NHRA Revell Nationals Sees McClenathan Set Speed Record at 320mph

20 October 1997


In the final round of Top Fuel at the Revell Nationals (Ennis, TX), Cory 
McClenathan beat Joe Amato with a 4.802 et and 302.21 mphi.   However, on his 
way to winning the day the Anaheim, CA, Flash set a new world's drag racing 
record when he zapped the lights at 321.77mph and a 4.570 et in the
semi finals. Amato also topped 320 mph in the semi, and both drivers broke
Kenny Bernstein's one-year old record of 319 mph. Owner of the McClenathan 
piloted dragster is former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs whose 
former team also won yesterday

In Funny Car Al Hoffman driving a Firebird beat out points leader John
Force with a 5.083, 261.60 mph to Force's 15.878 as John puked it at the
christmas tree.  Points leader Jim Yates took the honors in Oro Stock 
driving his Firebird 197.41 mph, 7.023 over Warren Johnson at 7.040 
194.42 mph.

Gary Scelzi still leads Top Fuel standings 1622 points to McClenathan
1529.  Funny Car points leader is Force, 1697 over Whit Bazemore with 1299 
points.

Bill Maloney -- The Auto Channel




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