Columbus: Cory McClenathan eliminations summary

McClenathan falls in quarterfinals HEBRON, Ohio (June 15, 2003) -- Last year at this race Cory McClenathan was driving the car owned by David Baca. At this year's NHRA Pontiac Excitement Nationals he is racing Baca. The veteran McClenathan,...

McClenathan falls in quarterfinals

HEBRON, Ohio (June 15, 2003) -- Last year at this race Cory McClenathan was driving the car owned by David Baca. At this year's NHRA Pontiac Excitement Nationals he is racing Baca.

The veteran McClenathan, now driver of the Darrell Gwynn Racing/NY Yankees/Berryman Products Dragster, has met rookie Top Fuel driver Baca once earlier this year, with McClenathan claiming a close victory at Bristol.

On today's race with Baca, McClenathan said, "To me it's just a race. I want to win each and every time, no matter whose in the other lane. Baca and I were friends long before we teamed up together, we're friends now and will be long after both of us finish racing."

McClenathan and Baca put on a drag race. In taking the win light, Cory Mac covered the National Trail Raceway quarter-mile in 4.616 seconds, Baca in 4.656 seconds. On this Father's Day, McClenathan dedicated this win to his father who is still recuperating from an auto accident.

Next up for the Riverside, Calif. driver was the current POWERade Top Fuel point leader, Larry Dixon.

Dixon was away first at the green light. The Miller Lite driver then opened the door for McClenathan when he started to smoke the big Goodyears; Cory Mac was unable to take advantage of the opportunity. Dixon took the win in 4.761 seconds, while McClenathan trailed with an elapsed time of 4.887 seconds.

"The day started out good for this Yankees/Berryman Products dragster when I beat my old boss, David Baca," said McClenathan. "We ran a 4.61 but all the other winners where in the 50s (4.50 second range). So we stepped it up between rounds to be more competitive. Once again (Larry) Dixon gave us the opportunity to win when he smoked the tires but we shredded a blower belt and it took out several coil wires."

"I think its been several years since I've won against Dixon. He keeps opening the door giving us the opportunity to take a win home. We just can't take advantage of the opportunities. We've got a good group here at Darrell Russell Racing and it's just a matter of time before we're back on track."

McClenathan remained fifth in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings. Cory Mac has 602 points.

The NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series reaches the halfway point of the 2003 schedule when McClenathan and the Darrell Gwynn Racing team travel to St. Louis, June 27-29, for the 7th annual Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill.

Shawn Gann Berryman Products Pro Stock Motorcycle

OOPS:

Correction from Last Race: A Pro Stock Suzuki must weigh a minimum of 600 pounds -- rider and bike. Thanks to Rob Aquilina for pointing out this error.

Today's Action:

In the opening round, #3 qualifier Shawn Gann squared off against Steve Johnson, who qualified 14th with a pass of 7.220 seconds at 181.54 mph. Gann came away with the win. Next up was Karen Stoffer. A red-light ended Gann's day against Stoffer.

The next event for Pro Stock Bike, the 7th of 14 motorcycle events on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, is the 7th annual Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., June 27-29.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Shawn Gann , David Baca , Cory McClenathan , Karen Stoffer , Darrell Gwynn , Cory Mac , Steve Johnson