McClenathan loses in first round, stays fourth in points KENT, Wash. (July 27, 2003) - The question today, as eliminations began at the NHRA Carquest Auto Parts Nationals, is: Can the crew chiefs find the answer to what many are calling a...
McClenathan loses in first round, stays fourth in points
KENT, Wash. (July 27, 2003) - The question today, as eliminations began at the NHRA Carquest Auto Parts Nationals, is: Can the crew chiefs find the answer to what many are calling a suspect race track?
Bumps, oil downs and unseasonable temperatures during qualifying, which caused the Pacific Raceways quarter-mile track to be greasy and slick, coupled with the high horsepower of a Top Fuel dragster, have crew chiefs scratching their heads for answers.
John Stewart, crew chief for Cory McClenathan, driver of the NY Yankees/Berryman Products dragster, said that he would do the following to prepare for the opening round: "We need to take some power away for the first round. By looking at the computer, we took some gasket out, took some blower off, pulled some fuel away and slowed the clutch way down to see if we can get out there about 400-feet. We'll then knock the mag down about 10-degrees and hopefully she go right down through there. We're going to run it like we ran it at Denver."
In the opening round, McClenathan, from Riverside, Calif., was matched against David Baca, the owner of the dragster that Cory Mac drove in 2002. McClenathan gained a very slight advantage at the green light, but by 13 hundredth of a second Baca took the win light at the finish line. John Stewart did what he set out to do and got the car from point A to point B for the team's quickest run of the weekend.
"It was one heck of a drag race. Johnny West (Baca's crew chief) and his guy had their car ready but Stewie (John Stewart) and this NY Yankees/Berryman Products crew gave me a car that ran real good but we ran a little short of real estate. The team did a great job all weekend," said McClenathan.
McClenathan continued to hold the fourth position in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings. Cory Mac has amassed 746 points.
Next up is the final of three consecutive races on the western swing, as Cory Mac and the NY Yankees/Berryman Products team moves to the Napa Valley area of Sonoma, Calif., for the NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway, August 1-3. Counting Sonoma, nine races remain on this year's NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.