Baytown: Cory McClenathan final summary

McClenathan leaves Houston No. 7 in POWERade points BAYTOWN, Texas (April 18, 2004) -- With the second quickest time in the opening round of the NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman...

McClenathan leaves Houston No. 7 in POWERade points

BAYTOWN, Texas (April 18, 2004) -- With the second quickest time in the opening round of the NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel dragster, defeated local Houston area driver Darrell Russell.

McClenathan recorded a pass of 4.577 seconds, while Russell, from Hockley, Texas, ran the Houston Raceway Park quarter-mile in 6.322 seconds.

The quarterfinals against Brandon Bernstein turned out to be a battle of smoking tires and who could hook up the fastest. McClenathan got away first at the green light but immediately lost traction. Meanwhile, Bernstein was racing toward the finish line when the tire-smoking malady bit his Budweiser dragster. McClenathan recovered and started chasing Bernstein down but Bernstein had enough of a lead to recover and reach the finish line first.

"We took out a real good car in that first round," said McClenathan. "Russell's up there in points. Russell and some other key people in the point battle went out early. That helps because the pack is not getting too far away from us. The points are getting spread out a little bit. That's a good thing.

"We're learning here. My crew chief Todd Smith and I have only a handful of races in this car together. The guys on this team are coming on strong. They were awesome between the first and second round, turning this car around and readying it for the second round.

McClenathan and the Carrier Boyz Racing team leave Houston No. 7 in NHRA POWERade points with 243.

Carrier Boyz Racing now moves to the hometown of team owners and brothers Andy and Mark Carrier for the NHRA O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, April 29-May 2.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Brandon Bernstein , Todd Smith