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Out in first round, Cory Mac's thoughts turn to Vegas MOHNTON, Penn. (October 10, 2004) -- In the opening round match up between Cory McClenathan and Bob Vandergriff, Jr., it was a battle to see who could get hooked back up and take the win...

Out in first round, Cory Mac's thoughts turn to Vegas

MOHNTON, Penn. (October 10, 2004) -- In the opening round match up between Cory McClenathan and Bob Vandergriff, Jr., it was a battle to see who could get hooked back up and take the win light as eliminations got underway at the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals.

At the green light, both drivers left together. Immediately following the launch both drivers lost traction and the big rear Goodyears broke loose. Both pedaled trying to regain traction. Only Vandergriff was successful as McClenathan's Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel shook the tires and he wisely shut it down.

Vandergriff reached the finish line in 5.577 seconds, while Cory Mac coasted to an elapsed time of 9.980 seconds.

"We didn't do what we set out to do and that was to gain points," said McClenathan, who qualified seventh. "We have to close our backdoor because (Doug) Herbert, who's right behind us in POWERade points, is making a charge. With his win in the opening round he has already picked up 20 points today. We'll come back stronger at Vegas."

Carrier Boyz Racing now moves to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, October 28-Novenber 3, for the fourth annual ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals. McClenathan will be handling double driving duty running both the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals and the Budweiser Shootout, a special race-within-a-race, paying $100,000 to the winner, being held during the NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals, October 30.

TV UPDATE: TV coverage of eliminations from this weekend's Lucas Oil Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway will air twice, including a newly added telecast scheduled for Monday, Oct. 11, from 5-7 p.m. on ESPN2. Coverage for the rain-delayed event also will be replayed on Sunday, Oct. 17 from 7-9 p.m. on ESPN2. Television times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and subject to change at anytime without notice. Check local listings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac , Bob Vandergriff