ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals
McClenathan hopes to say farewell to Cookie with pair of wins
“That was a very difficult thing for me to do,” McClenathan said, “but I feel fortunate to have had her with me while I was driving my trailer to the races. She was a great travel companion and one of my best friends. That’s why I want to win the race for her.”
McClenathan will get two opportunities at race victories at The Strip. He and the Fram Top Fuel team can take home $100,000 Saturday by winning the special Technicoat Top Fuel Shootout (formerly the Budweiser Shootout). The eight drivers with the most qualifying points this season are vying for the top prize. The event is run in conjunction with Saturday qualifying for Sunday’s penultimate 2007 POWERade Series event.
McClenathan was eighth in points. He races pacesetter Tony Schumacher in the opening round. In other pairings, Rod Fuller races David Grubnic, Larry Dixon meets J.R. Todd and Melanie Troxel meets Brandon Bernstein.
“I am looking forward to the Shootout,” said McClenathan, who wouldn’t mind sharing the largess with a crew that has endured more than the usual ups and downs this season. “We were happy to get in the top eight. We didn’t make it for sure until the last qualifying runs at
“In a couple of days (Nov. 4 at
When the curtain does fall, he hopes to be listed among Top Fuel’s top 10 in points. McClenathan, in his 16th full season, has been in that select group in all 15 seasons he’s run all the races. He is 11th with 923 points, 17 behind Grubnic.
While the season will soon be history, McClenathan will stay busy. He plans to visit the SEMA Show in
Others making the trek include Pro Stock drivers Warren Johnson and Jim Yates, Top Fuel driver Melanie Troxel and Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson Jr. They will return Nov. 14.
McClenathan also is working on a trip to
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