Columbus: Cory McClenathan Saturday summary

McClenathan 6th faces David Baca at Columbus HEBRON, Ohio (June 14, 2003) -- The combination of Friday the 13th and Mother Nature got Cory McClenathan's first day of qualifying for the NHRA 39th annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals off to a...

McClenathan 6th faces David Baca at Columbus

HEBRON, Ohio (June 14, 2003) -- The combination of Friday the 13th and Mother Nature got Cory McClenathan's first day of qualifying for the NHRA 39th annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals off to a bad start.

In Friday's opening qualifying session the Darrell Gwynn Racing NY Yankees/Berryman Products dragster was on what appeared to be a good pass when the engine lost the belt that turns the supercharger and supplies the engine power. Mother Nature then saw to it that there would be no additional racing when rain and lightning cancelled the remainder of Friday's program. When all was said and done, McClenathan, from Riverside, Calif., finished the day in the 13th position.

Weather, in the form of rain only, also played a role in the delay of Saturday's first session. The Top Fuel category finally took to the track at 3: 10 p.m., approximately three hours behind schedule. McClenathan wasted no additional time in making up for the problems of yesterday, when he blazed the National Trail Raceway quarter-mile in 4.611 seconds, good for fourth entering the final session of qualifying.

Immediately following that session, the skies opened up again and further delayed all racing activities. Deciding it would be of no additional benefit to run in the final session under the lights, the team serviced the NY Yankees/Berryman Products dragster in preparation for tomorrow's eliminations.

McClenathan finished in the sixth spot and will square off against David Baca, who qualified 11th with a pass of 4.688 seconds at 314.28, in tomorrow's eliminations.

Shawn Gann Pro Stock Motorcycle

The newest addition to the family of Berryman Products drivers, Pro Stock Bike rider Shawn Gann, ended the first day of qualifying in second position with a pass of 7.241 seconds at 184.42 mph. In Saturday's first session, the Stoneville, N.C. rider stepped it up a notch running an elapsed time of 7.220 seconds, but dropped to third on the grid entering the final qualifying runs. His final run of 7.253 seconds at 189.50 mph offered no improvement and Gann finished in the third qualifying position. In tomorrow's opening round of eliminations Gann will face Steve Johnson. Johnson qualified 14th with a pass of 7.310 seconds at 181.54 seconds.

-dqr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Shawn Gann , David Baca , Cory McClenathan , Darrell Gwynn , Steve Johnson