MCCLENATHAN IS RUNNER-UP TO DSR TEAMMATE SCHUMACHER IN TOPEKA TOPEKA, Kan. (May 23, 2010) - Cory McClenathan and the FRAM Top Fuel dragster team came out swinging in eliminations at the 22nd annual NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.
MCCLENATHAN IS RUNNER-UP TO DSR TEAMMATE SCHUMACHER IN TOPEKA
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 23, 2010) - Cory McClenathan and the FRAM Top Fuel dragster team came out swinging in eliminations at the 22nd annual NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. McClenathan landed in his fourth final round of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, the 61st of his career, and the fourth at Heartland Park. The only thing he didn't accomplish was winning his 34th career national event. Instead, his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher, in the other lane, earned his 64th career victory and the 143rd for DSR since 1998.
"Cory Mac," who started No. 7 after having qualified in the top five at each previous national event, made up for the deficit by first defeating Morgan Lucas in the opening round with a 3.914/309.34. The FRAM team stepped up considerably in the quarterfinal match-up by pulling out McClenathan's quickest pass of the weekend to defeat Doug Kalitta with a 3.853/313.88. He then posted another stellar run of 3.859/313.58 in the semifinal to dismiss Brandon Bernstein.
It was an all-DSR final-round contest as McClenathan, with lane choice over his teammate, clocked another outstanding pass in the hottest part of the day, a 3.864/312.35, but it was Schumacher first at the finish line by five-thousandths of a second (barely two feet) with a slower yet winning 3.875/310.27.
"We came from behind," said McClenathan, who holds on to second place in the standings, 97 markers behind Larry Dixon. "We qualified not really where we wanted to and we had some tough opponents throughout the day. Obviously, to step up and start running good was big. And the FRAM boys (crew chiefs Phil Shuler and Todd Okuhara) told me that they thought they found what was wrong with it and were going to throw it at Kalitta, and that's when the FRAM car really turned around.
"I can't complain. Things have gone well, my lights (reaction times) have been just fine. Same thing in the final (0.58 to .074). Tony just stepped up a little more than I did. That’s all there is to it. It was a good drag race between DSR cars and we gained a round on Dixon in the points.
"I think we're just getting started. We're going to come out swinging here at the next four events in a row."
Next up is the 13th annual United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill., June 4-6.