Indianapolis: Cory McClenathan Friday summary

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McClenathan #1 after first day of qualifying.

CLERMONT, Ind. -- On Friday, Cory McClenathan took the #1 spot in Top Fuel at the 48th annual NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP), located just outside Indianapolis in Clermont, Ind.

In a special edition Mac Tools Stars and Stripes Dragster McClenathan, driver for Henkelman & Baca Motorsports, blazed the IRP quarter-mile with an elapsed time of 4.553 seconds at a speed of 322.34 mph to claim the top spot. The E.T. was McClenathan's best of the 2002 season.

"We're really happy to get off to a good start and get that run in for Mac Tools. This is really a shot in the arm for us," reflected McClenathan on the run. "We've worked real hard to get this car ready for this event. I'd like to go out (on Saturday) and run close to it (that number) to know it's not a one-time thing."

To commemorate the Stars & Stripes Team and this special event, fans can purchase exclusive Mac Tools Stars & Stripes collectibles from their local Mac Tools distributor or at the track on the midway. These hot collectables are 1:24 scales of the actual Stars & Stripes cars that are racing this weekend at IRP at the 48th annual NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.

Qualifying continues today with two sessions and concludes on Saturday with two additional sessions. Eliminations are scheduled for Monday, Labor Day.

McClenathan is a two-time winner of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, having won this event in 1996 and 1999. Entering this weekend's event, the Anaheim, Calif., driver is third in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings.

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