Brainerd: Cory McClenathan Saturday summary

Cory McClenathan draws Tony Schumacher for raceday Sunday BRAINERD, Minn. (August 16, 2003) - As the Lucas Oil Nationals descended on Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), the weather was hot and humid, with the track hot and slippery -- not a...

Cory McClenathan draws Tony Schumacher for raceday Sunday

BRAINERD, Minn. (August 16, 2003) - As the Lucas Oil Nationals descended on Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), the weather was hot and humid, with the track hot and slippery -- not a good combination for low numbers and fast speeds.

Due to the conditions, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Darrell Gwynn-owned, NY Yankees/ Berryman Products dragster, was unable to improve on his initial run on Friday and finished 13th on the qualifying ladder. On that run, McClenathan stopped the BIR scoreboards in 4.885 seconds. He repeated that elapsed time (E.T.) in Friday's second session. Saturday's two passes netted a run of 4.903 seconds followed by a run of 5.428 seconds.

By qualifying No. 13, McClenathan, from Riverside, Calif. driver will be matched against the Army car of Tony Schumacher in tomorrow's opening round of eliminations. Schumacher qualified No. 4 with an elapsed time of 4.703 seconds. The pair have met once in 2003 with Cory Mac coming away with the victory. In 17 career match ups McClenathan has 10 wins.

"After the western swing, we were thinking about taking a different approach with this NY Yankees/Berryman Products car. Then we get here and the track was not exactly what we were hoping it would be. Most everybody, including us, has underestimated the track. We're just trying to make this car consistent. Its run consistent numbers all right, only not quick enough. We're just going to have to suck it up and find out what's wrong, then get back on track here," said McClenathan, as the team prepared for Schumacher."

For television highlights of qualifying, tune to ESPN2 from 10-11 p.m. tonight. Final eliminations for the Lucas Oil Nationals get underway at 11 a.m. (Local time-CDT) on Sunday. With same day, tape-delayed coverage, Sunday's eliminations can be viewed on ESPN (early elimination rounds) from 6-7 p.m. and on ESPN2 (final elimination rounds) from 10 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. Television times are Eastern Daylight Time and subject to change.

Gann rides Pro Stock Suzuki to second spot

BRAINERD, Minn. (August 16, 2003) - With the temperatures hovering in the 90s over the two days of qualifying, Shawn Gann placed his Mac Tools/ Berryman Products Suzuki in the No. 2 position for tomorrow's eliminations at the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Improving with each pass except his final, the Stoneville, N.C. driver had a best pass of 7.250 seconds in Saturdays first run. He will go heads up in tomorrow's opening round with Karen Stoffer, who qualified in the 15th spot with a pass of 7.335 seconds at 177.58 mph. Gann, #3 in Pro Stock Bike (PBS) points, will be vying for his third career win.

Pro Stock Bike Notes:

Scali (#1 in PSB points): Geno Scali's only career victory entering the 2003 season was his win at Brainerd last year. The Chicago native has three victories this season and is the leading contender for the 2003 POWERade title.

Savoie (#2 in PSB points): Defending Pro Stock Bike champion Angelle Savoie entered the 2002 season with six first round losses in her eight years of NHRA competition. She has five this season, including the last three in a row, nearly doubling her career total. Three-time champion Savoie won't surrender her crown easily though and the Vance & Hines two-bike team is on the verge of putting a Harley-Davidson in the winner's circle for the first time in NHRA history.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Shawn Gann , Cory McClenathan , Geno Scali , Karen Stoffer , Cory Mac