Cory Mac places FRAM AirHog No. 6 at Reading
MOHNTON, Penn. (September 17, 2005) -- For the 212th time in 280 races, Cory McClenathan, placed the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster in the top half of the qualifying ladder. McClenathan, from Lake Havasu City, Ariz., qualified No. 6 for this weekend's NHRA Toyo Tires Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, near Reading, Penn.
In the opening session on Friday, McClenathan, had a good pass started but dropped a cylinder early in the run, then lost a blower belt on the top end, to finish with a pass of 4.676 seconds. In the evening session, crew chief Todd Smith tuned McClenathan to a 4.568 second run at over 327 mph, good for No. 5 after the first day of qualifying.
McClenathan returned on Saturday morning to reel off the quickest elapsed time of the first session, covering the Maple Grove quarter-mile in 7.553 seconds and followed that up with a 4.580 second in the final session.
"I think we've got a consistent race car. I really do," said McClenathan. "I think Todd (Smith, crew chief) and Bob (Bauer, clutch specialist) are doing a great job, as is the entire crew. We'll have to see where the chips fall tomorrow.
"Number six qualifier is not exactly where we wanted to be but it's better than most of them out there and does give us lane choice going into the opening round."
Cory Mac will face No. 11 qualifier Scoot Smith in tomorrow's first round. The pair has met 29 times with McClenathan claiming 19 round wins.
BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT UPDATE: McClenathan entered qualifying for the Toyo Tires Nationals No. 8 in the eight-car field for the Shootout with 2660 points, just 15 points behind David Grubnic and Scott Kalitta who are tied for six. By qualifying sixth, McClenathan picked up 10 points on Grubnic, who qualified eighth, and 25 points on Kalitta, who qualified 11th. This unofficially moves Cory Mac around Kalitta by 10 points and into seventh. He now trails Grubnic, who remains sixth, by five points. "We still got a couple of races (Dallas and Chicago) left before qualifying plays out for the Budweiser Shootout, but we are pleased with what we accomplished during qualifying here at Maple Grove," said Cory Mac following today's final session of qualifying.
ELIMINATIONS: McClenathan begins his quest for the Top Fuel title on Sunday with eliminations for all classes getting underway at 11 a.m. Time is local Reading time -- Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime.