Denver: McClenathan gets 300th round win

First round win marks McClenathan's 300th round win. MORRISON, Colo., July 21, 2002 -- As has been well documented, the "Western Swing" -- three-races-in-three-weekends in Denver, Seattle and Sonoma, Calif. -- is arguably the toughest on the...

First round win marks McClenathan's 300th round win.

MORRISON, Colo., July 21, 2002 -- As has been well documented, the "Western Swing" -- three-races-in-three-weekends in Denver, Seattle and Sonoma, Calif. -- is arguably the toughest on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. You can use just one hand to count the number of Top Fuel drivers that have won all three races in the same year since the "Western Swing" became part of the NHRA schedule and still have fingers left over.

The last Top Fuel driver to do it: Cory McClenathan, 39, driver of the Henkelman & Baca Top Fuel Dragster. He accomplished the feat in 1997

Today, McClenathan achieved another of those milestones that are nice to achieve, but normally go unnoticed, except by the driver's PR rep.

In the opening round of today's NHRA Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, McClenathan marked his 300th round win with a victory over John Smith. In the short time between rounds, the newest member of the " 300 Round Wins Club" reflected on his latest numbers.

"The only thing that comes to mind is wow," voiced McClenathan. "Again, 300 rounds seem like a whole lot of rounds for a short career, or what I feel is a short career. The past 10 years have gone by so quickly. It's a great thing to have on my resume. While it's a great accomplishment, I always look at the win-loss record myself. 300 rounds - - that's a lot, but it would be tough for me to compare to anything unless I knew how many rounds of racing (Kenny) Bernstein had won, or (Larry) Dixon had won or (Gary) Scelzi. While I now know how many rounds of racing I've won, I still can't compare because I don't know how many rounds I've lost."

Actually, McClenathan is on the plus side in wins. After today's first round win Cory Mac has won the aforementioned 300 rounds, while losing 174 rounds. For the statistician, that a winning percentage of 63.3.

"I never knew that, but I'm glad to hear it. Pretty good actually when you look at it that way," concluded McClenathan.

With his 300 round win now in the history books, McClenathan will begin the quest for 301 round wins when he meets Doug Herbert in the quarterfinals.

NHRA Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals
Bandimere Speedway -- Denver (Morrison, Colo.)

Cory McClenathan:
Qualified No. 4: 4.834 seconds at 300.20 mph

Eliminations:
Round #1: McClenathan (4.856/300.20) def. John Smith (5.114/257.38)

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac