Indianapolis: Cory McClenathan final summary

LOSS OF TRACTION ENDS CORY MAC'S QUEST FOR A THIRD INDY TITLE CLERMONT, Ind. (September 5, 2005) -- It's Labor Day and in the world of motorsports that can only mean the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the biggest of the big, the most ...

LOSS OF TRACTION ENDS CORY MAC'S QUEST FOR A THIRD INDY TITLE

CLERMONT, Ind. (September 5, 2005) -- It's Labor Day and in the world of motorsports that can only mean the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the biggest of the big, the most prestigious event on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Cory McClenathan, driver of the FRAM AirHog dragster for Carrier Boyz Racing, began his quest for his third Mac Tools U.S. Nationals title with a win over TJ Zizzo. McClenathan's pass of 4.565 seconds moved him to the second round against Larry Dixon.

Against Dixon, McClenathan's consistency came to an end when the tires on his FRAM AirHog dragster loss traction and Cory Mac, who won here in 1996 and 1999, could only watch as Dixon raced to the win light.

"We don't know what happened, said McClenathan. "We didn't change anything between rounds so we should have run about the same, instead we smoked the tires. The guys gave me a great car all weekend. The other teams knew we were here.

"I'm disappointed for FRAM and Honeywell and for the Carrier Boyz that we didn't go to the later rounds. We'll get to the bottom of what caused our problem of today and be ready for the next race."

NEXT RACE: After a weekend off, McClenathan and the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Dragster move to Maple Grove Raceway, near Reading, Penn., for the Toyo Tires Nationals, which unfolds September 15-18.

TELEVISION: Eliminations coverage for the 51st annual NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals can be seen on ESPN2 as follows:

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac