McClenathan pre-season test notes

Quick Times, Fast Speeds Bolster McClenathan's Top Fuel Title Hopes It's one thing to talk about good performances. It's another to back it up on the race track. That's what Cory McClenathan and the Carrier Boyz Racing Top Fuel team ...

Quick Times, Fast Speeds Bolster McClenathan's Top Fuel Title Hopes

It's one thing to talk about  good performances.  It's another to back it up
on the race  track.
That's what Cory McClenathan and the Carrier Boyz Racing Top  Fuel team did
during preseason testing, and they'll carry that successful  momentum into the
new NHRA POWERade Series season.  The 47th CarQuest Auto  Parts Nationals
launches the 2007 campaign at Pomona, Calif., Feb.  8-11.
The confidence gleaned from diligence and hard work during  the winter was
reinforced when McClenathan turned in his quickest quarter-mile  run -- 4.473
seconds, second-best during last week's test sessions at  Phoenix.  Earlier, the
veteran driver posted his fastest speed, 333.16 mph,  on a 4.514-second lap.
Everyone on this maturing team contributed  during the off-season and the
obvious goal now is to reel off competitive  numbers during the Winternationals
and maintain a consistency that will put  McClenathan among the top eight in
the new Countdown to the  Championship.
"This was a great way to start the new season," said  McClenathan. "We are
excited because we have a new Brad Hadman race car and new  clutch pieces and
everything has been working like it's supposed  to."
Crew chief Wes Cerny and assistant crew chief Tony Shortall  "worked on
different parts on the car and the tune-up since our last race in  November," added
McClenathan.  "Our performance showed a lot of promise and  we should only
get better.  Wes wanted to try different setups so he kept  making changes.  He
learned a lot.  I'm proud of everyone on the  team.  The car's new paint
scheme looks really cool.  I'm really  looking forward to Pomona."

McClenathan will be starting his 16th full season with aspirations of finishing in the top five and clinching the title with a stellar Countdown performance. He has 29 career victories in 49 finals, including a win at Richmond, Va., in October. McClenathan finished second in series points four times (1992, 1995 and 1997-98). He has never finished out of the top 10 when he ran the full schedule. He was ninth in 2005 and 2006. He drove in only one race in 2001.

"I am still looking for my first championship and I believe Mark and Andy (Carrier) have put together an excellent team," said McClenathan. "They are committed to winning and that's what we like to see."

McClenathan grew up in Southern California and considers Pomona Raceway his home track. He has two wins (1992 and 2002) and one runner-up (1994) in the Finals to go with two second place finishes (1994 and 2003) in the Winternationals.

Action begins with qualifying Thursday and Friday at 2:30 p.m. and  12:30 and
3:30 p.m. Saturday.  Sunday's eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

-credit: cbr

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