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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (626) 914-4761 POST-RACE NOTES: PIONEER ELECTRONICS KEYSTONE NATIONALS, SEPT. 11-14, READING, PA. TOP FUEL *Cory McClenathan tied an NHRA Top Fuel record by appearing in his ...

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Contact: NHRA Communications (626) 914-4761

POST-RACE NOTES: PIONEER ELECTRONICS KEYSTONE NATIONALS,

SEPT. 11-14, READING, PA.

TOP FUEL

*Cory McClenathan tied an NHRA Top Fuel record by appearing in his sixth consecutive final round in the McDonald's Dragster owned by former NFL coach Joe Gibbs. McClenathan won four straight races -- the Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals, Autolite Nationals, Northwest Nationals and Champion Auto Stores Nationals -- and was runner-up at the U.S. Nationals before winning this event. Scott Kalitta also appeared in six consecutive finals in 1994, winning four.

*Cory McClenathan was fifth in the NHRA Winston standings June 30, 413 behind leader Gary Scelzi. McClenathan has won five of six races since then to pull to within 75 points of Scelzi.

*Lee Beard guided driver Kenny Bernstein to a runner-up finish in his debut as crew chief of the Budweiser King Dragster. Beard replaced Dale Armstrong, who parted company with Bernstein on Sept. 8 after nearly 16 years as crew chief.

FUNNY CAR

*John Force's lead over second-place Whit Bazemore grew to 194 points after winning the event in the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang, Force's biggest gap since leading by 195 after the Sears Craftsman Nationals in late June at Madison, Ill. PRO STOCK

*Former NBA power forwards Tom Hammonds and Larry Nance both qualified. Hammonds, from Crestview, Fla., made the field for the first time in 13 career starts, qualifying 13th in the Winnebago Oldsmobile Cutlass. Nance, from Akron, Ohio, qualified for the fourth time this season, taking 14th in the Catch 22 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Both lost in the first round.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE

*Matt Hines will clinch his first NHRA Winston championship at the Sears Craftsman Nationals, Sept. 25-28 at Topeka, Kan., if he holds a 277-point lead after the event. Hines leads second-place John Myers by 260 points after his victory in this event.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Matt Hines , Kenny Bernstein , Whit Bazemore , John Force , Gary Scelzi , Cory McClenathan , Scott Kalitta , Tom Hammonds , Larry Nance