Memphis: Cory McClenathan preview

Memphis holds memories for Cory Mac MILLINGTON, Tenn. (August 18, 2004) -- Memphis Motorsports Park holds memories for Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel dragster. In 1992, his second season...

Memphis holds memories for Cory Mac

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (August 18, 2004) -- Memphis Motorsports Park holds memories for Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel dragster. In 1992, his second season of driving his family-backed dragster, the driver from California won the Memphis event, the first of 28 career victories.

"The Memphis track is one of those very special places," said McClenathan, who also won this event in 1995. "It was a very cool thing to have that first win with my family. Mom and dad were there and that made it even more special. Jimmy Prock, now with (John) Force, was my crew chief. It was an awesome, awesome thing. Something I'll never forget.

"The second win in '95 was with Lee Beard, who now is crew chief for Whit Bazemore. That was back when I was the driver for Joe Gibbs Racing. That was another special time.

"Memphis has always been one of those tracks that we either do real well or we do half way okay. Since we haven't done real well in the last few years, maybe this weekend we will complete the hat trick in Memphis and put the Carrier Boyz Berryman car in the winner's circle. A third win would be a great way to prepare for Indy."

McClenathan enters the NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals seventh in the POWERade Top Fuel point standings. He now has 856 points which places him just 37 points out of sixth and 74 points out of the top five.

"We need to go to the later rounds to pick up points. We're going back with our Brad Hadman car for the Memphis race. We had it reworked and will be working with it this weekend. It's ready to go. It's going to be warm. The track is going to be hot. But don't forget this Hadman car went down the Atlanta track in 130-degree temperature and did very well," explained McClenathan, who won the Atlanta race in May of this year.

Professional nitro qualifying for the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals will be held in the afternoon and evening with two Friday qualifying sessions scheduled for 5:30 and 8 p.m. and two final qualifying sessions on Saturday at 3:30 and 7 p.m. Final eliminations, which begin in mid-afternoon, get underway on Sunday (August 22) at 3 p.m. These times are subject to change and reflect Central Daylight Time (CDT).

Qualifying highlights for this event can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday (August 21) from 10 p.m. until midnight. ESPN2 will also air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 10 p.m. until midnight on Sunday (August 22). Television times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac