Atlanta: Cory McClenathan final qualifying summary

Qualifying: Cory McClenathan Summit Racing Equipment Nationals presented by Pontiac Atlanta Dragway -- Commerce, Ga. Session ...

Qualifying: Cory McClenathan
Summit Racing Equipment Nationals presented by Pontiac
Atlanta Dragway -- Commerce, Ga.


Session #1 Friday: 4.588 seconds at 324.90 mph (#1)
Session #2 Friday: Cancelled
Session #1 Saturday: 4.698 seconds at 300.093 mph (#3)
Session #2 Saturday: 4.569 seconds at 318.92 mph (#3)

McClenathan third at Atlanta.

COMMERCE, Ga. -- R-A-I-N! The operative word of the day was rain. Actually, it's the operative of the last two days. It rained Friday. It rained Saturday.

Friday's qualifying for the NHRA Summit racing Equipment Southern Nationals presented by Pontiac, originally scheduled to get underway around the 3 o'clock hour, was delayed until the early evening hours. On Saturday, it was 3:50 p.m. before the first car went down the track, but both qualifying were run.

After the rain cleared on Saturday, Cory McClenathan resided in the third position on the qualifying grid on the strength of a 4.569 second pass at 318.92 mph. On Friday, he had established a career best speed of 324.90 mph.

McClenathan, from Anaheim, Calif., driver of the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports Top Fuel Dragster, will face Darrell Russell in the opening round of eliminations. Russell qualified 14th with an elapsed time of 5.552 seconds.

"We were really happy with the car today (Saturday), especially in the second run when we ran a 4.56," said McClenathan. "Can't compare that to Kenny's (Bernstein) 54 (4.54 seconds) though. The good thing is that this Henkelman & Baca dragster is right there with him. That's really what counts here. That's a big deal for us. We tried a couple new things and it looks like they might work out for us. We're not really leaning on this car that much, so I see big things from us in the future.

"Tomorrow, we want to be consistent, but we're not going to throw the whole trailer at it. We need to be able to go from A to B to win races. It will be the old one round at a time and go from there."

-h&bm-

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