Topeka: Cory McClenathan preview

A win would be a great way for Cory Mac to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend TOPEKA, Kan. (May 24, 2005) -- Putting a disappointing and frustration loss this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio behind him, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier...

A win would be a great way for Cory Mac to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 24, 2005) -- Putting a disappointing and frustration loss this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio behind him, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster, is excited about this Memorial Day weekend's NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.

"We never did get untracked at Columbus; it was a difficult, disappointing and frustrating weekend," said McClenathan, who was born in nearby Wichita. "You put that behind you because this weekend we move to one of my favorite tracks, Heartland Park Topeka. I won here in 1994 and 1998 and was runner-up one year. I've also advanced to the semifinal round several times.

"I'm looking forward to getting started. Todd Smith (crew chief) and the guys are ready to go. So let's get this event underway and see what the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster can do. A win would be a great way to celebrate Memorial Day weekend."

At Heartland Park Topeka, McClenathan went to the final round in 1993 before finishing runner-up to Scott Kalitta. In 1994, he won over Don Prudhomme and followed that win up by turning back Kenny Bernstein in the final round in 1998.

McClenathan, with 429 points, enters the O'Reilly Summer Nationals No. 7 in the POWERade Top Fuel point standings, just 50 points out of the top five and 73 behind third.

"We were No. 1 qualifier here last year," recalled McClenathan, who now resides in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. "If we can repeat again this year, it would be a morale builder for the Carrier Boyz Racing team and give us the momentum to go after the guys in front of us in points. With a third of the season gone, points are important each and every event."

QUALIFYING: Qualifying for McClenathan and the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Dragster begins with two sessions on Friday, scheduled for 5 and 8 p.m., and concludes with two additional sessions on Saturday at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. McClenathan begins his quest for the Top Fuel title on Sunday with eliminations for all classes getting underway at 11 a.m. All times are local Topeka time -- Central Time (CT) -- and subject to change at anytime.

TELEVISION: Qualifying highlights for the 17th annual NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday evening (May 28) from 8-9 p.m. The qualifying show repeats on ESPN2 early Sunday morning, May 29, from 2:30 until 3:30 a.m. ESPN2 will also air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 8 until 11 p.m. on Sunday evening (May 29). The elimination show repeats on ESPN2 early Monday morning, May 30, from 2:30 until 4:30 a.m. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kenny Bernstein , Cory McClenathan , Scott Kalitta , Cory Mac , Todd Smith