MCLENATHAN WILL START THIRD IN BRAINERD BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 14, 2010) - Cory McClenathan qualified the FRAM Top Fuel Dragster in the No. 3 spot for the 29th annual NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, the final event of the NHRA...
MCLENATHAN WILL START THIRD IN BRAINERD
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 14, 2010) - Cory McClenathan qualified the FRAM Top Fuel Dragster in the No. 3 spot for the 29th annual NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, the final event of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series "regular" season. The Countdown to 1 playoffs will be contested by the top 10 in points in the final six events of the year.
McClenathan recorded his quickest pass of 3.848 seconds at 307.51 mph in today's second session, which followed his single run on Friday (one run was cancelled because of rain) of 3.888/315.05. That pass set the top speed of the event and placed him No. 2 at the time.
His final try today resulted in a tire-smoking 4.547/169.49. He will face Chris Karamasines in the opening round of Sunday's eliminations.
"We came in here with that same theory of, 'Let's get qualified, let's run good and we can try something later on,' and that's what we were able to do," said McClenathan, who stands third in points. "We tried something different in that last round and the FRAM boys said it worked pretty well. I don't know if we can take that into tomorrow's racing, but maybe we can use it in the future.
"We're qualified No. 3 and have set ourselves up for a good Sunday. That's a big thing. And now it looks like the weather is going to take a turn tomorrow; it's going to be cooler. That'll make a big difference. The crew chiefs are going to have to put on their thinking caps.
"As far as the driver goes, there's nothing for me to do but get in and get on the gas. At the same time, it will definitely throw some fits out here for the crew chiefs. They'll be working hard to figure out the track tomorrow. We'll probably set ourselves back in the pack in the morning and see what those few cars in front of us do and go from there."