MCCLENATHAN BOWS OUT TO TEAMMATE IN ATLANTA SECOND ROUND COMMERCE, Ga. (May 16, 2010) - No. 4 qualifier Cory McClenathan advanced to the second round of Top Fuel eliminations at the 30th annual NHRA Southern Nationals before bowing out to his...
MCCLENATHAN BOWS OUT TO TEAMMATE IN ATLANTA SECOND ROUND
COMMERCE, Ga. (May 16, 2010) - No. 4 qualifier Cory McClenathan advanced to the second round of Top Fuel eliminations at the 30th annual NHRA Southern Nationals before bowing out to his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinal. He remained in second place in the point standings.
Driving the FRAM Top Fuel Dragster, McClenathan defeated Shawn Langdon in the opening round with a 3.897-second elapsed time at 312.93 mph to Langdon's 4.003/308.71. "Cory Mac" also aced Langdon at the starting lights, famous for his stellar reaction times against both McClenathan and his fellow competitors. McClenathan beat him out of the gate with a .065 light to Langdon's .069 (.000 is perfect).
The three-time Atlanta champion, with lane choice in the quarterfinal over Schumacher, then struck the tires in that round shortly after hitting the throttle. Schumacher also lost traction, but recovered first to take the victory with a 4.258/209.79 to McClenathan's 9.068/72.47.
"To have it just not even go anywhere, was disappointing," said McClenathan. "I don't know if Todd and Phil (crew chiefs Okuhara and Shuler) found it yet, but something was wrong somewhere. So, we're going to have to do our homework. I know the FRAM guys will find it, they're that good, and we'll go to Topeka next weekend.
"The good thing is our teammate went on, the bad thing is we lost another early round (lost first round in St. Louis two weeks ago). We have to quit losing these early rounds. That hurts us points-wise.
"We rebounded for this event and qualified well and the FRAM car has been going down the track, but something bit us and it's probably a little part somewhere along the way. We'll find it."
Next up for the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series is the 22nd annual NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, Kan., May 21-23.