Englishtown: Cory McClenathan final summary

Traction problems ends Cory Mac's day at Englishtown ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 19, 2005) -- Traction problems, most likely caused by overpowering the track, ended Cory McClenathan's day in the second round of the NHRA K&N SuperNationals at Old ...

Traction problems ends Cory Mac's day at Englishtown

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 19, 2005) -- Traction problems, most likely caused by overpowering the track, ended Cory McClenathan's day in the second round of the NHRA K&N SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J.

In the opening round, with Morgan Lucas up in smoke at the hit of the throttle, McClenathan, behind the wheel of the FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster, looked like it would be an easy win until he ran into traction problems of his own. After losing traction, Cory Mac, who now calls Lake Havasu home, was able to get off, then back on the throttle and took the win light. The win matched McClenathan against Larry Dixon in round two.

Against Dixon, McClenathan got out to the transition point in the right lane between the concrete pad and asphalt and began to smoke the tires. Tire smoke continued almost to the finished line. Meanwhile, Dixon raced to the win light in 4.549 seconds. Cory Mac covered the quarter-mile in 6.827 seconds.

"We came here with a game plan to change our combination around where it would not lose traction early," said McClenathan. "Todd Smith (crew chief) and Bob Bauer (clutch specialist) did a great job making this change. It went down the track four times during qualifying. Eliminations presented us with another set of problems.

"In both rounds today we got off the line all right but we got out there a ways and it shook and rattled the tires and broke them loose each time. That's the bad news; but the good news, if you can call it good news, is that we weren't the only ones. A lot of cars were having trouble in that right lane and a few in the left lane, too.

"We made some progress this weekend but every time we tried to pour the coals to it in the middle, we had problems. We'll have to look after that and make necessary adjustments on this FRAM AirHog car for St. Louis.

"Our primary problem today is that we got beat by the best car on the block this weekend. The Larry Dixon and Dick LaHaie car has been stellar all weekend. I feel if they don't have any problems, they should win this race."

Dixon defeated Doug Kalitta in the semifinals and Kalitta's teammate David Grubnic in the finals to take the event title.

Unofficially, McClenathan moved up a notch in the POWERade Top Fuel point standings and is now No. 8.

NEXT RACE: The NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series moves straight to Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., just across the river from St. Louis, for the Ninth annual NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals which get underway June 24-26.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Doug Kalitta , David Grubnic , Cory McClenathan , Dick LaHaie , Cory Mac , Morgan Lucas , Todd Smith