Richmond: Cory McClenathan final report

McClenathan Notches 400th Round Win at Richmond FRAM Dragster Driver Beats J.R. Todd for Milestone RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 7, 2007 -- Cory McClenathan joined select drag racing company Sunday with his first-round victory over J.R. Todd in the ...

McClenathan Notches 400th Round Win at Richmond
FRAM Dragster Driver Beats J.R. Todd for Milestone

RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 7, 2007 -- Cory McClenathan joined select drag racing company Sunday with his first-round victory over J.R. Todd in the Torco Racing Fuels Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. It was the 400th round win of his nearly 16-year career.

"That is quite a milestone," said McClenathan, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. "And it puts me in good company with the likes of John Force and Kenny Bernstein. I really didn't pay much attention to how many round wins I had, but this quite an accomplishment."

That victory took 4.618 seconds at a speed of 314.97 mph against Todd's 8.040 at 104.91 mph.

In his run for 401, the FRAM dragster lost traction and the race against Melanie Troxel. Cory Mac was timed in 8.870 at 84.18 mph while Troxel won with a 4.629 at 319.52.

"We really didn't change anything on the car from the first round," he said. "The guys did move me over into a different place on the track after my burnout, but that wasn't the problem. The tires went up (in smoke) fairly quickly after I hit the throttle. I waited before I pedaled it and when I saw Melanie pulling away, I shut it off."

McClenathan also took a bite out of David Grubnic's lead in the squabble for 10th in the final standings. McClenathan is trying to secure his 16th top 10 finish in his 16th year of Top Fuel competition. Grubnic has 940 points and McClenathan has 923 going into the last two races at Las Vegas (Oct. 28) and Pomona, Calif. (Nov. 4).

-credit: sgr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kenny Bernstein , John Force , David Grubnic , Cory McClenathan , Melanie Troxel , Cory Mac , J.R. Todd