It is indeed true that you can tune a piano, but you can't tune-a-fish, yet when it comes to the "Tuna Tank", that axiom holds no water. The Tuna Tank in this case is Kevin McClelland's winning Roadster. Kevin is a Sr. Special Project Manager at K&N Engineering and he's positioned smack-dab in the middle of a family of tremendous, Tuna Tank, tuners.
McClelland's win last weekend in the NMCA/NMRA West Coast Shootout was his second win in a row at Fontana Dragway.
Kevin McClelland current Roadster manifestation is Tuna Tank IV, a far cry from his dad's first TT, which was a Fiat Topolino B/Altered car.
"My current Roadster is Tuna Tank IV, and we're up to Tuna Tank VII with Daniel's wagon," Kevin explained. Daniel is Kevin's son and it was Kevin's father, Dave, who first coined the term Tuna Tank back in the 70's when he worked at the NHRA.
Two weeks ago Kevin and his Big Mac Racing team raced in the Pacific Street Car Association (PSCA) event held at Fontana Auto Club Dragway and Kevin's tank proved to be tuned to perfection as he got the win.
Then, last weekend when the Inaugural JE Pistons NMCA/NMRA West Coast Shootout converged at Fontana, Kevin made it back-to-back Bracket-1 victories at his favorite track. The PSCA and NMRA/NMCA both draw from many of the same racecars for their Bracket-1 class. Both Kevin and Daniel say they race just about whatever association is running at Fontana. "It our home track," adds Kevin.
"Winning two weekends in a row is just about as good as doubling up in one day," Kevin said. "One of the interesting facts of the two weekends is that I only ran against the same car twice, and that was in the final round of both weekends. Both weekends I was blessed with things going my way. Having the best reaction time in the ladder round, which gave me the bye run the next round, to having one of the fastest cars in the class, all attributed to my success. Also, I fully rebuilt the whole car last year, which gave the car a new level a consistency." On his race resume Kevin also lists three National event wins in Super Gas, four divisional wins, and one division championship.
The 2011 Summit Series at Fontana Dragway was an abbreviated season this year, yet Daniel finished third overall in the points, that qualifies him for prestigious Summit Race of Champions. Kevin ended his regular season in the number ten spot in Super Pro, which qualifies him for the Summit Team, "Which we will represent Fontana Auto Club Dragway at the ET Finals held at 'The Strip' in Las Vegas this year," Kevin said.
This weekend (July 29-30) Big Mac Racing is headed to race at another PSCA event at "The Strip" in Las Vegas, Nevada, the figuratively and literally cool "Showdown After Sundown."
"This is a very cool weekend with all racing happening at night," says Kevin. "We don't even start time trials until 7PM, and we race until 3AM in the morning. It's a great way to beat the summer heat in Las Vegas!"
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