Cory Mac advances to final round Move to No. 4 in points BAYTOWN, Texas (April 10, 2005) -- Cory McClenathan drove the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog dragster to the final round of the 18th running of the NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals at...
Cory Mac advances to final round Move to No. 4 in points
BAYTOWN, Texas (April 10, 2005) -- Cory McClenathan drove the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog dragster to the final round of the 18th running of the NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park today.
En route to the final round McClenathan defeated Scott Weis in the opening round of eliminations, Scott Kalitta in the quarterfinals and Morgan Lucas in the semifinals.
The final round was a good old fashion drag race. Tony was out first at the green and from then on the two race almost side-by-side. Schumacher crossed the finish line strip first in 4.505 seconds with Cory Mac close behind in 4.511 seconds, just .042 seconds behind the winner.
"We had a good consistent car," said McClenathan. "That final was just like it was scripted -- one and two qualifiers meet in the final round. The Tony Schumacher, Alan Johnson team is just stout but I have to say that Todd Smith (crew chief) and Bob Bauer (clutch specialist) are pretty stout, too. This FRAM AirHog ran good and I'm really proud of the whole team. On a personal note, I have to thank one guy for this. My day was good because of Roy Hill and I appreciate that."
On behalf of the Carrier Family -- Andy, Mark and Shirley -- Andy Carrier said, "It's great to get the first final round for FRAM and Honeywell since we joined them at the beginning of this year, As to the race, that final round was a drag race. That's what this sport is all about. We are still working on being consistent but today shows we are well on our way to realizing our goal. Each race we go one round additional, so now we're really looking forward to Vegas."
This was McClenathan's first final round appearance of 2005 and his first since Englishtown of 2004. His last win came at the 2004 Atlanta event.
Cory Mac has 28 career wins in 47 final rounds and is fifth in career wins in Top Fuel and second among active drivers.
By advancing to the finals, McClenathan moved to fourth in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings with 257 points, 92 points out of first.
TV: ESPN2 will air same-day television coverage of the NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals, today, from 7 until 10 p.m. The elimination show repeats on ESPN2 on Wed., Apr. 13 from 3-5 a.m. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.
Next Race: With the first back-to-back races on the NHRA 2005 POWERade Drag Racing Series, McClenathan and the Carrier Boyz Racing team move straight to Las Vegas for next weekend's (April 14-17) SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.