Madison: Cory McClenathan preview

McClenathan hopes to continue rebound in hot, humid St. Louis MADISON, Ill. (June 22, 2005) -- The advanced weather forecast for this weekend's Ninth annual NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals, the sixth of six races in seven weeks, will put the...

McClenathan hopes to continue rebound in hot, humid St. Louis

MADISON, Ill. (June 22, 2005) -- The advanced weather forecast for this weekend's Ninth annual NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals, the sixth of six races in seven weeks, will put the spotlight on both tuners and drivers.

Although the majority of the three-day event at Gateway International Raceway, just across the river from St. Louis, will be run under the lights, the humidity will be high and the temperatures will be pushing the century mark each day. Track temperatures will be even higher.

"The crew chiefs will earn their pay this weekend," said Cory McClenathan, the driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster. "If not, and they miss the set up, then the driver better be ready to do his part. There will be a lot of water in the air and the track will be hot and slippery."

McClenathan feels that his crew chief Todd Smith will be adjusting for the humidity by using more blower to force more air into the engine and more magneto to create more power. In addition, he says the clutch set up, as always, will be a crucial factor.

"At Englishtown, Todd and Bob Bauer (clutch specialist) changed to a new clutch combination," recounted McClenathan. "Although we had some problems in the middle, it helped turn around our slow start and get us headed in the right direction. We had four consistent qualifying runs and feel that with some further adjustments by Todd and Bob we will complete our rebound in time for the hot, humid conditions at Gateway Raceway."

After advancing to the second round at Englishtown last weekend, McClenathan picked up one position and is currently No. 8 in the POWERade Top Fuel point standings with 548 points, 48 behind seventh, 62 behind sixth and 97 out of the top five.

QUALIFYING: Qualifying for McClenathan and the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Dragster begins with two sessions on Friday evening, scheduled for 6 and 9 p.m., and concludes with two additional sessions on Saturday evening, also at 6 and 9 p.m. McClenathan begins his quest for the Top Fuel title on Sunday afternoon with eliminations for all classes getting underway at 4: 30 p.m. and continuing into the evening hours. All times are local St. Louis time -- Central Time (CT) -- and subject to change at anytime.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Todd Smith