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TWO-TIME DENVER CHAMP CORY MAC HEADS TO THE MOUNTAIN MORRISON, Colo. (July 21, 2010) - Cory McClenathan and the FRAM Top Fuel dragster team are heading to "the mountain" to see if they can reach the top and win their third national event at the...

TWO-TIME DENVER CHAMP CORY MAC HEADS TO THE MOUNTAIN

MORRISON, Colo. (July 21, 2010) - Cory McClenathan and the FRAM Top Fuel dragster team are heading to "the mountain" to see if they can reach the top and win their third national event at the MOPAR Mile-High NHRA Nationals and their fourth of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

Cory Mac was the MOPAR Mile-High champ in 1997 and 1998, runner-up in 2002, and No. 1 qualifier in 1997, 1998 and 2008. He and the FRAM team hopes their success at Bandimere Raceway will continue this weekend.

"We won there a couple of times in the past and it's always been a great race for us," said McClenathan, who's won three times this season in five final rounds and stands third in the rankings. "For some reason we get up there on the hill and we still run good. There's ways to do that and I think (crew chiefs) Todd Okuhara and Phil Shuler and the FRAM boys have a leg up on that. We've tested some things for the altitude, so I'm excited to get to Denver and see what this FRAM car will run.

"I love the Denver race," added McClenathan, who has already clinched a berth in the Countdown to 1 playoffs. "The Bandimeres are great people. I've known them since they had just one little tiny tower and they built the empire that they have there now. They're very good Christian people and very solid. I'm looking forward to seeing them and racing on Sunday at 12 noon."

Only three drivers have won all the races so far in Top Fuel: points leader Larry Dixon (8), followed by Tony Schumacher (4) and McClenathan (3). McClenathan has yet to defeat Dixon in their three match-ups this season and he's hungry to do it and gain some rounds on him. "He's the guy," said McClenathan. "And if you can't start breathing down his neck before the Countdown then you have to do something different. We need to switch it up."

The Countdown to 1 playoffs for the top 10 in points begin after the next two races, for the final six events of the year.

-source: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac