Commerce: Cory McClenathan Friday notes

MCCLENATHAN PROVISIONAL NO. 1 QUALIFIER IN ATLANTA COMMERCE, Ga. (April 25, 2008) -- Cory McClenathan drove the FRAM Top Fuel dragster to the provisional No. 1 qualifying spot on Friday at the NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, posting...

MCCLENATHAN PROVISIONAL NO. 1 QUALIFIER IN ATLANTA

COMMERCE, Ga. (April 25, 2008) -- Cory McClenathan drove the FRAM Top Fuel dragster to the provisional No. 1 qualifying spot on Friday at the NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, posting an elapsed time of 4.562 seconds at 327.03 mph during Friday's second qualifying session.

His first qualifying effort today produced a 4.670/311.20, good for No. 2 at the time.

"We knew coming in here that the track was going to a be a little on the green side," said McClenathan after the run. "They re-did the surface and did a great job with that and the NHRA comes in and does their stuff and Lanny Miglizzi, the DSR track guru, came back and said the track is going to be good tonight.

"We wanted to go A to B this morning and crew chief Mike Green is really good at that and plays the game real smart. We knew we could stand on the gas on this last run," said McClenathan, who was paired with his teammate Tony Schumacher in that final pass. "The track was getting better and we could see the numbers and the temperature were dropping. We made a pulley change in the back and obviously if you're going to run (U.S. Army crew chief) Alan Johnson and Tony Schumacher, your teammate, you want to be able to at least run with them or do good doing it.

"We're just following their lead. Alan has had a lot of input on this race car and Mike Green takes it and does what he does best with it and that's just work it. And Mike's great at that."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Cory McClenathan