As the son of former national champ Jerry McClanahan and the father of 2010 Super Stock national champ Ryan McClanahan, Brian McClanahan has been to the winner’s circle many times at NHRA national events, but he didn’t have a Wally trophy to call his own until he defeated Dwayne Scheitlin in the Stock final round on Sunday in Sonoma. McClanahan left first, .019 to .045, and held on for a narrow win with a 9.871 on his 9.84 dial. Scheitlin matched his dial with a 10.116 but was .001-second behind at the finish line.
McClanahan was in the final round of the 2011 Phoenix event and the 2015 Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona and broke in both of them. This time, he had no such mechanical issues. Driving his AA/SA ’69 Camaro, one of the quickest cars in the Sonoma field, McClanahan defeated Jon Irving Jr., Brad Burton, Carl Battis, Joe Sorensen, and Justin Jerome to reach his third career final.