Englishtown: Cory McClenathan Saturday summary

FRAM Top Fuel Dragster Driver Races Doug Foley Sunday ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., July 23, 2007 -- Cory McClenathan's engine-exploding Friday night qualifying run of 4.519 seconds stayed fifth quickest through Saturday's sessions and he races Doug Foley...

FRAM Top Fuel Dragster Driver Races Doug Foley Sunday

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., July 23, 2007 -- Cory McClenathan's engine-exploding Friday night qualifying run of 4.519 seconds stayed fifth quickest through Saturday's sessions and he races Doug Foley in Sunday's opening round.

A fallout of that mishap carried over to Saturday's first run.

After the Scott Griffin Motorsports Fram Top Fuel dragster crew assembled a new motor, a fuel leak developed in the manifold and the crew needed time to track it down. By the time they did, "it was 10 minutes too late to make the run," said assistant crew chief Tony Shortall.

Shortall added that he wasn't able to find the cause of the fireworks after a postmortem on the engine. "But I think it was in the ignition," he said.

"The guys worked hard to get it back together," added McClenathan. "The fire burned everything off the car, every cable and every line. They'll go through everything (Saturday night) and we'll be ready to go Sunday morning."

Foley was the No. 12 qualifier (4.582 at 331.20 mph).

-credit: sgm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Doug Foley