Columbus: Cory McClenathan Saturday summary

After qualifying No. 9, the 600th round of eliminations coming up for McClenathan Hebron, Ohio (May 21, 2005) -- With qualifying complete for this year's NHRA Pontiac Performance Nationals presented by Summit Racing, Cory McClenathan, driver...

After qualifying No. 9, the 600th round of eliminations coming up for McClenathan

Hebron, Ohio (May 21, 2005) -- With qualifying complete for this year's NHRA Pontiac Performance Nationals presented by Summit Racing, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster, turned a pass of 4.698 seconds down the National Trail Raceway quarter-mile into a No. 9 position on the final qualifying ladder.

"Track conditions interrupted our consistency during qualifying and we only went from point A to point B on our first run on Friday," said McClenathan. "Crew chief Todd Smith and clutch specialists Bob Bauer will put their heads together and come up with a game plan for the FRAM AirHog and we'll be able to go after them tomorrow."

McClenathan will pair off against Brandon Bernstein in the opening round in the morning. Bernstein qualified No. 8 with a run of 4.632 seconds at 323.97 mph

Now qualified, when McClenathan squares off against Bernstein in the opening round of eliminations he will be competing in his 600th round of Top Fuel competition.

"My 600th round, it's exciting," reflected McClenathan. "I remember back when they were talking about John (Force) getting his 900th round win. I don't have 900 rounds wins but I guess 600 rounds means I'm old and been out here a long time. At the same time it's kind of cool to know that we been out here long enough to get 600 rounds under our belt. I looking forward to it and am hoping my 600th will be a win over Brandon (Bernstein)."

Of the previous 599 rounds of eliminations that the Lake Havasu City, Ariz., driver has competed in, he has won 364 times for a winning percentage of 61-percent in a Top Fuel career that began in 1991.

During that span McClenathan has been to the Top Fuel final round 47 times, winning 28. Of his 28 career wins, one has come at National Trail Raceway. McClenathan defeated Larry Dixon here in 1996.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Cory McClenathan , Brandon Bernstein , Todd Smith