feast came when he won $200,000 in the Top Fuel-vs.-Funny Car ...

MCCLENATHAN SHOOTS TO SCORE FIRST BRISTOL VICTORY

INDIANAPOLIS (May 13, 2008) -- For FRAM Top Fuel dragster driver Cory McClenathan Bristol Dragway has been feast or famine. The feast came when he won $200,000 in the Top Fuel-vs.-Funny Car Invitational "Showdown" in 1999. The famine came when his dragster was destroyed in a spectacular accident in 2006.

McClenathan will be looking to turn things around with his first victory at Bristol Dragway this weekend at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, the eighth stop on the 24 race NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series tour.

The driver of the second Don Schumacher Racing Top Fuel dragster this year enters the Bristol event No. 5 in the Top Fuel point standings with one win (Las Vegas) and one runner-up (Atlanta).

"I'm excited about going back to Bristol," said McClenathan enthusiastically. "The Bristol race has obviously had some very big highs and some extreme lows for me. Although we've never won a national event there, it was still the site of the biggest race of my life when I won the Invitational. The lows and highs are to be expected, but anything like the wreck in 2006 I can pretty much leave behind me, hopefully.

"This weekend I hope we can go out there with this FRAM Top Fuel dragster and win us a race. That would be great for the guys, great for me and good for the points and all the way around. We did a little testing when we were off and everything looks a lot better. We've had a little time to get caught up on everything, and the FRAM boys are ready to get back after it. It appears the weather is going to cooperate and there's going to be lots of great fans. It looks like the track is going to be good, so we look forward to it."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Don Schumacher