Brainerd: Cory McClenathan preview

Cory Mac hopes for another rebound at Brainerd BRAINERD, Minn. (August 10, 2004) -- At Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), the site of this weekend's NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals, Cory McClenathan has two goals for the Carrier Boyz Racing Team.

Cory Mac hopes for another rebound at Brainerd

BRAINERD, Minn. (August 10, 2004) -- At Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), the site of this weekend's NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals, Cory McClenathan has two goals for the Carrier Boyz Racing Team. The first is to get back on track. The second is to get a better handle on the 85-percent rule.

At the recently completed FRAM Autolite Nationals a small part on the injector that sits upon the 6000-plus horsepower engine caused an end to the team's bid for the event championship in the opening round.

The FRAM Autolite Nationals was also the second race that the nitro teams have had to become accustom to the fuel change imposed by NHRA for safety reason. The rule change reduces the nitromethane fuel mixture percentage allowed from 90-percent to 85- percent, thus in theory lowering the elapsed times and speeds.

"I think the Berryman Products Top Fuel Dragster will run okay at Brainerd," said McClenathan. "We need to pay attention to every detail on the car and work some more on the 85-percent rule. We need to catch up with everybody.

"We need to change a few things on the race car for this upcoming race. Right now we are running in the middle of the pack, but we need to start running with the front runners. We need to work a little bit harder and get this car into the top five in points. We need to rebound here in Brainerd like we did when the bad things hit us like they did in Columbus, Denver and most recently Sonoma."

McClenathan was referring to a DNQ in Columbus and mechanical problems in both Denver and Sonoma.

"We came back after Columbus with a runner-up finish at Englishtown and after Denver we advanced to the semifinal round at the CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals in Seattle. Hopefully we'll continue that pattern at Brainerd," added McClenathan.

Early in his career, BIR was a track that Cory Mac could do no wrong. He advanced to the semifinal round five times and won the event in 1997. Since that win he has had the misfortune of not advancing past the quarterfinals, losing by .039 of a second to Tony Schumacher in the opening round last year.

"I like Brainerd. We usually have done pretty well there, especially early on. I've won there before but I think I went out in the first round last year. You know I can't remember. It must have been something real bad for me to block it out like that. Anyway hopefully this year will be the start of a new string of good finishes," reflected the veteran driver.

Cory Mac begins his pursuit of the Top Fuel title at the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals when professional nitro qualifying starts on Friday (August 13) at BIR with two sessions scheduled for 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. and ending with two sessions on Saturday (August 14) at noon and 3 p.m. Final eliminations for all classes get underway on Sunday (August 15) at 11 a.m. These times are subject to change and reflect Central Daylight Time (CDT).

Qualifying highlights for the Brainerd event can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday (August 14) from 8-10 p.m. ESPN2 will also air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 7 until 10 p.m. on Sunday (August 15). Television times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac