LAST YEAR'S CONCORD CHAMP MCCLENATHAN READY TO GO FOUR-WIDE BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 23, 2010) - When Cory McClenathan won the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series national event last year at zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C., he did it against only...
LAST YEAR'S CONCORD CHAMP MCCLENATHAN READY TO GO FOUR-WIDE
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 23, 2010) - When Cory McClenathan won the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series national event last year at zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C., he did it against only one opponent in the opposite lane. This weekend, driving the FRAM Top Fuel dragster at the inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, he hopes to repeat that triumph, but this time over three other combatants in the lanes beside him.
"Obviously, coming back to Concord as a defending champion is definitely going to be a good thing for our FRAM team," said McClenathan, who relinquished the class points lead to his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher at the last event. "At the same time, now we're going to be introduced to a whole new way of racing.
"It's going to be a very cool event. It's really going to get the attention of the fans, and it's certainly going to get the crew chiefs and the drivers to start thinking about what they're doing.
"There will be two different Christmas Trees between the lanes, and the only real difference is we're going to have three more opponents instead of one. It will be interesting.
"I think when it comes to Bruton and Marcus Smith and the rest of the gang at zMax, if they can stretch that envelope a little bit farther, they're going to do it. They're trying something new. It's going to be exciting not only for the drivers, crew chiefs and the fans, but it will also show how NHRA is evolving in this sport and how willing they are to always try something different, and that's cool.
"So, for Full Throttle and everybody else involved, it's a good thing. It's going to be an action-packed weekend, that's for sure. It's going to be really cool to watch everybody slug it out four-wide. I'm looking forward to it."
McClenathan and the FRAM team have been hot this season, winning once, qualifying No. 1 once, and advancing to the semifinal once. He trails his teammate and points leader Tony Schumacher in the standings by 11 markers coming into Concord.