CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2010) – Two-wide or four-wide, 34-time NHRA
Top Fuel winner, Cory McClenathan, is a force to be reckoned with at zMAX
Dragway and he is looking for his third straight victory at the Bellagio of
drag strips Sept. 16-19 at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.
McClenathan, known to his legion of nitro fans as “Cory Mac,” is the
winningest Top Fuel driver in the history of zMAX Dragway, with victories in
both the 2009 O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals and this year’s inaugural
NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
“To go into a race track knowing we’ve had the kind of success
we’ve had at zMAX Dragway is a big deal,” said McClenathan. “It takes a lot
off my shoulders. We’ve won there two-wide and four-wide and now we’re going
back for the Countdown.
“I know we’re going to the best facility for us to run the best
[elapsed time] and the big mph. I don’t have to worry about that. My job is
to go out there and step on the gas pedal when the tree comes down and
that’s all I have to worry about on Sunday.”
After being introduced to drag racing by his father, Dick
McClenathan, a former drag racer himself, Cory Mac began his racing career
at age 16 driving high-performance Volkswagens. It wasn’t until 1991 that
McClenathan first stepped into a Top Fuel dragster. Since, he has
established himself as one of the best drivers in NHRA’s elite division.
In his Top Fuel career, McClenathan has amassed 34 victories in 64
final round appearances, including three wins this season, and has recorded
504 total round wins. In addition, Cory Mac was the first driver to break
the 4.80-second elapsed time barrier (in the quarter-mile) with a
4.799-second run in Reading, Pa., in 1992 and the first to eclipse the
320-mph barrier with a 322.17-mph run in Dallas in 1997.
Hoping to continue his winning streak, Cory Mac, will return to zMAX
Dragway along with his Top Fuel brethren for round two of the six-race NHRA
Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship Sept. 16-19 at the O’Reilly Auto
Parts NHRA Nationals.
The four-day drag racing event is sure to play a pivotal role in
deciding the world championships in NHRA’s top four professional classes.
McClenathan currently sits in second place going into the O’Reilly Auto
Parts NHRA Nationals, just 46 markers behind point leader Larry Dixon in the
Top Fuel division championship standings.
Tickets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, Sept. 16-19, at
zMAX Dragway can be obtained by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket
office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or online at www.zmaxdragway.com. General
admission four-packs are available for only $14.75 per person on Friday and
$29.75 for Saturday or Sunday.
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