Brainerd: Cory McClenathan

McClenathan after points at BIR and Bob Frey's A-List BRAINERD, Minn. (August 10, 2005) -- Following three consistent outings by the FRAM AirHog dragster in the last three races, the Carrier Boyz Racing team and its driver Cory McClenathan...

McClenathan after points at BIR and Bob Frey's A-List

BRAINERD, Minn. (August 10, 2005) -- Following three consistent outings by the FRAM AirHog dragster in the last three races, the Carrier Boyz Racing team and its driver Cory McClenathan set sights on this weekend's 24th NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals at BIR, Brainerd International Raceway, in the heart of the "Land of 10,000 Lakes."

McClenathan, currently No. 9 in the NHRA POWERade point standings, knows he must make a move this weekend if he is to realize his goal of finishing in the top five this season.

"We started out the season with consistency and that got us to a final round at Houston," said McClenathan, "but then we hit a slump after that and took a hit in points. Over the last three races (crew chief) Todd Smith and (clutch specialist) Bob Bauer have things turned around and we've returned to top five contender status once again. Now this FRAM AirHog needs to start making up ground if this Carrier Boyz Racing team is to realize our goal of a top five finish in POWERade points.

"It's getting tough just to qualify, especially in the top half of the field. Top Fuel has become like Pro Stock has been for the last several years. You feel like you've accomplished something if you just get in the field for Sunday's eliminations.

"Anybody that makes the Top Fuel field can beat you but there are six to eight teams that can beat you consistently. Those are the teams we must now meet and beat head-on if we are going to get back in the top five. We must get off Bob Frey's B-list and stay on his A-list."

QUALIFYING: Qualifying gets underway for McClenathan and the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Dragster with two sessions on Friday, scheduled for 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Qualifying concludes with two additional sessions on Saturday, at 12 noon and 3 p.m. McClenathan begins his quest for the Top Fuel title on Sunday with eliminations for all classes getting underway at 11 a.m. All times are local Brainerd time -- Central Time (CT): 1 hour behind the Eastern Time zone -- and subject to change at anytime.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Todd Smith