Joliet II: Cory McClenathan Saturday summary

McClenathan's Centennial Batteries Dragster seventh. JOLIET, Ill. -- With Mother Nature cooperating with near perfect weather conditions, qualifying is complete at the NHRA Craftsman 75th Anniversary Nationals presented by Racing Champions at...

McClenathan's Centennial Batteries Dragster seventh.

JOLIET, Ill. -- With Mother Nature cooperating with near perfect weather conditions, qualifying is complete at the NHRA Craftsman 75th Anniversary Nationals presented by Racing Champions at Route 66 Raceway. Cory McClenathan, driver of the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports Centennial Batteries Top Fuel Dragster nailed down the seventh qualifying position with a pass of 4.609 seconds at almost 316 mph.

After a disappointing start to qualifying on Friday afternoon, McClenathan then became a model of consistency clicking off runs of 4.619 seconds, 4.609 seconds and 4.646 seconds. In tomorrow's opening round of eliminations, McClenathan will meet the 10th place qualifier Tony Schumacher. Schumacher is the driver that is immediately in front of him in the POWERade point standings.

"This is the third time we've meet Tony (Schumacher) since Indy," said McClenathan," and we can't come away empty handed this time if we are to have any chance of finishing third in the final POWERade point standing. You always hear on television about this is a big match up or there is much riding on the outcome of this race. Well, this is all that and more. The bottom line is that this is a must race for everybody on this Henkelman and Baca Centennial Batteries team."

McClenathan currently holds fourth position in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series point battle with 1122 points entering this event. With the one point he picked up on Schumacher in qualifying, McClenathan now trails the third place Schumacher by 115 points. A win against Schumacher tomorrow will continue to cut into that point total. A loss will all but close the door on any hopes the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports team and McClenathan have on overtaking third.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Cory McClenathan