Indianapolis: Cory McClenathan Sunday summary

Cory McClenathan clinches the No. 7 spot at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals CLERMONT, Ind. (September 5, 2004) -- With all 5 rounds of qualifying said and done, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz/Berryman Products Top Fuel Dragster, has...

Cory McClenathan clinches the No. 7 spot at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals

CLERMONT, Ind. (September 5, 2004) -- With all 5 rounds of qualifying said and done, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz/Berryman Products Top Fuel Dragster, has put the one-weekend, "Tribute Team" dragster into the top half of the field at the 50th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.

During the first 3 rounds, the times did nothing but get quicker. The qualifying position of the team, though, went up and down. The team jumped from #26 to #10 after round 2 but had a 2 place decline to #12 after 3rd when the lower teams started finding what they needed to do to jump in the game.

With 3 rounds completed, the Carrier Boyz team was hoping to better their time by running in the lower 4.60 seconds. The team made changes before the run to try to be a little more aggressive in the front half of the run.

However, the heat of the day caught up with them and caused the car to smoke the tires toward the middle of the track.

"The changes were drastic but they worked in our favor and I think we might have found something," McClenathan said. "Probably not the conditions we should have been doing it in but at the same time we learned more and got a lot more in the motor from that."

In round 5, McClenathan was hoping to "cool down" the middle of the track and aim for the mid-4.60 again. After 4 rounds, and many aggressive changes, they finally did what they wanted to do all weekend, 4.607 seconds at 324.28 mph.

This was the 2nd most impressive speed of qualifying that was only outdone by Brandon Bernstein, driving the Budweiser/Lucas Oil Dragster, who ran at 324.51 mph.

"Everything came together; it was an awesome run," McClenathan said. "It was a 4.60 flat and I'm plenty fine with that. All in all, a much better day."

A couple changes will be made before the team's first run tomorrow, but these changes will be nothing more than typical ones made to compensate for the air quality.

Without a doubt, McClenathan is happy with that final pass down the quarter-mile.

"I'm excited. This is Indy; it's a good place to be, and I'm just happy to be here," McClenathan expressed about the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.

He qualified 7th last year here in Indianapolis, but the team is hoping for a much better day, after being defeated by Rhonda Hartman-Smith in the first round.

With qualifying over, McClenathan and the crew will face Morgan Lucas (#10), who ran 4.686 seconds at 316.75 mph to qualify, in the first round of eliminations on September 6, 2004.

Mac Tools, with headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, is an associate marketing partner of Carrier Boyz Racing and since 2001 has been the only corporate sponsor of the NHRA's most prestigious national event, the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Rhonda Hartman-Smith , Cory McClenathan , Brandon Bernstein , Morgan Lucas