Pomona: Cory McClenathan Saturday summary

McClenathan to Start Season from No. 10 Spot Sunday at Pomona Fiery Explosion Slows Cory Mac on Last Qualifying Attempt POMONA, Calif., Feb. 10, 2007 -- A failure in the engine's valve train triggered a huge fireball that erased any chance of...

McClenathan to Start Season from No. 10 Spot Sunday at Pomona
Fiery Explosion Slows Cory Mac on Last Qualifying Attempt

POMONA, Calif., Feb. 10, 2007 -- A failure in the engine's valve train triggered a huge fireball that erased any chance of Cory McClenathan putting the FRAM Torco Top Fuel dragster among the top four qualifiers Saturday for Sunday's season-opening Carquest Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

"We were definitely on a 4.4-second time, according to the computer numbers, but then the engine blew," said McClenathan, who had to settle for the No. 10 position with a best of 4.530 seconds at a career-best 334.07 mph. "It was different because one second the car was pulling and the next the engine went away just before half-track. We were going for a good time and it looked like we were going to get it for a while."

McClenathan races Whit Bazemore (No. 7, 4.507 at 325.14 mph) in the first round. Bazemore, a former Funny Car driver, is making his first appearance in a dragster.

"I'm confident Wes Cerny (crew chief) and Tony Shortall (assistant crew chief) will get this figured out Sunday."

-credit: cbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac