Las Vegas II: Cory McClenathan Saturday report

MCCLENATHAN NETS NO. 2 IN VEGAS QUALIFYING LAS VEGAS (Oct. 30, 2010) - On a bizarre day at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which included lengthy delays to clean up numerous oil downs, plus dropping temperatures in the final qualifying ...

MCCLENATHAN NETS NO. 2 IN VEGAS QUALIFYING

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 30, 2010) - On a bizarre day at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which included lengthy delays to clean up numerous oil downs, plus dropping temperatures in the final qualifying session, Cory McClenathan collected a stellar No. 2 at the 10th annual NHRA Vegas Nationals.

He out-qualified his rival and points leader Larry Dixon by one position, while his Don Schumacher Racing teammate earned No. 1. "Cory Mac," No. 2 in the point standings, pulled out a stellar run in the first pairing in the third round of qualifying earlier today, a 3.822-second pass at 321.50 mph, which was preceded on Friday by a 3.892/316.01 (No. 2) and a tire-smoking 8.749/76.93 (No. 7). In today's final round, on a 68-degree track under the lights, he experienced tire shake and slowed to a 9.022/62.35.

"When you have a long day like it was today on the second day of qualifying, being first pair out this morning was a blessing, obviously," said McClenathan, who earned four qualifying bonus points to Dixon's two, carving Dixon's lead down to 86 from 89 markers leading into eliminations. "And, after waiting a long time again to try to run the second round, we were swinging for the fence." Every point is valuable with only two races remaining in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

"So, when it went into tire shake, it was just smart to shut it off and bring it back tomorrow and race it like we always do. But, this morning's run was fantastic, it was flawless. If we can come out tomorrow and do that we will be just fine."

McClenathan faces Mark Mariani in the opening round of Sunday's Top Fuel eliminations.

-source: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac , Don Schumacher , Mark Mariani