MCCLENATHAN GOES TO QUARTERFINALS IN E'TOWN ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 13, 2010) - With high humidity adding to high temperatures today at the 41st annual NHRA SuperNationals, FRAM Top Fuel dragster driver Cory McClenathan was unable to back up for...
MCCLENATHAN GOES TO QUARTERFINALS IN E'TOWN
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 13, 2010) - With high humidity adding to high temperatures today at the 41st annual NHRA SuperNationals, FRAM Top Fuel dragster driver Cory McClenathan was unable to back up for a national record the 3.752-second run he posted on Friday night during qualifying.
As No. 1 qualifier in a field of 15 cars, McClenathan earned a bye run in the opening round of Top Fuel eliminations at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, posting a tire-smoking 5.490/120.46 pass.
In the quarterfinal round against Doug Kalitta, a problem in the burnout phase resulted in a short burnout, which then caused the tires to strike at the hit of the throttle as McClenathan launched at the starting lights. Kalitta took the win with a 3.902/306.81 while McClenathan coasted to a 9.680/81.07.
"Evidently the tires got dry or, for whatever reason, it stuck the tires in the burnout, overheated the clutch and smoked the tires," explained co-crew chief Phil Shuler. "It was a tough loss for the FRAM team, and we were unable to go for the national record if and when the weather might have cooperated today. But the FRAM team continues to work hard to stay up front in the points and get ready for the Countdown after the next six races."
Said McClenathan, "Of course, it was a disappointing day today for the FRAM team. We were hoping to go for the national record (for 20 bonus points), but the weather today was just too hot and humid. As always, we'll check everything out and get ready for the third of four straight races in Bristol, Tenn., next weekend."
McClenathan remains third in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Top Fuel point standings.
Next up is the 10th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, June 18-20.
As of 3:45 p.m., the final rounds of all pro classes are halted because of rain.