Reading: Cory McClenathan preview

McCLENATHAN SHOOTS FOR A WIN AND FOURTH PLACE IN READING BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Aug. 20, 2009) - Now that Cory McClenathan has clinched a berth in the Countdown to 1 playoffs, which begin following the U.S. Nationals on Labor Day weekend for the...

McCLENATHAN SHOOTS FOR A WIN AND FOURTH PLACE IN READING

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Aug. 20, 2009) - Now that Cory McClenathan has clinched a berth in the Countdown to 1 playoffs, which begin following the U.S. Nationals on Labor Day weekend for the final six events of the year, he couldn't be more eager to win his first national event of the season. And this weekend's 25th annual NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, outside of Reading, Pa., would be a perfect venue for that victory.

With only two events remaining before the Countdown kicks in - Reading and the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis - McClenathan has a strong chance to move into fourth place in the standings driving the FRAM Tough Guard Top Fuel dragster. He's only 13 points out of that position and a strong result in Reading could accomplish that for him.

"I'd like to be in fourth place when I leave Reading," said McClenathan, the 1997 Reading Top Fuel champion. "It's attainable, it's right there. We just need to go out and do what we've been doing, and that's going rounds, going to the semifinals and the finals. Maybe we can get into our fourth final of the year in Reading and win the race. Winning right before we go to Indy would be fantastic.

"It's going to get really busy for everybody here pretty quickly," he added. "And I'd love to start the weekend off by qualifying well, then rolling into Indy with a win under our belts.

"We're going to be testing at the track in Indianapolis next week, so we have a lot going on before the Countdown begins. There's a lot of people dancing for position out there, and we realize that. But now that we're in the Countdown it does take some pressure off.

"It would be perfect if we could win again in Reading. I'm one of those people who does not like to go a year without a win and it's been well over a year now since the Las Vegas 1 win last year. So, we need to step up and win one for Don Schumacher Racing, FRAM Tough Guard and all the sponsors, and that's what we're going to try to do."

McClenathan was also low qualifier in Reading in 1992.

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Don Schumacher