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Memphis Heat May Help McClenathan, FRAM Boost Team The weekend weather forecast for the Memphis area this time of year is always the same: real hot and real humid. It's alright if one can hide in air conditioned comfort or lounge by...

Memphis Heat May Help McClenathan, FRAM Boost Team

The weekend weather forecast for the Memphis area this time of year is always the same: real hot and real humid.

It's alright if one can hide in air conditioned comfort or lounge by an inviting (cold) swimming pool, but neither will be available at Memphis Motorsports Park during the this weekend's O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals.

"We know it's going to be very hot, muggy and uncomfortable," said Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz FRAM Boost Top Fuel dragster. "But that should actually be good for us because Wes Cerny (team crew chief) seems to shine because we run good in the heat.

"The heat tests the endurance of the guys on the crew, but we'll all be ready for it. We know what to expect because it was real uncomfortable there last year.

"I won my first race at Memphis in 1992 and won there again in 1995. Hopefully Memphis will be the place for us to find the consistency we're looking for to win rounds on Sunday. We need to start winning rounds."

McClenathan was optimistic about his team's performance this weekend. "We made some headway last weekend at Brainerd (Minn.)," he said. "I noticed a difference in the way the car went down the track with the new back half. We qualified well at Brainerd (sixth) but had a mechanical problem that led to loss of traction in the first round."

The veteran driver has 28 career victories in 48 final rounds. He is currently 10th in NHRA POWERade Series points with 708.

"We have a busy couple of weeks coming up," said McClenathan. "We will be testing at Indianapolis next Tuesday and Wednesday to prepare for the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals (Sept. 1-4). That's our biggest race of the year and Mac Tools is one of our sponsors, so it would be nice to win their race."

-credit: Carrier Boyz Racing

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