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McClenathan Wins Winston Showdown

July 9, 2000

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) _ Cory McClenathan won his first all-star event and earned his first NHRA victory since last season, winning the U.S. Nationals on Sunday.

Troy Coughlin, Matt Hines and Bob Panella also were winners in their respective pro categories at the $742,000 NHRA all-star event at Bristol Dragway.

McClenathan beat Ron Capps for the $200,000 first prize. He defeated defending Winston Showdown winner John Force, Whit Bazemore, Bob Gilbertson and Gary Scelzi in early elimination rounds. McClenathan powered his MBNA dragster to a final round run of 4.852 seconds at 291.32 mph, and crossed the finish line just in front of Capps’ U.S. Tobacco Chevy Camaro, which ran 5.168 at 275.28.

Coughlin earned $50,000 for his first major event win in Pro Stock, defeating Mark Pawuk in a photo finish. Coughlin recorded a 7.086 at 194.10 in an Oldsmobile Cutlass, edging Pawuks’ Pontiac Firebird, which posted a 7.100 at 194.24.

Hines earned his third-straight NHRA all-star victory in Pro Stock Motorcycle, overcoming a holeshot start by Antron Brown in an all Suzuki final. Hines posted a 7.337 at 184.19 en route to the $15,000 win, crossing the finish line just in front of Brown, who ran 7.364 at 178.52.

The Pro Stock Truck final feature an all Chevy S-10 match as Panella covered the distance in 7.695 at 175.21 to defeat defending winner Randy Daniels, who clocked a 7.709 at 175.96.

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