MCCLENATHAN AIMS TO END 2010 NHRA SEASON WITH A WIN BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Nov. 9, 2010) - Mathematically, Cory McClenathan, third in the rankings, still has a chance to claim his first NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Top Fuel championship, as...
MCCLENATHAN AIMS TO END 2010 NHRA SEASON WITH A WIN
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Nov. 9, 2010) - Mathematically, Cory McClenathan, third in the rankings, still has a chance to claim his first NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Top Fuel championship, as the 2010 season comes to an end this weekend at the 46th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif.
Realistically, he's racing the FRAM Top Fuel dragster for second place behind points leader Larry Dixon. In his way is his own Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher, 21 markers ahead of him in second place. Dixon holds an 85-point margin over Schumacher, 106 over McClenathan. The number of maximum points available on a race weekend is 150, which includes points for qualifying position, bonus points for the quickest qualifier in each round, 20 points per round win, and 20 bonus points for setting a national elapsed-time record.
"We've seen championships won before in the final round, under similar circumstances," said McClenathan, who leaves DSR at the end of the 2010 season. "But, at the same time, I'm not sure what my mind should be on at what part of the day.
"It's a little crazy to think, Oh, well, OK, I might be driving a different car next year, but I am certainly glad to be in the position I'm in right now to be able to go toe-to-toe with Tony and Larry and try to win the last race while I'm in the FRAM Top Fuel dragster. That's my biggest goal.
"The weather in Pomona could certainly be conducive to running low elapsed times and big speed. The ET national record would give us the 20 points we need, and that certainly would be good. And if we can go out and qualify on top, we could have a shot at it.
"It's obviously important to me as well as (crew chiefs) Todd (Okuhara) and Phil (Shuler) and all the FRAM boys. I'd like nothing better than to give these guys a win at the end of the season."