MCCLENATHAN IS TOP FUEL LOW QUALIFIER AT THE MOPAR MILE-HIGH NATIONALS IN DENVER MORRISON, Colo. (July 12, 2008) -- FRAM Top Fuel dragster driver Cory McClenathan qualified No. 1 for the second time this season at the NHRA Mopar Mile-High ...
MCCLENATHAN IS TOP FUEL LOW QUALIFIER AT THE MOPAR MILE-HIGH NATIONALS IN DENVER
MORRISON, Colo. (July 12, 2008) -- FRAM Top Fuel dragster driver Cory McClenathan qualified No. 1 for the second time this season at the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, posting a 3.929-second elapsed time at 308.07 mph in the second session. It was McClenathan's 32nd career No. 1 and it gave the 17-year Top Fuel veteran a crucial single "bye" run in the first round of eliminations as only 15 Top Fuel cars are competing here. He also holds low elapsed time and top speed of the event so far.
Racing was limited to the 1000-ft. mark instead of the traditional 1320-ft. (quarter-mile) for the fuel cars for the first time in NHRA history this weekend. McClenathan grabbed the pole with the quickest run of the opening session, a 4.023/298.27, and held it through the remaining three runs. His final attempt in the heat of the day today produced another stellar 3.996/301.47, second only in that session to teammate Tony Schumacher's 3.987/303.98. Schumacher qualified No. 2.
"It wasn't as warm as yesterday, but it was definitely still warm during the day here today," said McClenathan, who has qualified in the top half of the field nine times in 13 races this season. "The track conditions were still good and the track temperatures were also good because of what the Bandimeres have done here (implementing a cooling system under the surface in the first 200 feet). We knew we could use that first couple of hundred feet and utilize it to our advantage. Our teammate (Tony Schumacher) actually outran us by a little bit, so that's good. It means the FRAM car and the U.S. Army car are very close in their setup. They're running good numbers and, in some cases, a lot better than some of the other cars.
"We're very excited about the way things have turned out," added McClenathan. "It's the way it's supposed to be with the team cars being one and two. Now if we can just make the plan work out tomorrow and go the rounds we need to go and be able to go to the final, it would be tremendous.
'With the (new) 1000-ft. finish line, the new Goodyear tire and everything that's been going on here the last few weeks, I'd say it's been a pretty darned good weekend for the FRAM Top Fuel dragster. We have a lot people here from Gates, JEGS, Matco Tools and Valvoline here. Everybody that's on this race car, including GMC and Nordic Boats, puts a little bit into it and we just want to do well everywhere we go."