Denver: Cory McClenathan Saturday summary

McClenathan in at No. 6 in FRAM AirHog dragster MORRISON, Colo. (July 16, 2005) -- After four rounds of qualifying at the 26th annual NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel ...

McClenathan in at No. 6 in FRAM AirHog dragster

MORRISON, Colo. (July 16, 2005) -- After four rounds of qualifying at the 26th annual NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster, enters tomorrow's eliminations No. 6 on the final qualifying ladder.

McClenathan covered the Bandimere Speedway quarter mile in 4.682 seconds. He will face John Smith, who qualified No. 11 with a pass of 4.900 seconds, in the opening round tomorrow. The pair has not met this season, with McClenathan winning eight times in ten match ups during their respective careers.

"For a brand new car, I feel pretty good about qualifying," said McClenathan. "It's hard to run up here on the hill. My crew chief Todd Smith has been doing a good job this weekend of adjusting to the altitude and getting the car from A to B."

"That last run (4.747 seconds) was a good pass in the heat. Just as we did in the qualifying sessions, we need to approach eliminations one round at a time. Prepare ourselves for the first round and if we get by that one, then, and only then, should we think about the second round and try to run a little better. And so on through each rounds. That's all we can do at this point."

The Mopar Mile-High Nationals leads off the first of three consecutive events -- Denver, Seattle and Sonoma, Calif. -- on three consecutive weekends, which among the drag racing community is known as the "Western Swing."

In 12 previous events here at Bandimere Speedway, he has two wins, a runner-up and has advanced to the semifinals three other times. He defeated Tony Schumacher in 1997 and followed that up with a win over Joe Amato the following year. In 2002, he was runner-up to Darrell Russell.

ELIMINATIONS: McClenathan begins his quest for the Top Fuel title on Sunday with eliminations for all classes getting underway at 12 noon. Time is local Denver time -- Mountain Time (MT): 2 hours behind the Eastern Time zone -- and subject to change at anytime.

TELEVISION: A repeat of the qualifying highlights for the 26th annual NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals that were run this evening can be seen on ESPN2 early Sunday morning (July 17) from 3-5 a.m. ESPN2 will also air three hours of same-day television coverage of eliminations beginning at 9 p.m. on Sunday evening (July 17). The elimination show repeats on the "Deuce" early Monday morning, July 18, from 2:30 until 4:30 a.m. Also, tune in to NHRA2Day on ESPN2, the weekly show that gives you the latest information about the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. NHRA2Day can be seen on Sunday, July 17 at 11:30 a.m. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Cory McClenathan , Todd Smith