Baytown: Cory McClenathan Friday summary

Cory Mac Hangs onto 16th Place at Houston FRAM Dragster Gets Out of Groove, Still Runs 4.689 Seconds BAYTOWN, Texas, March 30, 2007 -- Cory McClenathan's eyes lit up when he picked up Friday's O'Reilly Spring Nationals qualifying results ...

Cory Mac Hangs onto 16th Place at Houston
FRAM Dragster Gets Out of Groove, Still Runs 4.689 Seconds

BAYTOWN, Texas, March 30, 2007 -- Cory McClenathan's eyes lit up when he picked up Friday's O'Reilly Spring Nationals qualifying results at Houston Raceway Park.

"Hey, we are 16th! with our 4.689 (seconds)," he said. Indeed, the FRAM Top Fuel dragster was there following the day's second qualifying run. It was a bit of a nail-biter, too.

"We knew we had to get down the track on that run after our 10.52 (seconds on the first run) because we don't know what the weather is going to do. It was hard to tell where the groove is (in the track) at night. From my point, the crew did a good job preparing the car and I didn't do a good job driving.

"The car got out of the groove and when I was trying to get in back in, the engine dropped a couple of cylinders and the (blower) belt came off. We'd run 274 mph at half-track and we were at 276.86 at the finish line.

"Our numbers show we can run better than that."

The final two qualifying attempts are scheduled Saturday, but the weather forecast is calling for 70-percent rain.

-credit: cbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac