Seattle: Cory McClenathan final summary

McClenathan advances the Berryman Products/CARQUEST Top Fuel dragster to the semifinals KENT, Wash. (July 25, 2004) -- After qualifying 4th, Cory McClenathan brought the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products/CARQUEST Top Fuel Dragster to the ...

McClenathan advances the Berryman Products/CARQUEST Top Fuel dragster to the semifinals

KENT, Wash. (July 25, 2004) -- After qualifying 4th, Cory McClenathan brought the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products/CARQUEST Top Fuel Dragster to the starting line against Mike Strasburg as eliminations got underway for the NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash.

The pair left together. At about the 330- footmark, Strasburg lost traction. The front end on McClenathan came up, but he was able to pedal the car and came away with the win light. McClenathan covered the quarter-mile in 4.920 seconds.

In the second round, Cory Mac squared off against two-time and reigning Top Fuel champ Larry Dixon.

McClenathan won this round on a hole shot. His reaction time was .085 of a second to Dixon's .091. At the finish line, McClenathan recorded an elapsed time of 4.683 seconds to 4.679 for Dixon. The margin of victory was .002 of a second in Cory Mac's favor.

On the top end of the race, McClenathan's parachute ripped from the back of his dragster but he was able to bring the car to a safe stop.

In the semifinals against current POWERade Top Fuel point leader Tony Schumacher, McClenathan suffered loss of traction and was unable to recover completely as Schumacher raced to the win light in 4.627 seconds. McClenathan recorded a slowing 6.419-second pass.

"You can't keep a good team down. It was another rebound for the Berryman Products/CARQUEST dragster," said McClenathan. "Going to the semifinals in front of the CARQUEST and Fabtech folks that were here today was great. It should help us advance in the points and give us some momentum going into Sonoma."

CARQUEST Auto Parts, the event sponsor, joined Carrier Boyz Racing as an associate marketing partner this weekend.

In closing co-team owner Andy Carrier, who along with his brother Mark Carrier own Carrier Boyz Racing, said, "We want to thank CARQUEST Auto Parts for giving Carrier Boyz Racing the opportunity to carry the CARQUEST Auto Parts banner this weekend. We now look forward to representing CARQUEST at the event they sponsor in Chicago the first weekend in October."

Cory Mac and the Carrier Boyz Racing team move to Infineon Raceway for the third event on three consecutive weekends when the 17th annual FRAM Autolite Nationals unfolds July30-August 1.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac , Mike Strasburg