FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761 McCLENATHAN'S SHIFT INTO AGGRESSIVE MODE CREATES CLIMB IN STANDINGS ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. -- After an early season riddled with last-round escapes into the qualified...
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McCLENATHAN'S SHIFT INTO AGGRESSIVE MODE CREATES CLIMB IN STANDINGS
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. -- After an early season riddled with last-round escapes into the qualified field and early losses during eliminations, Cory McClenathan has seen enough of the conservative, patient approach to Top Fuel success. Cory Mac knows only one strategy now: Attack, attack, attack. "We decided we're not going to take just one pass at a time and just try to get qualified," McClenathan said. "We're going to go for it and try to back it up each time. It's kind of a gamble, but I feel we're in better shape, in a better position." So far, so good. McClenathan advanced to the semifinals of the Lone Star Nationals earlier this month at Dallas, his best finish of the season in the McDonald's Dragster owned by former NFL coach Joe Gibbs. He climbed from sixth to fourth in the NHRA Winston point standings. That aggressive style will make McClenathan, from Anaheim, Calif., a contender for victory at the 28th annual, $1,695,050 Mopar Parts Nationals, May 15-18 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. This is the eighth of 22 events in the $30-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series in 1997. McClenathan and the McDonald's team decided to change their approach in late April after a streak of three consecutive quarterfinal losses. They knew their chances of catching the top three drivers in the points, Gary Scelzi, Joe Amato and Kenny Bernstein, were slipping away. The new style paid off immediately, as McClenathan qualified No. 3 at the Pennzoil Nationals presented by Trak Auto in late April at Richmond, Va. "We've been getting down to the last session of qualifying, and then not really knowing what we have Sunday morning," McClenathan said.. "It was a team decision just to go for it now. So far, it's been a good deal."
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