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Cory Mac would like to make a good thing better COMMERCE, Ga. (May 11, 2004) -- There are always a handful of tracks that a driver does better at than others. Atlanta Dragway is one such track for Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz...

Cory Mac would like to make a good thing better

COMMERCE, Ga. (May 11, 2004) -- There are always a handful of tracks that a driver does better at than others. Atlanta Dragway is one such track for Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel dragster.

Since turning pro in 1991, in the 11 times that McClenathan has raced at Atlanta Dragway, he has won two events (1995 and 1998), advanced to the semifinals four times, the quarterfinals three times and exited in the first round only twice. Additionally, he has qualified in the top half of the Top Fuel ladder eight times, qualifying No.1 in 1995 and 2000. The veteran driver did not race at Atlanta in 1993 and 2001.

Although his fortunes have always been good at Atlanta Dragway, the last few years have not been up to the Cory Mac standard. A trend he would like to reverse at this weekend's NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals presented by Pontiac.

Since 2000, McClenathan has qualified first, third and fourth, good by anyone's standards. But in each event, he has exited in the early rounds -- twice in the quarterfinals and last year in the opening round.

"There are some race tracks where you go that you always have done well. For a long time Atlanta Dragway was one of those track for me. The last couple of years, with the exception of qualifying, have definitely not gone in my favor. It seems that on race day we just haven't been able to get our stuff together," said McClenathan, who is currently No. 7 in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings, just 22 points behind fifth.

"This year I'm with a new team. I'm hoping that with Carrier Boyz Racing and Todd Smith at the helm we can go some rounds with this Berryman Products car. We've started showing some consistency and the times are starting to challenge the big dogs. So this may be our year to rebound. I feel confident going into a track like Atlanta."

The NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals opens with two professional qualifying sessions for the nitro classes on Friday (May 14) at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. and two final qualifying sessions on Saturday (May 15) at noon and 3 p.m.. Final eliminations for all classes get underway on Sunday at 11 a.m. All times is Eastern Time (ET).

Same-day television coverage can be seen on ESPN2 with qualifying highlights on Saturday (May 15) from 6-8 p.m. and eliminations on Sunday (May 16) from 7-10 p.m. All times is Eastern Time (ET).

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac , Todd Smith