Topeka: Cory McClenathan Saturday summary

McClenathan gathers 28th career No. 1 TOPEKA, Kan. (May 29, 2004) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products dragster, took the No. 1 qualifying position at the NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals presented by Castrol ...

McClenathan gathers 28th career No. 1

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 29, 2004) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products dragster, took the No. 1 qualifying position at the NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals presented by Castrol GTX being held this weekend at Heartland Park Topeka.

McClenathan's best run of four qualifying passes came in Friday's second session when he recorded a run of 4.513 seconds at 320.58 mph. Aided by a strong headwind which hindered most driver, the pass held throughout Saturday's two final qualifying sessions. By finishing on top, the veteran driver gained the 28th No. 1 qualifying position of his professional career.

"We were happy with both our runs today even though the numbers didn't show it," said McClenathan, whose last No. 1 came at the 2002 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indy. "In the first session today we had bad tires. That was our fault, not Goodyear's. In that final session the blower belt came off. The bottom line is we think the numbers would have been there, so we'll go out there tomorrow and try to go a round or two or four. We're ready for tomorrow.

"The weather shouldn't be a factor as I'm confident in both our hot weather tune-up and our cold, or cooler, weather set up. The wind is the biggest thing out there. It's coming down course. We took wing away from both the front and rear to keep our car loose so that it could run big numbers. Hopefully it will die down before tomorrow."

In tomorrow's opening round of eliminations, McClenathan squares off against Mark Strasburg, who qualified 16th with an elapsed time of 4.952 seconds. It will be the first meeting between the pair.

Final eliminations for all classes will begin at 11 a.m.   The schedule
is subject to change.  Times are Central Daylight Time (CDT).

Same-day television coverage can be seen on ESPN2 with eliminations highlights on Sunday (May 30) from 4-6 p.m. Television times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

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