Cory McClenathan Notes For Castrol Nationals, Ennis, Texas -- May 1-3, 1998 "This is like living a dream," said McClenathan, who has won four of the six races this season. "Each victory gets sweeter and sweeter. Our main goal this season was to...
Cory McClenathan Notes For Castrol Nationals, Ennis, Texas -- May 1-3, 1998
"This is like living a dream," said McClenathan, who has won four of the six races this season. "Each victory gets sweeter and sweeter. Our main goal this season was to get off to a fast start. We've been known to finish strong, but to win the championship you have to be consistent all year. We definitely have the ingredients to contend for the championship -- solid ownership, a fast hot rod and a great crew, led by [crew chief] Mike Green and [technical advisor] Jim Brissette. Nobody wants to win the Winston series championship more than I do. I feel like I need to win a championship, not for anybody else, but to prove to myself that I can do it."
With four wins in the first six races, McClenathan, driver of the McDonald's Joe Gibbs Top Fuel dragster, is in first place in the NHRA/Winston point standings. He has an eight round lead over Joe Amato, who is in second place.
Seeking A Record-Tying Fourth Straight Win
McClenathan, who has four wins this season, including three straight, is in position to tie a Top Fuel record of four straight wins. McClenathan is one of two drivers who holds the record of four straight wins. Scott Kalitta (in 1994) was the first driver to win four straight. McClenathan won four consecutive races last year during the second half of the season...McClenathan's victories this season were at the ATSCO Nationals in Phoenix, the Pennzoil Nationals in Houston, the Fram Nationals in Atlanta and Pennzoil Nationals in Richmond. Going back into last season, he has won ten of the last 17 races and has appeared in 11 final rounds during this period.
McClenathan reset his own national speed mark at the ATSCO Nationals in Phoenix (Feb. 22) with a run of 322.92 miles per hour. McClenathan had the previous national speed record at 321.77 miles per hour, set at the Texas Motorplex last October. The 321.77 run was the first to crack the 320-mph barrier.
Texas Motorplex Record
McClenathan set the track elapsed time and speed records at the Revell Nationals last October -- 4.565 seconds and 321.77 mph. He has two wins at the Texas Motorplex -- the 1996 and 1997 Revell Nationals. At last year's Lone Star Nationals, he was eliminated in the semifinal round.
McClenathan has 20 career NHRA professional wins and 10 runner-up finishes. His 20 wins is tied for third in Top Fuel career victories. He has qualified No. 1 22 times. Since turning professional in 1991, McClenathan has finished in the top-10 each season. He has finished second in the point standings three times -- 1992, 1995 and 1997.
Career Marks Elapsed time -- 4.559 seconds, 1998 Pennzoil Nationals, Houston. Speed -- 322.92 mph, 1998 ATSCO Nationals, Phoenix.
McClenathan, 35, (Jan. 30, 1963), started racing professionally as a Top Fuel driver in 1991. He joined the McDonald's team in 1994. During his first three seasons as a professional (1991-93), he ran his own team called Mac Attack Racing. Before joining the professional ranks, he competed in the Sportsman category of Top Alcohol Dragster for two seasons (1989-90). He won four national events as a Sportsman driver. McClenathan is a native of Anaheim, Calif. He also has a home in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.