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Cory Mac: New Clutch System Unpredictable at Houston The frustration of working with a new clutch system that sometimes works like it has a mind of its own caught up with Cory McClenathan and the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM Top Fuel team Sunday ...

Cory Mac: New Clutch System Unpredictable at Houston

The frustration of working with a new clutch system that sometimes works like it has a mind of its own caught up with Cory McClenathan and the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM Top Fuel team Sunday following his first-round finish in the O' Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.

Getting only two qualifying runs thanks to a Saturday rain storm, McClenathan had to start from the No. 16 position. He squared off against top qualifier Whit Bazemore when the event began after a three-hour rain delay. The car had traction trouble and McClenathan trailed Bazemore across the finish line -- 4.559 seconds at 320.05 mph to 5.719 at 171.51.

"Obviously losing in the first round like this isn't the way we want things to go," McClenathan said. "We are a better team than that, and we have a better car than that.

"We are trying as hard as possible and we will get things worked out. We knew going into the season we'd experience some problems because we have a new clutch system. Wes Cerny, our crew chief, and Tony Shortall, our assistant crew chief, are making progress with it.

"We even had trouble with our computer all weekend and had no data, so it was just a roll of the dice when it came to our tune-up. I am glad we are done with this race.

"We are looking forward to going to Las Vegas (April 13-15). We ran well there in testing and that's what we want to do again."

-credit: cbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac