Charlotte II: Cory McClenathan Friday report

MCCLENATHAN SNARES PROVISIONAL CONCORD POLE CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 17, 2010) - Cory McClenathan, racing the Valvoline/FRAM Top Fuel dragster, snared the provisional pole position Friday night for the third annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals, posting...

MCCLENATHAN SNARES PROVISIONAL CONCORD POLE

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 17, 2010) - Cory McClenathan, racing the Valvoline/FRAM Top Fuel dragster, snared the provisional pole position Friday night for the third annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals, posting a 3.831-second pass at a track-record speed of 321.12 mph.

If it holds through two more qualifying rounds on Saturday, he will have earned his fifth No. 1 of the season and the 38th of his career.

"Larry (Dixon, No. 1 in points) and I both didn't get in in the first run," said McClenathan (second in points), who clocked a 4.841/149.40 in the opening session. "Once we saw Tony run the 3.86 earlier today we were a little over-zealous, so we backed it up (for the second run) and took the Valolvine car back out there and said, Let's just go A to B, let's not be crazy.

"(Crew chiefs) Phil (Shuler) and Todd (Okuhara) are just complete opposites," added McClenathan, who has won the last two events here at zMax Dragway. You have Phil who is used to just wanting to throw the whole trailer at it, and Todd is just very well thought out. So I think we did about half of what Phil really wanted to do out there. It just shows what a good mix they are as far as co-crew chiefs go.

"It ran 321 mph. Big speed. It was on the rev limiter down there because it would have run a lot faster than that. I could feel it out there. That's a good run. The track just got really good after it started getting cooler out there, but have I told you how much I love zMax Dragway here lately? Seems to go with our flow of things.”

-source: nhra

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