Heat, Humidity and Grubnic turn back McClenathan MADISON, Ill. (June 26, 2005) -- Qualifying his Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster in the No. 10 position, Cory McClenathan, from Lake Havasu City, Ariz., dropped...
Heat, Humidity and Grubnic turn back McClenathan
MADISON, Ill. (June 26, 2005) -- Qualifying his Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster in the No. 10 position, Cory McClenathan, from Lake Havasu City, Ariz., dropped a tire smoking battle with David Grubnic during the opening round of eliminations at the NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals.
Fighting heat, humidity and a tricky Gateway International Raceway quarter-mile, McClenathan gained a good advantage at the green but lost traction just off the starting line. Immediately thereafter, Grubnic also lost traction. Both drivers pedaled their tire smoking dragster with Grubnic hooking up first. Meanwhile, McClenathan's dragster suffered a mechanical problem. At the finish line, Grubnic turned on the win light in 6.361 seconds, while Cory trailed with a 9.754-second elapsed time.
"We've let everybody down here lately," said McClenathan. "We've let our sponsors, owners and fans down. This team is so much better than this. We cannot get out of first round and when we do it's a pedaling contest.
"This time we broke a fuel line and it (the fuel) got inside the cockpit with me. Fuel got in my helmet and then it got in my eyes. By then I think he was way ahead, so it didn't matter anyway. The Safety Safari was awesome. They were right there, got the eyewash out and got me cleaned up and on my way.
"We're just better than this. We're going to have to make some changes. I'm not sure what we going to do yet. We're going to have to find a way to run this FRAM AirHog dragster on hot tracks and we just do have that right now.
"On a personal note, a couple of things. My father-in-law Larry Anderson lost his mother this morning. She had been sick for sometime. So my heart goes out to him and the rest of the Anderson family. I know it's a tough thing to deal with.
"Secondly, we've had our last race with Billy Rice on the team. He's going to go on and do some different things. He was an awesome addition to the team and did a great job for us. I want to thank Billy for all he's done for this team."
Unofficially, McClenathan now has 580 points and is No. 9 in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings,
NEXT RACE: After six races in seven weeks the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series takes some time off. Next up on the schedule is the Mopar Mile-High Nationals, July 15-17, at Bandimere Speedway, near Denver
TELEVISION: ESPN2 will air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 9 p.m. until 12 midnight this evening (Sunday , June 26). The elimination show encores on the "Deuce" early Tuesday morning, June 28, from 3 until 4:30 a.m. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.