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Texas Motorplex To Honor Top Fuel Driver Cory McClenathan
October 9, 2019
The three-time track winner and 34-time Top Fuel NHRA national event winner will be honored at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals as the first recipient of the Texas Motorplex Legend award.
Texas Motorplex To Honor Top Fuel Driver Cory McClenathan

Three-time Texas Motorplex Top Fuel winner and 34-time Top Fuel NHRA national event winner Cory McClenathan will be honored at the upcoming 34th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals as the first recipient of the Texas Motorplex Legend award.

McClenathan—who announced he would race the final three NHRA Mello Yello Series national events of the 2019 season and then retire—last appeared at the FallNationals in 2018. He has 18 starts, two No. 1 qualifiers, five finals, three wins and 32-15 record at the NHRA super-track located just south of Dallas. McClenathan will be racing a Top Fuel dragster owned by Dexter Tuttle and sponsored by Revchem Composites and Nordic Boats.

Most notably, McClenathan was the first driver to exceed 320 mph when his McDonald’s sponsored Top Fuel dragster blazed down the all-concrete track at a speed of 321.77 mph in 1997. That run was voted the Top 5 all-time Motorplex Moment.

Additionally, McClenathan is recognized in the No. 9 all-time Motorplex Moment which was Don Prudhomme’s last professional victory as a driver. McClenathan was in the opposite lane against Prudhomme during that race in 1994.

“Cory McClenathan is a big part of the record-setting history of Texas Motorplex and the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals,” Texas Motorplex General Manager Andy Carter said to TexasMotorplex.com. “We are thrilled he is closing out his amazing career with another race in Ennis. We are honored to recognize him as the first Texas Motorplex Legend award recipient. We will have a special presentation for him during opening ceremonies and he will forever be recognized in the Texas Motorplex Champion’s Club.”

The AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals will be contested from October 18-20 with two days of qualifying on Friday and Saturday.

For tickets and more information, visit texasmotorplex.com.

Image courtesy of NHRA