Cory Mac: Back on track.
JOLIET, Ill., May 31, 2002 --Cory McClenathan, better known as Cory Mac, was the number one qualifier during his last visit to Chicago in 2000. The Anaheim, Calif., driver hopes to repeat at the NHRA Chicagoland Dodge Dealers Nationals this weekend at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.
"We seem to qualify toward the top of the field here but have never done well during eliminations," said Cory Mac, driver of the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports Top Fuel Dragster. "We need to reverse that trend this time out. Crew chief Wes Cerny seems to have us back on track.
"This Centennial Batteries dragster has been fortunate since the beginning of the season. Wes has us going rounds and the majority of those races we have made it to the semifinals or beyond. This has aided us in picking up points at each race.
"We are currently third in the POWERade Top Fuel point standings and need to do well here in Chicago for two reasons. The first is the two beer cars. Both Larry Dixon and Kenny Bernstein are in front of us in points. We need to pick up points on them.
"Secondly, Tony Schumacher, in that Army car, is breathing down our neck and is right behind us in fourth. Only one round of points separate us from Schumacher.
"When qualifying begins this afternoon, this Henkelman and Baca Dragster need to jump out strong and qualify in the top half of the field. Then on Sunday, we need to go as many rounds as possible. Hopefully, four."
Entering this event, the top five in Top Fuel points shape up as follows: 1.) Larry Dixon -- 914 points; 2.) Kenny Bernstein -- 727; Cory Mac -- 616; 4.) Tony Schumacher -- 595; and 5.) Doug Kalitta -- 489 points.
Note: Cory Mac only competed in one race in 2001 due to lack of a maketing partner or a ride as a hired driver.