Sonoma: Cory McClenathan Saturday summary

McClenathan ends qualifying No. 6 SONOMA, Calif. (July 30, 2005) -- Under clear Sonoma Valley skies, qualifying for the 18th annual NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals came to an end today with Cory McClenathan firmly entrenched in the No. 6 ...

McClenathan ends qualifying No. 6

SONOMA, Calif. (July 30, 2005) -- Under clear Sonoma Valley skies, qualifying for the 18th annual NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals came to an end today with Cory McClenathan firmly entrenched in the No. 6 position.

After opening qualifying with a run of 4.671 seconds, McClenathan reeled off a pass of 4.566 seconds at 319.75 mph in the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster to momentarily hold the top spot in the evening session. He eventually finished the first day of qualifying in the No. 6 position.

"That final pass was fantastic," said McClenathan, as he recounted Friday's last run. "Since this race is sponsored by FRAM and Autolite, it's a big deal for us to do well here. On Saturday we will try to be consistent and get the FRAM AirHog ready for Sunday."

On Saturday, Todd Smith (crew chief) and Bob Bauer (clutch specialist) used the two session to tune the car for tomorrow's conditions. In the first session, McClenathan pedaled his way to a respectable run of 4.846 seconds, the fifth quickest of the session, following that with 4.643-second pass to end qualifying.

"Four consistent run during qualifying for this FRAM AirHog dragster," said McClenathan from the top end of the track following qualifying. "Todd and Bob and the guys have got this car back on track this weekend. We used today to prepare for eliminations and I think we are ready."

"I want to personally thank the management and employees of FRAM, Autolite, Prestone and Bendix for giving both Carrier Boyz Racing and me the opportunity to go racing. Let's have a good dinner together tonight, then go out tomorrow and try and put the FRAM AirHog car in the FRAM Autolite Nationals winner's circle. I think we have a real opportunity to do just that."

McClenathan, who enters this event ninth in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings, will match up against "Hot" Rod Fuller, who qualified No. 11 with a pass of 4.635 seconds.

Of interest for Bay Area drag racing fans, the Wednesday following the FRAM Autolite Nationals, August 3, Cory McClenathan and his Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster will appear at Kohlweiss Auto Parts, 1205 Veterans Blvd., in Redwood City. The car will be on display from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and McClenathan will sign autographs from 3-7 p.m. Terry Haddock and the Terry Haddock Racing Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car will also be in attendance.

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 Sonoma time -- Pacific Time (PT): 3 hours behind the Eastern Time zone -- and subject to change at anytime.

TELEVISION: Two hours of qualifying highlights for the 18th annual NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals got underway on ESPN2 HD this evening (July 30) at 8 p.m. The qualifying show repeats on ESPN2 HD early Sunday morning (July 31) from 3-5 a.m. ESPN2 HD will also air three hours of same-day television coverage of eliminations beginning at 9 p.m. on Sunday evening (July 31). The elimination show repeats on ESPN2 HD early Monday morning, August 1, from 2 until 4:30 a.m. Also, tune in to NHRA2Day on ESPN2 HD, the weekly show that gives you the latest information about the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. NHRA2Day can be seen on Sunday evening, July 31 at 8:30 p.m. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Terry Haddock , Rod Fuller , Todd Smith