FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (626) 914-4761 POST-RACE NOTES: CHAMPION AUTO STORES NATIONALS, AUG. 14-17, BRAINERD, MINN. TOP FUEL *Cory McClenathan became just the second Top Fuel driver in NHRA history to win four ...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (626) 914-4761
POST-RACE NOTES: CHAMPION AUTO STORES NATIONALS, AUG. 14-17, BRAINERD, MINN. TOP FUEL *Cory McClenathan became just the second Top Fuel driver in NHRA history to win four consecutive national events. Scott Kalitta also won four straight in 1994. McClenathan has won the Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals, the Autolite Nationals, the Northwest Nationals and this event during his streak in the McDonald's Dragster owned by former NFL coach Joe Gibbs. *Joe Amato recorded the quickest time in NHRA history, 4.562 seconds, in the Keystone Automotive Warehouse Dragster. But Amato was unable to back up the time within 1 percent at this event for an NHRA national record. Amato holds the NHRA national record of 4.564 seconds, set at the Chief Auto Parts Winternationals in February 1997 at Pomona, Calif. *Gary Scelzi lost in the first round for the first time this season in the Team Winston Dragster owned and tuned by Alan Johnson. Scelzi's loss marked the first time in the last 33 NHRA national events that Johnson's car lost in the first round. The last time Johnson's car lost in the first round was at the 1995 U.S. Nationals, with his brother, the late Blaine Johnson, driving. FUNNY CAR *John Force ended a 12-race winless streak in the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang. It was his longest drought in one season since 1989. PRO STOCK *Jim Yates became just the second Pro Stock driver this decade to appear in final rounds at five consecutive national events in one season. Warren Johnson also raced in five straight finals in 1995 and 1996. Yates has two victories in the McDonald's Pontiac Firebird during his streak. PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE *Rob Korn became the first rider to race a Harley-Davidson this season in NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series competition. Korn, from St. Louis, didn't qualify for the 16-bike field. -30-