Dallas: Cory McClenathan final report

MCCLENATHAN GOES TO QUARTERFINALS IN TEXAS ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 27, 2009) - Cory McClenathan, driving the Valvoline Engine Guarantee/FRAM Tough Guard Top Fuel dragster this weekend, relinquished his points lead today after finishing the NHRA ...

MCCLENATHAN GOES TO QUARTERFINALS IN TEXAS

ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 27, 2009) - Cory McClenathan, driving the Valvoline Engine Guarantee/FRAM Tough Guard Top Fuel dragster this weekend, relinquished his points lead today after finishing the NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex in the quarterfinal round.

In ambient temperatures close to the 90-degree mark and rising, the No. 5 qualifier dismissed No. 12 Doug Kalitta in the opening stanza, despite posting a tire-smoking 4.127-second elapsed time at 265.95 mph out of the more favorable left lane, which resulted in his losing lane choice for the second round.

Facing Shawn Langdon in that match-up, McClenathan launched with a nearly identical reaction time to Langdon's. Neither pass was stellar, but Langdon made it first across the finish strip with a 4.236/237.96, while McClenathan struck the tires and slowed to a 4.403/190.14.

"You now what, we can go down either lane," said McClenathan, who slipped to third in the Countdown to 1 playoffs standings. "It wasn't about lane choice for us. We had a part in the car that failed and caused us to lose, and that's plain and simple. That happens whether you have the best of parts or not. That's just the way it is.

"The timing of it was bad. To go from first to third like that was just bad timing. So we're just going to have to go to the next event and race this FRAM Tough Guard dragster again. We're not out of it by any means."

Next up is the 22nd annual NHRA Mid-South Nationals in Memphis, Tenn., Oct. 2-4, 2009.

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Cory McClenathan , Shawn Langdon