Memphis: Cory McClenathan preview

MEMPHIS MEMORIES INSPIRE MCCLENATHAN AS HE TARGETS THIRD MEMPHIS TITLE BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Sept. 23, 2008) -- Cory McClenathan is no stranger to the winner's circle at Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park, site of this weekend's 21st annual NHRA ...

MEMPHIS MEMORIES INSPIRE MCCLENATHAN AS HE TARGETS THIRD MEMPHIS TITLE

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Sept. 23, 2008) -- Cory McClenathan is no stranger to the winner's circle at Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park, site of this weekend's 21st annual NHRA Mid-South Nationals. He won there in 1992 and 1995, and also qualified No. 1 in 1994 and 1997.

The driver of the FRAM Top Fuel dragster, now in his first full season with Don Schumacher Racing, will be looking to score his third career title in Memphis in the third of six national events in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Countdown to 1 playoffs.

McClenathan enters Memphis No. 3 in the Top Fuel points after notching his seventh semifinal finish of the season in Ennis, Texas, last weekend, pulling him to within seven points of No. 2 and just 104 points out of first place. Another strong showing could tighten up what has already been an exciting Countdown, with four events remaining to name the champion.

"I have great memories of racing in Memphis," said McClenathan, seeking his first Top Fuel crown. "In 1992 crew chief Jimmy Prock and I won our first Top Fuel race together. We were a privateer car at the time; my mom and dad and I were running the car out of our own pockets. We were getting ready to park the car on the sidelines and then we won Memphis and decided to keep going because we were No. 2 in the points.

"I've done very well there. I've enjoyed some great victories there with team owner Joe Gibbs. Back then (current) crew chief Mike Green was part of that deal and I feel confident going to any race having Mike with me. Neal Strausbaugh has done a great job as assistant crew chief on this FRAM Top Fuel dragster. We just need to be consistent and keep going rounds. If any of the guys ahead of us in the playoffs make a mistake we'll be right there. We'll be racing our third race in a row (back-to-back events in Cocord, N.C., Dallas and Memphis) this weekend and the more we race right now the better."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Don Schumacher