Tire smoke, Grubnic give Cory Mac short day
Las Vegas, Sunday: Unexpected tire smoke and loss of traction led to Cory McClenathan’s early exit from Sunday’s SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“We think it was a case of too much, too soon in the tune-up of our FRAM Boost Top Fuel dragster,” McClenathan said following his first-round loss to David Grubnic in a tire-smoking, throttle-pedaling effort, 5.120 seconds at 305.29 mph to 5.612 at 2326.42.
“The tires started shaking and I pedaled it,” McClenathan recalled. “Then I saw him go up in smoke, too, and I hit it again, but his tires caught and mine didn’t, so I shut if off. This wasn’t like the Sunday we had in mind. We’ll just take our lumps and head down the road.
“Wes (Cerny, crew chief) and Tony (Shortall, assistant crew chief) were checking everything. We did have some ignition problems on Saturday.”
McClenathan did hang onto 10th place in NHRA POWERade Series points with 226 points.
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