Cory McClenathan sits atop Top Fuel at IHRA Skull Gear World Nationals NORWALK, OHIO (August 27, 2005) -- In the crown jewel on the IHRA Hooters Drag Racing Series schedule, Cory McClenathan, running in his first competition on the IHRA...
Cory McClenathan sits atop Top Fuel at IHRA Skull Gear World Nationals
NORWALK, OHIO (August 27, 2005) -- In the crown jewel on the IHRA Hooters Drag Racing Series schedule, Cory McClenathan, running in his first competition on the IHRA circuit, placed the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog dragster in the No. 1 qualifying position at this weekend's IHRA Skull Gear World Nationals presented by PPG at Norwalk Raceway Park.
In the first of two qualifying sessions on Friday, McClenathan's FRAM AirHog dragster served notice that it was the one to beat this weekend running an elapsed time of 4.630 seconds at 323.43 mph, setting both ends of the Norwalk Raceway Park track record. He lowered his elapsed time and the track E.T. record he established earlier in the afternoon, by running a pass of 4.568 seconds in the second qualifying session Friday night.
With two qualifying sessions remaining, McClenathan held the provisional No. 1 spot at the end of Friday's qualifying.
After a lengthy rain delay, qualifying on Saturday finally got underway. In the first of two-scheduled qualifying sessions on Saturday, tire shake prevented McClenathan from setting yet another track record; but, he did remain No. 1 with one session to go in the fan-favorite Matco Tools "Night of Fire." In the final qualifying session, the Lake Havasu City, Ariz., driver ran a 4.634 seconds pass at 320 mph to sit atop the final qualifying ladder.
"The competition has been tough this weekend and it's an honor to take the top spot, a first for me when it comes to the IHRA," said McClenathan. "The guys did a good job in getting the FRAM AirHog ready this weekend and hopefully we can go three rounds tomorrow and bring home the Skull Gear Word Nationals Top Fuel title.
"Evan we're thinking of you. This team wants to win this for Skull Gear and Torco Race Fuels and Evan Knoll. Skull Gear and Torco Race Fuels are two of our associate sponsors and it's always good to run in a race sponsored by one of your marketing partners. It's even better to win it."
When eliminations get underway tomorrow, McClenathan will square off against No. 8 qualifier Rick Cooper. Cooper recorded a 4.789-second elapsed time for his quickest time of the weekend.