McClenathan Believes Week-long Wait to Complete Torco Racing Fuels Nationals Will Be Good for FRAM Boost Top Fuel Team An unexpected extra week of preparation for the Torco Racing Fuels Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park received a...
McClenathan Believes Week-long Wait to Complete Torco Racing Fuels Nationals Will Be Good for FRAM Boost Top Fuel Team
An unexpected extra week of preparation for the Torco Racing Fuels Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park received a positive response from Cory McClenathan and the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM Boost Top Fuel team.
"It gives us more time to be prepared for the race," said McClenathan after two days of heavy rain muddied track parking lots and forced NHRA officials to postpone the race a week, to Oct. 13-15. NHRA is returning to VMP for the fist time since 2000.
"Our biggest goal is to get back into the top 10," added McClenathan, who was bumped to 11th position after the national event at Reading, Pa. (Sept. 30). "I still think we have a good shot at finishing in the top 10."
McClenathan has 857 POWERade Series points, 19 behind J.R. Todd and 60 behind Hillary Will, who are 10th and ninth in points, respectively. He also has more NHRA Top Fuel victories (three) at VMP than any other active driver in his category. He's won three times in Virginia (1995, in the inaugural race of NHRA's first tenure, and 1998-1999) and was second once (1997).
"I'm looking forward to racing there. It's too bad we didn't get it in last weekend, but we'll be ready Friday (when qualifying begins)," McClenathan said. "There's a lot we need to prove . . . and go down the track from A to B in qualifying and on Sunday. The cool weather that's predicted will help and conditions should be very good all weekend. I think Wes (Cerny, team crew chief) and Tony (Shortall, assistant crew chief) would much rather have cool weather than hot and muggy conditions. I think the fans will see very good numbers (elapsed times)."
McClenathan also congratulated VMP officials "because they did a nice job resurfacing the race track," he said. "That should help lower elapsed times and boost speeds. And it's good for Torco Racing Fuels owner Evan Knoll, who sponsoring his first NHRA race. Torco Racing Fuels is a Carrier Boyz Racing associate sponsor."
Professional category action begins Friday with qualifying sessions at 4 and 7 p.m. and continues with sessions at 1 and 4 p.m. Satuday. Sunday's eliminations get underway at 11 a.m.
The season will be down to two races following Sunday's finals -- stops at Las Vegas, Oct. 27-29, and Pomona, Calif., Nov. 9-12.