THREE-TIME DALLAS CHAMP MCCLENATHAN AIMS TO GAIN 'PRECIOUS' POINTS BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Sept. 22, 2010) - Cory McClenathan, racing the FRAM Top Fuel dragster in this weekend's 25th annual NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas (just...
THREE-TIME DALLAS CHAMP MCCLENATHAN AIMS TO GAIN 'PRECIOUS' POINTS
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Sept. 22, 2010) - Cory McClenathan, racing the FRAM Top Fuel dragster in this weekend's 25th annual NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas (just south of Dallas), knows that every point will count from now on as he aims to topple Larry Dixon from the No. 1 spot.
McClenathan is second in the Countdown to the Championship point standings, just 85 markers behind Dixon, but has yet to defeat the points leader in any round in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. His and the FRAM team's goal is to earn as many of the qualifying bonus points (3, 2, 1 in each session for the top three) during a weekend to edge their way closer to the front and hope that Dixon stumbles along the way, especially in final eliminations.
"Now each race seems to get more and more important," said McClenathan, who's seeking his first Top Fuel championship after four runner-up finishes in his 20-year career. "This weekend, the Dallas race will be very important for us to take the FRAM car out and qualify well and try to get some more of those precious points because right now we need every point we can get to try to close the gap on Larry. And (Don Schumacher Racing teammate) Tony Schumacher (in third place) needs every point he can get to help both of us move forward.
"Obviously, (DSR teammate) Antron Brown (in sixth) and everybody else is right in there too, including Doug Kalitta in fourth and Brandon Bernstein in fifth. There's some great cars out there that still have a chance of doing something, but with four races left it's getting tighter and tighter.
"It is certainly exciting for the fans, but really hard on the drivers as we all try to be No. 1. We just have to focus on our mission. We certainly have a consistent car and crew chiefs (Todd Okuhara and Phil Shuler) and team that can make it happen."
McClenathan is a three-time champion at the Texas Motorplex, in 1996, 1997 and 2000. He also qualified No. 1 there in 1997, and was runner-up in 1994 and 2002.