Cory McClenathan Ready as POWERade Season Hits Critical Juncture Cory McClenathan's resume includes two Top Fuel low qualifying awards from races at Route 66 Raceway since 1998. But, he believes, there's more in store. "I don't know what...
Cory McClenathan Ready as POWERade Season Hits Critical Juncture
Cory McClenathan's resume includes two Top Fuel low qualifying awards from races at Route 66 Raceway since 1998. But, he believes, there's more in store.
"I don't know what my problem has been at that track," says McClenathan, " because it's one of the best tracks we race at. I just haven't been too successful there, but I do believe our Carrier Boyz FRAM Boost dragster is capable of getting the job done this weekend."
The CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals, the next event in the NHRA POWERade Series unfolds Friday through Sunday at the Joliet, Ill., track. It is the only stop here this year
"I am confident that (crew chief) Wes Cerny, (assistant crew chief) Tony Shortall and the crew will give me a race car that can win races."
This stop is the 10th of 23 events and, McClenathan noted, is important because it kicks off a critical three-race stretch.
"Realistically, I think we can still make a charge toward the top in points," he said. "Wes is getting more comfortable with the tune-up on our new car. This will be its third race (since the old car was destroyed in an accident in Bristol, Tenn.). It has been a learning experience for Wes and Tony."
McClenathan is ninth with 423 points, which puts him 86 behind No. 5 Larry Dixon.
"The car qualified No. 2 at Topeka (Kan., May 28) and was consistent going down the race track during qualifying," McClenathan continued. "But on race day the tune-up was too much for the track to handle and we shook the tires and lost in the first round.
"These next three races may separate the contenders from the pretenders. We go to Englishtown (N.J., June 16-18) and then have a night race at St. Louis (June 24-26). The latest race results show more drivers are beginning to step up (competitively) and I want our FRAM Boost dragster to be among the leaders. I want us to get hot on it."
McClenathan Takes Time to Go Skeet Shooting
Cory McClenathan proved he can to more than shoot the bull. He can shoot flying clay targets.
In an unusual competition, it was McClenathan vs. Robert Hight at Redlands (Calif.) Shooting Park. Hight, recognized more for driving John Force's Auto Club Ford Mustang Funny Car, is an accomplished shooter. McClenathan, meanwhile, is an avid shooter.
"We had a good time," McClenathan said. "Robert is an excellent shooter and I don't do too badly. I know how good he is. This gave us both a chance to get away from racing. We had a blast and that was a bonus."
The outing was organized by NHRA's National Dragster.
"Skeet shooting was good practice for me. It brings new meaning to hand-eye coordination. That will help me get our FRAM Boost dragster off the starting line better," added McClenathan.
No scores were released but Hight was the best shooter in the driver category, and McClenathan wasn't far behind.