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 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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