Commerce: Cory McClenathan final summary

McClenathan takes FRAM AirHog to quarterfinals Remains No. 6 in POWERade points COMMERCE, Ga. (May 15, 2005) -- After a rain delay of four hours and five minutes, eliminations for the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals presented...

McClenathan takes FRAM AirHog to quarterfinals

Remains No. 6 in POWERade points

COMMERCE, Ga. (May 15, 2005) -- After a rain delay of four hours and five minutes, eliminations for the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals presented by Pontiac got underway at Atlanta Dragway.

Cory McClenathan, who qualified No. 5 in the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster, had an easy first round when his opponent Scott Palmer broke and couldn't make the call for the opening round. In a single run, the Lake Havasu City, Ariz., recorded a pass of 4.583 seconds at 322.65 mph.

After the opening round, the rains returned and racing was delayed for an additional 2 hours and 10 minutes. Racing resumed at about 7 o'clock under partly sunny/cloudy skies.

In the quarterfinals, McClenathan brought the FRAM AirHog to the starting line against Brandon Bernstein. It was the 10th career meeting between the pair.

At the starting line, McClenathan was away first at the green. At the finish line it was Bernstein crossing first in 4.586 seconds, followed by McClenathan slightly behind in 4.643 seconds.

"The conditions for the second round changed after that last rain delay," said McClenathan. "We thought the car would run about a 4.56 second pass, but unfortunately we shook the tires and that slowed us down. I was away first and it still ran a 64 (4.64 seconds) pedaling it. I actually thought I won. I didn't see him until after I hit the chutes and then I realized my win light didn't come on. It's just one of those things; they had a better car this time.

"This Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog dragster ran pretty consistent this weekend. It ran mostly 50s (4.50 second range) until that round there. We'll just pick up in Columbus where we left off here and go after them there. We need to pick up points."

As McClenathan heads to the next event in Columbus, he leaves the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals with 397 points, No. 6 in the POWERade Top Fuel point standings.

The Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals was the first of six races in seven weeks for Carrier Boyz Racing. Next up is the Pontiac Performance Nationals at National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio, next weekend (May 19-22)., then to Topeka, Kan., the following weekend. 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: A repeat of the same day coverage of eliminations can be seen on ESPN2 early Monday morning, May 16, from 2 until 3:30 a.m. Television time is EASTERN TIME (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Brandon Bernstein