Englishtown: Cory McClenathan final summary

Cory Mac: hero to zero and back to hero again ENGLISHTOWN, N. J. (June 20, 2004) --On this Father's Day, dedicating his day to his father, Dick, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel dragster, advanced to...

Cory Mac: hero to zero and back to hero again

ENGLISHTOWN, N. J. (June 20, 2004) --On this Father's Day, dedicating his day to his father, Dick, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel dragster, advanced to the final round and finished runner-up to Larry Dixon at the 35th annual NHRA K&N Filters SuperNationals presented by Strauss Discount Auto.

En route to the final round, McClenathan defeated Scott Weis in the opening round, Rit Pustari in the quarterfinals and Doug Kalitta in the semifinals. Dixon turned back Doug Herbert, Bobby Lagana, Jr., and Darrell Russell.

In the finals, Dixon got a very slight advantage at the starting line and crossed the finish line strip in 4.657 seconds with McClenathan close behind in 4.703 seconds.

On this day McClenathan, who won the Atlanta race in mid-May, captured the No. 1 qualifying position in Topeka over Memorial Day weekend then did not qualify last weekend in Columbus, went from hero to zero and back to hero again.

"This crew did an awesome job this weekend," said McClenathan. "To come back from a DNQ last weekend and rebound like we did today is a credit to crew chief Todd Smith and the guys. Our goal was to go a couple of rounds today. For me this is a great Father's Day present.

"There nothing like going to a final round. I'm happy. We moved up in points a little bit and put a little gap between us and the people behind us. That's a good thing."

Crew chief Todd Smith echoed Cory Mac's thoughts, "It was a great weekend. A good rebound from last week. It just shows what this team and crew are made of. When you get knocked down you can only do one thing: get up. Last week is behind us. It's just a little hiccup. The DNQ is out of our mind. Now we move forward."

Added team owner Andy Carrier: "This team is very confident and they know that they can get back to the winner's circle. They showed it today. It's a big step for our team making a commitment and then rebounding like they did."

Reverting back to a tried and proven car after debuting a brand new chassis at Columbus, Mark Carrier feels it best to stay with the proven commodity.

"We went back to what we knew after Columbus," said Mark Carrier. "This car has worked well ever since we had it. I say we keep it for a while and race it."

The next event on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule is next weekend in St. Louis when the eighth annual NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals unfolds, June 25-27, at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Larry Dixon , Scott Weis , Doug Kalitta , Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac , Todd Smith