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Battle cry for Carrier Boyz Racing: Keep the momentum going at St. Louis MADISON, Ill. (June 23, 2004) -- After damaging their new Murf McKinney chassis in Columbus, the Carrier Boyz Racing team returned to the tried and true older Brad Hadman...

Battle cry for Carrier Boyz Racing: Keep the momentum going at St. Louis

MADISON, Ill. (June 23, 2004) -- After damaging their new Murf McKinney chassis in Columbus, the Carrier Boyz Racing team returned to the tried and true older Brad Hadman chassis at last weekend's national event in Englishtown, N.J.. The results were a runner-up finish for Cory McClenathan.

Team owner and partner with his brother Andy, Mark Carrier feels it's best to stay with the proven commodity.

"We went back to what we knew after Columbus," said Mark Carrier. "This car has worked well ever since we had it. I say we keep it for a while and race it."

McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel dragster, hopes the momentum continues at this weekend's NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals on the quarter-mile strip at Gateway International Raceway, in Madison, Ill., just across the Mississippi River from the St. Louis Gateway Arch.

"We rebounded at Englishtown and the team handled the pressure in an awesome way," said McClenathan. "Usually it's very hot and very humid at St. Louis but this weekend the forecast is calling for fairly cool weather, at least by St. Louis standards. That is, if you can call the 80s cool. That should help all the cars perform better. I've never done real well at this event but I'm looking for a great race from this Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products car this time out. We need to keep the momentum going."

In six of the previous seven races at this event, Cory Mac has advanced to the semifinals one time and lost in either the quarterfinals or opening round the other five. He did not race here in 2001.

With one win and one runner-up thus far this year, McClenathan enters this weekend's race No. 5 in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings. He has 625 points, just 12 points behind fourth.

"We've got to concentrate on going rounds," added McClenathan. "Not only do we want to move up in the point standings but we need to protect ourselves from those behind us."

Larry Dixon in sixth place is only four points behind Cory Mac, while Scott Kalitta is 50 points back.

The NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals is unique in that both qualifying and eliminations are run in late afternoon and evening to beat the generally oppressive heat and humidity that St. Louis is noted for in June.

The professional qualifying schedule calls for two sessions on both Friday and Saturday at 6 and 9 p.m. Final eliminations for all classes get underway on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. All times are subject to change and reflect Central Daylight Time (CDT).

Qualifying highlights for the Sears Craftsman Nationals can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday (June 26) from 10-11 pm. ESPN2 will also air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 9 p.m. until midnight on Sunday (June 27). Television times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and subject to change at anytime.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Cory McClenathan , Scott Kalitta , Cory Mac