Joliet: Cory McClenathan eiminations summary

McClenathan makes semifinals -- Moves to fifth in points JOLIET, Ill. (June 1, 2003) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Darrell Gwynn Racing/NY Yankees/Berryman Products Dragster, made it to the semifinals before losing to Larry Dixon at the ...

McClenathan makes semifinals -- Moves to fifth in points

JOLIET, Ill. (June 1, 2003) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Darrell Gwynn Racing/NY Yankees/Berryman Products Dragster, made it to the semifinals before losing to Larry Dixon at the Sixth annual NHRA Lucas Oil Route 66 Nationals.

After turning back David Grubnic in the first round, McClenathan was matched against newcomer Jim Cullinan in the quarterfinals. Cullinan made a race of it and was coming on as McClenathan's engine began having problems and finally let go near the finish line. The NHRA Safety Safari, using Berryman Green Stuff, quickly cleaned the Route 66 track surface and racing continued.

In the semifinals Dixon was away first at the green light and never relinquished the lead. McClenathan carved out a 4.780 second pass to a slowing 275.22 mph. Dixon ran a stout 4.525 second pass at 327.43 mph.

"I can't complain about the day," said McClenathan, from Riverside, Calif. "It's one of those deals where we didn't have the best car out there but we seemed to go the rounds. I guess it's not always who you pick, it's who you get stuck with. We made it to the semifinals. This Berryman Products team needed that kind of boost. We real excited about that, it helps with points. The only regret is that we weren't able to capitalize on that Larry Dixon car. For Berryman Products and the New York Yankees, we'll go onto the next race and see what we can do."

With the semifinal showing McClenathan moved to fifth in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings, 4 points behind Darrell Russell in fourth. Cory Mac has 548 points. The final round found Tony Schumacher defeating Larry Dixon.

After three races on three consecutive weekend, McClenathan and the Darrell Gwynn Racing/NY Yankees/Berryman Products Team get a weekend off before moving to Columbus, Ohio, for the 39th annual NHRA Pontiac Excitement Nationals which will be contested June 12-15 at National Trail Raceway.

Shawn Gann
Berryman Products Pro Stock Motorcycle

Shawn Gann ran a 7.08 second pass in the opening round but, unfortunately, the run was subsequently disqualified as Gann's bike did not meet the minimum weight requirement. A Pro Stock Suzuki must weigh a minimum of 575 pounds -- rider and bike.

The next event for Pro Stock Bike, the 6th of 14 motorcycle events on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, is the 39th annual NHRA Pontiac Excitement Nationals which will be contested June 12-15 at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio, just outside Columbus.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Shawn Gann , David Grubnic , Cory McClenathan , Darrell Gwynn , Cory Mac