Cory Mac is turned back in opening round at Memphis Next up is Indy MILLINGTON, Tenn. (August 22, 2004) -- After qualifying for his 250th NHRA national event yesterday, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top...
Cory Mac is turned back in opening round at Memphis Next up is Indy
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (August 22, 2004) -- After qualifying for his 250th NHRA national event yesterday, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel dragster, faced Brandon Bernstein in the opening round of eliminations today at the NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park.
Memphis Motorsports Park holds memories for McClenathan. In 1992, his second season of driving his family-backed Mac Attack Top Fuel dragster, the Anaheim, Calif., driver won the Memphis event, the first of 28 career victories. He also won this event in 1995.
Although he will always cherish these past memories, today's memories Cory Mac would like to forget. In his 575th round of competition, McClenathan was out of the gate first and the pair remained even until near half-track when the Berryman Products dragster began to smoke the big Goodyears and that allowed Bernstein to pull away to the win light.
"We had mechanical problems all weekend," said crew chief Todd Smith. "The result of those problems was that we were making runs that we weren't learning anything. So today's run was basically a gamble. The good news was that we found the ignition problems that have occurred over the last several races. The track was hot and tricky today and we made a good run for about 500-feet then smoked the tires.
"We finally have the car running right now. The ignition problems and other mechanical problems are gone and now we can go to Indy and test and ready ourselves for the NHRA Super Bowl, the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals."