by Tracy Renck Thu, 2022-05-12 06:44
As the NHRA Camping World Virginia NHRA Nationals rolls into Richmond, Va., this weekend, what better time to turn back the Hot Tub Time Machine and visit with Cory McClenathan.
The standout Top Fuel driver is the all-time winner in the Top Fuel class in Richmond with four wins in 1995, 1998-99 and 2006.
“Every time we went to Richmond, it was just one of those tracks I really liked and literally everything always went our way,” McClenathan said in an interview with CompetiionPlus.com. “We worked for it and at the same time everybody gets a lucky one here and there and I’m sure I did during those four times. At the same time, it was really cool to go to a track where I was thinking I’m almost going to win this for sure. You get to be that way with those tracks. The ones you struggle on, you’re like God, just let me go a couple rounds.”
by Bill Swanson Thu, 2022-05-12 06:16
Established in 1955, Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove Wisconsin has a storied history, and the 2022 race reason will mark another milestone for the iconic track with the completion of its all new racing surface.
Work began at the completion of the 2021 season with the wall-to-wall demolition of the existing 40-plus-year-old race surface.
Overseen by Total Venue Concepts, the new racing surface features concrete from before the burnout box, to 200 feet beyond the starting line. From there, the transition to new asphalt goes to 100 feet beyond the finish line, and seamlessly meets up with the shutdown asphalt that was laid 2 years ago. With imperceptible transitions, TVC and local contractors A.W. Oakes and Payne & Dolan have provided racers with a safe, smooth surface.
In addition, the entire timing system has been rewired, with new beams and improved mounting to assure accuracy at every incremental.