McClenathan, FRAM Boost Team Looking Forward to Mile-High Competition Up on the mountain Top Fuel drivers pause . . . Yes, it's time for NHRA's annual trek into thin air, where elapsed times go into retro mode compared with those produced...
McClenathan, FRAM Boost Team Looking Forward to Mile-High Competition
Up on the mountain Top Fuel drivers pause . . .
Yes, it's time for NHRA's annual trek into thin air, where elapsed times go into retro mode compared with those produced at sea level and tuners get tired of scratching their heads while looking for winning combinations.
The Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, fully 5,280 feet above sea level, creates a problem indigenous to the altitude -- lack of oxygen in the air.
This time, however, Cory McClenathan believes the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM Boost team has the potential to win the race and get the second half of the 23-race POWERade Series campaign off the ground in fine style. This is the official start of the Western Swing, followed by stops at Seattle (July 21-23) and Sonoma, Calif. (July 28-30).
"I'm looking forward to going to Denver," says McClenathan. "We'll have a new car ready for the race. I'm fine with that. We sent both our chassis to (builder) Brad Hadman's shop (in Puyallup, Wash.). We have one and we'll pick up the other one when we get to Seattle. We shouldn't have any problems with that. I've had new pipe (chassis) underneath me all year so this won't bother me a bit.
"We've had some mishaps this season and, in all reality, we've rebounded fairly well."
One of McClenathan's rides was destroyed in a spectacular accident at Bristol, Tenn., in April and a broken header pipe triggered a qualifying accident at St. Louis (June 24) that blew a tire and sent the car skidding across the track, where it kissed the guard wall. That altercation bent the frame and sidelined McClenathan on race day, much to his chagrin.
The Lake Havasu, Ariz.-based driver has one runner-up this season and goes into Denver ninth in points with 580.
"The upcoming three races are going to be important for us," he said. "We are only 109 points out of fourth place. That's five rounds of racing (at 20 points per round win), and that's nothing compared to how many rounds we have left (44 overall).
"I still think we can make a charge to the top five before the year is over."
Crew chief Wes Cerny and Tony Shortall, his assistant, have been working on a tuning combination they feel will be very competitive in the mile-high atmosphere. "Wes has some things up his sleeve," said McClenathan, "and we should be in much better shape than some of the other teams. Now it's our turn to start moving up the ladder.
"We need to put our FRAM Boost car in the winner's circle, and that's what we aim to do."
Carrier Boyz Racing wants to thank all its sponsors. Without them, this would not be possible: FRAM, Bendix, Mac Tools, GMC, Jeg's, Knoll Gas-Torco Race Fuels, Prestone, Autolite, Fabtech, PurePower and American Racing Wheels.
Cut Tire Slows McClenathan in Truck Race
A cut tire slowly losing air deflated Cory McClenathan's hopes of a top 10 finish in King Taco NASCAR Truck racing on Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway's half-mile oval Saturday night.
"The truck started getting loose early in the (40-lap) race," said McClenathan, who was taking a break from his regular job driving the Carrier Boyz FRAM Boost Top Fuel dragster. "When that happened, the truck lost its handling ability. I came in (to the pits) on the 12th lap and the guys kicked the tires and said they appeared to be OK. I stayed with it and fought it the rest of the way and we found the cause of the problem after the race.
"It was disappointing because I expected to finish in the top 10, but it didn 't work out. I have to learn more about the truck. I'd never experienced that before and didn't realize what was happening."
Although he finished 18th, McClenathan remained on the lead lap throughout the race. His best qualifying time was 20.281 seconds -- which is more than the total of four good qualifying runs in the dragster -- and his top speed was 88.253 mph.
"I enjoy driving different kinds of racecars," he said. "I want to thank Troy Anderson for letting me drive his truck. I plan to do some testing in the truck and get back in it in early August (the next open date on his drag racing calendar)."