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McClenathan's Goal for Seattle: Win Rounds and Race Cory McClenathan doesn't mean to sound redundant, but as the NHRA POWERade Series season moves toward its first elimination round in the new Countdown to the Championship, all he thinks...

McClenathan's Goal for Seattle: Win Rounds and Race

Cory McClenathan doesn't mean to sound redundant,  but as the NHRA POWERade
Series season moves toward its first elimination round  in the new Countdown to
the Championship, all he thinks about is winning rounds  on Sunday.
This Sunday, the site is Pacific Raceways in Kent, near  Seattle, and the
event is the 20th annual Schuck's Auto Supply  Nationals.

McClenathan is one of eight drivers who covet a top eight spot but is not among them . . . yet.

"I know I've been  saying this for awhile, but we are now four races away
from the end of the first  segment of the Countdown," said McClenathan, driver
of the Scott Griffin  Motorsports FRAM Top Fuel dragster.  "We need to start
winning more rounds  if we want to stay in championship contention."  He is 10th
in points  (570), four round wins away from the final field of eight that
will move on to  the next round still clutching their title hopes.  The others
must wait  until next year.

He and the team are very happy to be back at sea level following Sunday's race at Denver. The mile-high atmosphere required a totally different tune-up on the often-finicky nitromethane-fueled engines. It's a different story here.

"Being at sea level,  with all the trees around the track, enables our motors
to make more horsepower  easier, and that makes the motors more efficient,"
said McClenathan.  "Wes  and Tony (Cerny and Shortall, crew chief and assistant
crew chief, respectively)  had to put a lot of stress on the superchargers at
Denver, but we should be able  to get down the track much better at Seattle."
In his 16th full  season of competition, McClenathan has won 29 times,
including at once at  Seattle. He was runner-up here three times.  He was runner-up
at St. Louis  in May.

"We need to find our consistency again," he added. "We need to get past the first round on Sunday or we'll be on the outside looking in when the top eight start the second part of the playoffs."

-credit: sgr

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