McClenathan's Berryman B-12 Chemtooler Top Fueler to debut at NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals. ENNIS, Texas -- When qualifying begins Friday for the NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at the Texas Motorplex,...
McClenathan's Berryman B-12 Chemtooler Top Fueler to debut at NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals.
ENNIS, Texas -- When qualifying begins Friday for the NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at the Texas Motorplex, Cory McClenathan, from Anaheim, Calif., will debut the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports Berryman B-12 Chemtooler Top Fuel Dragster.
McClenathan's dragster will carry the corporate red, white and blue colors of Berryman Products and is dubbed "Chemtooler" after Berryman's cartoon character who represents B-12 Chemtool, Berryman's flagship product line.
In addition to Berryman, the Berryman B-12 Chemtooler Top Fueler will be running O'Reilly Auto Parts decals as part of a Berryman in-store promotional program with O'Reilly Auto Parts in the Dallas market.
"The design on the car is awesome," said McClenathan. "This marketing partnership with Berryman Products came together at the right time. We're going to try and make this a great weekend for all the people at Berryman and O'Reilly.
"I look forward to going back to Dallas for other reasons too. I have won there three times and was runner-up another. In fact in 2000, at the end of the Joe Gibbs era, we won with this same car. We had a pretty good tune up for this car then and that win was under the 90 percent rule. We're excited about going back.
"I expect quick E.T.'s (elapsed times) and big speeds out of this Berryman B-12 Chemtooler Top Fuel car this weekend. The weather looks like it should be good for us and The Texas Motorplex always puts on a great race. A lot of good things coming up, this whole Henkelman & Baca team is looking forward to it."
In 1994, after one year as a hired driver with Larry Minor and three years as part of the Mac Attack family operation, McClenathan joined Joe Gibbs Racing and spent the next six years driving for the former Washington Redskins coach turned race car owner. It was during his tenure with Gibbs that McClenathan won the O'Reilly Fall Nationals three times -- 1996, 1997 and 2000. Gibbs, who owned a two-car NASCAR team, made a business decision to concentrate all his effort on the NASCAR side of things and left drag racing at the end of the 2000 season.
After sitting out all but this race in 2001, McClenathan returned to full-time driving this season with Henkelman & Baca Motorsports. He has been one of the surprises of the season and is sixth in the NHRA POWERade point standing entering the O'Reilly Fall Nationals.
While it looks like a two horse race for first and second between Larry Dixon and Kenny Bernstein, McClenathan is only 85 points behind third place Tony Schumacher, 15 points behind fourth place Doug Kalitta and 13 points behind Darrell Russell in fifth. A win would definitely move McClenathan up in the point race.
"We would like nothing more than to win this event for Berryman, O'Reilly and for the points," concluded McClenathan.
For the past 11 years McClenathan has been going quick and fast. Although 320 mph runs are common place now, he was the first driver in NHRA history to crack the 320 mile per hour barrier with a speed of 321. 77 mph at the Texas Motorplex in October of 1997.
Berryman Products, Inc., a privately held company, headquartered in Arlington, Texas, manufactures and distributes the highest quality professional automotive chemical products throughout the US and internationally. With warehouse facilities in Alabama, Texas and California, Berryman products are sold to major auto parts chains, mass merchants and wholesale suppliers to independent automotive repair shops and car dealers. To learn more visit their website at www.berrymanproducts.com.