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Cory Mac To Be Released By DSR

John Sturbin | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, November 6 2010

Cory McClenathan to be cut loose by his team.

NHRA Top Fuel driver Cory McClenathan, a championship contender throughout 2010, will head into the season-ender next weekend as a lame duck.

Team-owner Don Schumacher said McClenathan will be released following conclusion of the Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona, Calif., Nov. 11-14.

McClenathan, who has been racing the FRAM Top Fuel Dragster for DSR since 2008 and has been sponsored by Honeywell brands FRAM, Prestone and Autolite since 2006, is in the midst of championship battle involving points-leader Larry Dixon of Al-Anabi Racing and runnerup Tony Schumacher of DSR.

Dixon, a two-time world champion, has an 85-point lead over Schumacher, the seven-time/reigning champion. McClenathan is third, 106 points behind Dixon but only 21 behind teammate Schumacher.

“This was a tough decision to make,” Don Schumacher said in a statement. “Cory has done such an outstanding job for DSR and Honeywell and he has been an important member of the DSR family. He is a remarkable race car driver, and clearly a champion in the making.

“I have invited Cory to stay on with the team until he finds another ride. I have also asked him to be available if we were in need of a test driver or if we were to introduce another team in the future.”

A replacement driver will be named after the 2010 Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season.

“I am not retiring,” said McClenathan, 47, a four-time championship runnerup. “I’ve had a wonderful relationship with Don Schumacher, both personal and professional. I’m grateful to him and to Honeywell for all they have done for me. Right now I have to focus on trying to win the 2010 championship, which I want to do for DSR, for Fram, Prestone and Autolite and, of course, for myself. After this season is over, I will pursue other opportunities to continue racing in the NHRA Full Throttle Series.”

Since joining DSR in 2008, Cory Mac has won five national events in 15 final rounds, and has qualified No. 1 eight times. He set the quickest elapsed time in NHRA history (racing to 1,000 feet) of 3.752-seconds in 2010. During his 20-year career, McClenathan has won 34 national events in 65 final rounds and qualified on-pole 38 times.

Headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., DSR consists of six professional NHRA teams _The U.S. Army Dragster driven by Schumacher; the FRAM Dragster being vacated by McClenathan and the Matco Tools/U.S. Army Dragster of Antron Brown.

DSR’s Funny Car teams are the NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger driven by Ron Capps, the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge piloted by Jack Beckman and the DieHard Dodge driven by 2010 championship contender Matt Hagan.

Since 1998, Don Schumacher Racing teams have won 150 national events in 293 final rounds and eight world championships.

– John Sturbin can be reached at jsturbin@racintoday.com

John Sturbin | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, November 6 2010
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  • Wayne M. says:

    Who really knows what the real reason(s) are, but, one thing is for sure, the fuel classes in the NHRA have become a popularity contest within its own ranks. The folks like John Force (not one of the pretty boys), Beckman, Pedregon and others have been around a long time and sell tickets. That’s the name of the game! Cory Mac, although well known, doesn’t have the draw or fan appeal the rest do and is a natural choice to shoot just to get your organization in the spotlight again. If Tony S. had won the championship again, Cory Mac would still be driving the FRAM Top Fueler.

  • Scott P says:

    I dont thing it has anything to do with DSR or Tony. I do think it was a contract thing. The people who sponser the car and have Cory under contract seem like the AS$Ho888. I think the best way for Cory to get out of this is to cut bait and move on.If I have all this correct,Cory Leases the car etc from Don, but the driving contract winnings go to the sponser, not Don.I think this is a complicated deal and Cory is tired of it. lets hope he starts fresh.Good luck Cory.

  • Jack says:

    Well, maybe if we had fewer pretty boys who don’t win (rich kids like Morgan Lucas, Tony Schumacher, etc.) and a few more pros like Cory then NHRA would be doing better than they are. I am very tired of this kind of stuff from the NHRA. Watch Tony’s reaction times versus his CAR’S performance and it is pretty obvious that his team pulls the fat out of the fire most times. And that Lucas family is just as sickening. If that kid’s mom and dad didn’t own the team he would not have a ride. I’ll take Cory, John Force, Tim Wilkerson any day over the pretty “young” boys.

  • Joe L. says:

    Well word is Cory is “too old” – well Fram lost my little slice of business because I guess I am too old as well . . . DSR – well this makes you no better than any other player out there, but no worse either.