Henkelman & Baca Motorsports Rick Henkelman and David Baca -- Owners NHRA PoweradeÂ® Drag Racing Series Top Fuel Dragster Cory Mcclenathan -- Driver Cory McClenathan attempts to qualify at 200th NHRA national event. ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., May 14,...
Henkelman & Baca Motorsports Rick Henkelman and David Baca -- Owners NHRA Powerade® Drag Racing Series Top Fuel Dragster Cory Mcclenathan -- Driver
Cory McClenathan attempts to qualify at 200th NHRA national event.
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., May 14, 2002 --This weekend's NHRA Matco Tools SuperNationals presented by Racing Champions at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., will mark the 200th time that Cory McClenathan, from Anaheim, Calif., driver of the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports Top Fuel Dragster, will attempt to qualify.
In a span dating back to the 1991 season, McClenathan has qualified 195 times -- 156 times in the top half of the field. As the numbers indicate, he has only failed to qualify at four events in which he entered.
"It's kind of cool. It's a neat accomplishment but when you compare it to what racers like John Force and Kenny Bernstein and others have done, you find it only means something to me and those close to me. After all, Force has won 100 races; Bernstein has been racing for 23 years. I can only aspire to be like those two when I get older. It a pretty good accomplishment though and it's good to be back doing it again. I'm glad Henkelman & Baca Motorsports gave me the chance to make it to 200," said the 39-year-old McClenathan.
Last Saturday, May 11th, McClenathan recorded another milestone when he wed Amy Anderson. The couple spent some time together immediately following the ceremony, but it's back to work for Cory Mac as he hits the road for four races in the next five weeks. The real honeymoon will have to wait until the NHRA POWERade® Drag Racing Series ends its 2002 schedule in November.
McClenathan reflected on the wedding, "The wedding went flawless, no problems whatsoever. Everybody seemed to have a great time. I know Amy and I did. It was a beautiful 80 degree day in Southern California. We got married in Amy's mom's backyard. I couldn't ask for anything better than the day we had.
"The last couple of days have been pretty wild, so Amy and I took a few days off to relax. Then it's back to work starting with three consecutive races. We're going to try to do a real honeymoon at the end of the season."
McClenathan enters this weekend's NHRA Matco Tools SuperNationals presented by Racing Champions third in the POWERade Top Fuel point chase. He has 486 points, 233 points behind point leader Larry Dixon, who has won five of the first seven events, and 70 points behind Kenny Bernstein, who holds the second position.