Denver: Cory McClenathan Friday summary

McClenathan No. 1 as rain, wind, lightning and power outage halts Top Fuel qualifying MORRISON, Colo. (July 18, 2003) -- On Friday, the first day of qualifying, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Darrell Gwynn Racing NY Yankees/Berryman Products...

McClenathan No. 1 as rain, wind, lightning and power outage halts Top Fuel qualifying

MORRISON, Colo. (July 18, 2003) -- On Friday, the first day of qualifying, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Darrell Gwynn Racing NY Yankees/Berryman Products dragster, led all Top Fuel drivers at the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals.

McClenathan, from Riverside, Calif., recorded an opening session pass of 4.818 seconds and at a speed of 308.50 mph in the thinning air at Bandimere Speedway. Then, with two Funny Cars and all the Top Fuel dragster still to run, Mother Nature took over and rain, wind, lightning and a power outage cancelled the remaining qualifying for the day.

"It's good to be No. 1 no matter what the circumstances are," said McClenathan, who was runner-up at this event last year. "This team has worked hard to achieve whatever we can, and No. 1 is the best for today. We'll go after it again tomorrow when the weather is better and hope we'll still be sitting on top."

Qualifying will resume on Saturday with two additional qualifying sessions. Highlights from qualifying can be seen Saturday evening on ESPN from 7-9 p.m. (ET).

-dgr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Darrell Gwynn