Madison: Cory McClenathan Saturday summary

A top half of field qualifying spot for Cory Mac in St. Louis MADISON, Ill. (June 26, 2004) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Berryman Products Top Fuel dragster, finished qualifying in the top half of the Top Fuel ladder at No.

A top half of field qualifying spot for Cory Mac in St. Louis

MADISON, Ill. (June 26, 2004) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Berryman Products Top Fuel dragster, finished qualifying in the top half of the Top Fuel ladder at No. 8.

After briefly holding the No. 1 position for the eighth annual NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals at the end of Friday's first qualifying session and lowering his elapsed time to 4.588 seconds in the evening session on Friday Cory McClenathan finished the day in the No. 7 spot.

Today, Cory McClenathan and the Carrier Boyz Racing team spent both sessions testing the quarter-mile track at Gateway International Raceway to see what the track would allow during Sunday's eliminations.

Reviewing the four qualifying sessions, crew chief Todd Smith said, "We didn't get what we wanted out of the four runs. Yesterday was an okay day, we were happy with the results. In today's morning session we were trying to set the car up like it would be first round tomorrow. We obviously missed on that.

"Tonight was just a gigantic attempt to try and better our previous qualifying position. We just went out there and flat out decided to go for it. That didn't make it either. We'll just regroup. We've got a good hot race track tune up and this Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products dragster will be ready to go tomorrow."

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. Looking below fifth in the standings, Larry Dixon in sixth place is only four points behind Cory Mac, while Scott Kalitta, tomorrow's opening round opponent, is 50 points back in seventh.

Final eliminations for all classes get underway on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT).

On TV, ESPN2 will air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 9 p.m. until midnight on Sunday (June 27). Television times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

All times are subject to change.

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