Dallas: Cory McClenathan Saturday notes

McClenathan 10th to face Schumacher in opening round of elimintions. ENNIS, Texas -- With Cory McClenathan handling the driving duties, the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports Berryman B-12 Chemtooler Top Fuel Dragster made its debut on Friday, the ...

McClenathan 10th to face Schumacher in opening round of elimintions.

ENNIS, Texas -- With Cory McClenathan handling the driving duties, the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports Berryman B-12 Chemtooler Top Fuel Dragster made its debut on Friday, the opening day of qualifying for the NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at the Texas Motorplex.

Emblazoned in the corporate red, white and blue colors of Berryman Products, McClenathan's dragster is dubbed "Chemtooler" after Berryman's cartoon character who represents B-12 Chemtool, Berryman's flagship product line.

Berryman introduced its first mascot in the late 60's. In the late 70's the mascot evolved into a more professional "Berry-Man", that looked like a can dressed in a Texas Sheriff image. In 1997, with the aid of the late Ed "Big Daddy" Roth of "Rat Fink" fame, the Chemtooler was born.

When this new high-energy character arrived on the scene, Berryman's staunch "Berry-Man" was kicked out of existence. Like all powerful mascots, the Chemtooler took months of careful planning to create an image that truly reflects the high performance approach of today's Berryman products, but this is the first time ever that Chemtooler took a ride at over 300 mph.

That 300 mph run came in Friday's opening session when McClenathan blazed the Texas Motorplex quarter-mile in 4.651 seconds at over 314 mph. The elapsed time was good for 2nd spot at the end of the first of four qualifying sessions. An engine explosion prevented any improvement in Friday's second pass and the Anaheim, Calif., driver finished the day in 6th position on the qualifying grid.

With much dedication by the Henkelman & Baca team the Berryman B-12 Chemtooler Dragster was repaired and ready to do battle on Saturday.

In the first Saturday session, in a planned move, McClenathan shut the dragster down at half-track. This was to check parts and pieces and insure that there was no lasting effects of Friday's engine explosion.

Saturday's second and the final qualifying session yielded no improvement when McClenathan hazed the tires and immediately shut down and coasted to the finish line.

As qualifying came to an end, McClenathan found himself in the 10th position, only the second time this season that he has qualified in the bottom half of the field. He will face Tony Schumacher in the opening round of eliminations tomorrow. The weather for tomorrow is forecasted to be considerable different than today. It reached the mid-eighties today. The forecasted high for tomorrow is around 64 degrees and windy. A crew chief's nightmare.

McClenathan has raced Schumacher 15 times in his 12 year career. He hold an eight to seven advantage entering tomorrow's first round match-up.

-m&bm-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Cory McClenathan