Denver: Cory McClenathan Saturday summary

McClenathan advances to semifinals at Denver MORRISON, Colo. (July 17, 2005) -- In one of his better outing of the year, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog dragster, advanced to the semifinals at the 26th annual...

McClenathan advances to semifinals at Denver

MORRISON, Colo. (July 17, 2005) -- In one of his better outing of the year, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog dragster, advanced to the semifinals at the 26th annual NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, near Denver.

In the opening round, McClenathan turned back John Smith. McClenathan, who hazed the tires on the top end, recorded a pass of 4.988 seconds. Smith, who was behind at the time, lost a blower belt and coasted to an elapsed time of over eight seconds.

McClenathan and Larry Dixon met in round two. If there is one driver that McClenathan has trouble with, it's Larry Dixon. In 38 previous meeting Cory Mac has only won 14 times. Make that 15 times as McClenathan once again took the win light.

Against Dixon, McClenathan stopped the finish line timers in 4.742 seconds, the quickest run of round two. In 13 races at Bandimere Speedway, McClenathan has advanced to at least the semifinals seven times.

That matched McClenathan against Tony Schumacher and it was a drag race with Schumacher moving to the final round. The finish line boards showed 4.761 for McClenathan and 4.712 for Schumacher.

Crew chief Todd Smith was pleased with the turnaround. "It was good to get back to something that works," said Smith. "It's nice to do well for a change. It looks like the new car helped. We didn't change too much over what we've been doing for the last few months, so the new pipe (chassis) must have done its job."

NEXT RACE: The Mopar Mile-High Nationals led 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." Next up is the CarQuest Auto Parts Nationals at Pacific Raceway in Kent, Wash., near Seattle, the middle of the three races on the Western Swing

TELEVISION: ESPN2 will air three hours of same-day television coverage of eliminations beginning tonight (July 17) at 9 p.m. The elimination show repeats on ESPN2 early Monday morning, July 18, from 2:30 until 4:30 a.m. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac , Todd Smith