Doing well at Pomona helps with off-season POMONA, Calif. (November 8, 2004) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel Dragster, is one of those drivers that feels if you do well at this weekend's ...
Doing well at Pomona helps with off-season
POMONA, Calif. (November 8, 2004) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel Dragster, is one of those drivers that feels if you do well at this weekend's 40th anniversary edition of the NHRA Automobile Club of Southern California Finals the momentum will carry you through to next season.
McClenathan has won the season-ending event at Pomona Raceway twice (2002 and 1992) and was runner-up in 1994. Last year the California-raised driver, whose team is based in Bristol, Tenn., advanced to the semifinals.
"You always feel better during the off-season when you do well at the Finals," said McClenathan. "It carries you through to next season and helps to have a good holiday season with family and friends. But Carrier Boyz Racing has even more to look forward to as we head into 2005.
"With the addition of FRAM and Honeywell, we can start off the season with the equipment that will enable us to run with the Kalitta cars, the two beer cars and the car of 2004 champion Tony Schumacher. It will be difficult against those cars, but I think the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM Dragster will be in the thick of things next year."
In October, FRAM®, a unit of Honeywell Consumer Products Group, announced a multi-year sponsorship agreement beginning in 2005 with the Carrier Boyz Racing Top Fuel team and driver Cory McClenathan. The association will begin at the season-opening NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals.
Entering the Automobile Club of Southern California Finals, Cory Mac is seventh in the POWERade point standing with 1100 points. This places him 33 points ahead of Doug Herbert.
"We need to stay ahead of Herbert in the points, otherwise it will be a black mark during the winter. We need to earn enough points to ensure that Doug cannot catch us. We'll be going all out to win this thing and then who's sneaking up on our backdoor won't matter," explained McClenathan.
Qualifying for Cory Mac and Carrier Boyz Racing begins with one session each on Thursday and Friday scheduled for 3 p.m. each day and concludes with two additional sessions on Saturday at noon and 3 p.m. Cory Mac begins his quest for the Top Fuel title on Sunday with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11 a.m. All times are local Pomona time (PST) and subject to change at anytime.
Qualifying highlights for the NHRA Automobile Club of Southern California Finals can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday (Nov. 13) from 10 p.m. until midnight. ESPN2 will also air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 6 until 9 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 14). ESPN2 will repeat the elimination show from 3-5 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 19). Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.