Round 1: McClenathan (4.575/316.23) lost to Larry Dixon (4.509/330.15) .0626 of a second separate McClenathan and Dixon at finish line POMONA, Calif. (February 13, 2005) -- With a runner-up position at this event in 2003, Cory McClenathan, ...
Round 1: McClenathan (4.575/316.23) lost to Larry Dixon (4.509/330.15)
.0626 of a second separate McClenathan and Dixon at finish line
POMONA, Calif. (February 13, 2005) -- With a runner-up position at this event in 2003, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM® AirHog dragster, missed going to the second round by .0626 of a second during eliminations for the season-opening NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals.
The third pair to take to the track, McClenathan and Larry Dixon put on a side-by-side drag race. The pair got away together at the green and stayed glued together until after half-track. At that point, Dixon started to pull away tripping the finish line timers in 4.509 seconds. McClenathan was just a tick behind at 4.575 seconds.
"This isn't the way we wanted to start. You always want to do good at home," said McClenathan, who grew up in Southern California. "We're disappointed, as we wanted to do well in this debut race for the FRAM AirHog dragster.
"We qualified with a 4.52 second run, but that was only good for 11th. That put us up against Dixon, who was sixth. Larry Dixon and (crew chief) Dick LaHaie have had a really good race car this weekend. We were hoping that we could take advantage of a mistake on their part but came up on the short end of the stick.
"This FRAM AirHog dragster is tunable. We're going to work with that and try to come back in Phoenix and do well."
Team owner Andy Carrier echoed McClenathan's disappointment. "I'm happy that we got the season underway, but would have liked to started a little bit better than we did. We made a drag race out of it but lost out at the finish line. We'll put in some extra time getting ready for the next race and bring this FRAM AirHog dragster back stronger at Phoenix," said Andy Carrier, who along with brother Mark own Carrier Boyz Racing.
Before today's elimination action got underway, the FRAM AirHog crew of Carrier Boyz Racing was presented with the "Brut© NHRA Best Appearing Crew" award and the accompanying $1000 prize money.
Cory Mac and Carrier Boyz Racing move next to the 21st annual NHRA Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals which will be held February 25-27 at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., just outside Phoenix.
Carrier Boyz Racing and primary marketing partners FRAM and Honeywell, welcome GMC to our program and welcomes back American Racing Wheels, Autolite Spark Plugs, Bendix, Fabtech, Mac Tools, Prestone and PurePower Oil. Visit our website at www.carrierboyzracing.com for the most current team news, race results and team merchandise.
ESPN2 will also air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 7 until 10 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 13). Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.