Columbus: Cory McClenathan final summary

The 600th round of eliminations not as Cory Mac envisioned Hebron, Ohio (May 22, 2005) -- Competing in his 600th round of eliminations today, Cory McClenathan did not have the outcome he envisioned at the 41st annual NHRA Pontiac Performance ...

The 600th round of eliminations not as Cory Mac envisioned

Hebron, Ohio (May 22, 2005) -- Competing in his 600th round of eliminations today, Cory McClenathan did not have the outcome he envisioned at the 41st annual NHRA Pontiac Performance Nationals presented by Summit Racing,

Up against Brandon Bernstein in the opening round, McClenathan gained a very small advantage at the green light but has to pedal the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster and that move allowed Bernstein to pull away to the win.

Bernstein recorded an elapsed time of 4.608 seconds to 4.853 for Cory Mac.

"I saw my 600th round going a lot different. First and foremost, I envisioned the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog car crossing the finish line first with me winning. Guess I was in the wrong dream. In reality, Bernstein had the better car today and he got to the finish line first, not me," said McClenathan.

"We'll pick up and head to the next race. Todd (Smith, crew chief) and the guys will regroup and we'll continue to try and win races and gain POWERade points. We're not out of this thing by any means."

McClenathan leaves the Pontiac Performance Nationals seventh in the Top Fuel point chase and now has accumulated 429 points.

Next up for Cory Mac and Carrier Boyz Racing is the O'Reilly Auto Parts Summer Nationals over the Memorial Day holiday weekend at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kan., the capital of the great state of Kansas. Then, after a week off, the series begins back-to-back-to-back races in Chicago -- Joliet, Ill. (June 9-12), Englishtown, N.J. (June 16-19) and St. Louis -- Madison, Ill. (June 24-26).

TELEVISION: ESPN2 will air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 8 until 11 p.m. this evening (Sunday, May 22). The elimination show repeats on ESPN2 early Monday morning, May 23, from 2 until 4:30 a.m. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Brandon Bernstein , Cory Mac