Pomona Cory Mac story (Top Fuel)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (626) 914-4761 RECORD VICTORY, BIG PURSE COULD PROVIDE COMFORT FOR McCLENATHAN POMONA, Calif. -- The great chase has fallen just short for Cory McClenathan, but he wants to use the ...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (626) 914-4761

RECORD VICTORY, BIG PURSE COULD PROVIDE COMFORT FOR McCLENATHAN POMONA, Calif. -- The great chase has fallen just short for Cory McClenathan, but he wants to use the season-ending Winston Finals to send a message. McClenathan, from Anaheim, Calif., produced one of the most memorabletears in NHRA history by winning six of 10 races since July in the McDonald's Dragster, climbing from fifth to second in the NHRA Winston point standings. But the pursuit of his first title ended in late October when points leader Gary Scelzi won the Matco Tools SuperNationals at Houston, putting a virtual lock on the season title. It appears Cory Mac will finish second for the third time since 1992. "When you get close to winning the championship and see it slip away, it hurts," McClenathan said. "But we know we have plenty to look forward to at the last race in Pomona." Indeed. McClenathan could make a record-setting and lucrative statement at the 33rd annual, $1,466,600 Winston Finals, Nov. 6-9. It's the last race of the $30-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series in 1997. A victory at Pomona would give McClenathan seven wins in 1997, an NHRA Top Fuel single-season record. A victory in the Budweiser Classic special event Nov. 8 and the Finals Nov. 9 would put $200,000 into McClenathan's wallet. An NHRA elapsed-time national record would pad that billfold with another $50,000. That's a lot of "what ifs." But no Top Fuel driver has dominated the second half of the season like McClenathan. He has compiled a 30-4 record during eliminations since mid-July and became the first drag racer to break 320 mph with a 321.77 speed in mid-October at Dallas. "We all want to win the championship," McClenathan said. "I don't think anybody wants to win it worse than me. But still, I'll have to look at this as an outstanding year all the way around."

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Drivers Gary Scelzi , Cory Mac