Englishtown: Cory McClenathan preview

McClenathan Intent on Continuing Climb in Top Fuel Points Just about the time Wes Cerny and Tony Shortall were zeroing in on a competitive tune-up for the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM Boost Top Fuel dragster, the chassis broke, sending driver Cory...

McClenathan Intent on Continuing Climb in Top Fuel Points

Just about the time Wes Cerny and Tony Shortall were zeroing in on a competitive tune-up for the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM Boost Top Fuel dragster, the chassis broke, sending driver Cory McClenathan on a wild, wild ride one Friday night in Bristol, Tenn.

Six weeks and four races later, it looks like Cerny (the crew chief) and Shortall (assistant crew chief) have not only one, but two tune-ups for their latest chassis. And they are ready for whatever conditions arise over the remaining 13 races in the NHRA POWERade Series tour.

"I think we have a car that runs good in cool weather and hot weather," McClenathan said. "That's the biggest thing. I think we have a real player here with the car and I'm looking forward to the next race."

That race, the K&N Filters SuperNationals, unfolds at venerable Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., for the 37th time, June 16-18, providing the drag racing contingent with its annual glimpse of nearby New York City.

McClenathan won't have much time for sightseeing. He and the team are intent on doing whatever necessary to win rounds and make an upward move in the standings. He advanced to the semifinals Sunday in Chicago before losing to eventual race winner Doug Kalitta.

McClenathan is ninth with 495 points but is only 46 point out of fifth place.

"We have a good hot rod right now and I think it is going to show itself . . . one round at a time," he said. "We've shown that we are capable of running in the 4.40s (seconds). Wes is really happy with the way the motor's running right now and we'll be ready, no matter what the conditions."

McClenathan, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., will be making his 295th start this weekend. He was runner-up at Raceway Park in 1992, his rookie year. He also finished second in 1998 and 2004.

Carrier Boyz Racing wants to thank all its sponsors. Without them, this would not be possible: FRAM, Bendix, Mac Tools, GMC, Jeg's, Knoll Gas-Torco Race Fuels, Prestone, Autolite, Fabtech, PurePower and American Racing Wheels.

-carrier boyz racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Cory McClenathan