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McClenathan wins Top Fuel event; Force, Yates clinch season titles

October 20, 1997

ENNIS, Texas (AP) _ Cory McClenathan won the Top Fuel title in the NHRA’s Revell Nationals on Sunday, overpowering the field with a performance that included the first 320 mph run in drag racing history.

McClenathan, of Anaheim, Calif., who matched a Top Fuel record with his sixth victory of the year, had a run of 4.570 seconds at 321.77 mph in his first-round victory over Spike Gorr.

In the final, McClenathan edged Joe Amato with a run of 4.802 seconds at 302.21 mph. Amato, who also surpassed 320 with a 320.17 during eliminations, had traction problems in the final, finishing in 8.871 at 110.76.

Al Hofmann won the Funny Car division, after John Force left the starting line too soon. With the runner-up finish, Force clinched his fifth straight series championship and seventh of the 1990s. He also set a Funny Car national speed record at 314.46 mph in the semifinals.

Jim Yates won his fourth straight Pro Stock title and ninth of the season to clinch his second straight series championship. Yates had a run of 7.028 at 197.41, while runner-up Warren Johnson finished in 7.040 at 194.42.