The Hill not good for McClenathan MORRISON, Colo. (July 20, 2003) - After fending off rain, lightning, wind and a power outage on Friday and two brief rain delays on Saturday, the 24th annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals is good to go as Sunday's...
The Hill not good for McClenathan
MORRISON, Colo. (July 20, 2003) - After fending off rain, lightning, wind and a power outage on Friday and two brief rain delays on Saturday, the 24th annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals is good to go as Sunday's weather is clear, albeit hot.
In the opening round Cory McClenathan, from Riverside, Calif., driver of the Darrell Gwynn-owned, NY Yankees/ Berryman Products dragster, squared off against Mr. Magoo - Don Sosenka. The win light went to Cory Mac. McClenathan recorded a 5.077 second pass to 6.332 seconds for Sosenka.
Once again the second round was not as kind to the Darrell Gwynn Racing team. McClenathan, matched against Melanie Troxel, had problems at the start. Troxel gained an advantage at the starting line and used that advantage to overcome McClenathan's quicker elapsed time. Cory Mac recorded a elapsed time of 4.931 seconds to 4.962 seconds for Troxel.
"I'm just beside myself," said a dejected McClenathan. "This is just so unlike me. I don't know what I was thinking up there (at the starting line) but obviously I wasn't thinking the right thing. I wasn't thinking go, I was thinking slow. We had a good car and the guys did a great job all weekend. The Hill got us."
"He's a good driver, I can tell you that," said Jerry Gwynn. "He'll win more races for his driving than he loses. He'll beat himself up for this one, but let me tell you, he's one of the best out here and has been for years."
McClenathan continued to hold the fourth position in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings. Cory Mac has 714 points.
Next up is the second of back-to-back-to back races on the western swing, as McClenathan and the Darrell Gwynn Racing NY Yankees/Berryman Products team move to Seattle and the NHRA Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Pacific Raceway in Kent, Wash. The event unfolds July 25-27.
Gann goes to quarterfinals
MORRISON, Colo. (July 20, 2003) - To get to the final round and the Pro Stock Bike crown at the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals, the Suzuki contingent must get by the Vance & Hines Screaming Eagles Harley Davidson V-Rod bikes of teammates GT Tonglet and Andrew Hines, who qualified one and two respectively.
In the opening round, Shawn Gann, on the Mac Tools/ Berryman Products Suzuki, squared off against Fred Camarena, also on a Suzuki. Camarena gained a slight advantage at the green light but the power of Gann enable him to take the win light.
There was good news in the opening round for the Suzukis. GT Tonglet red-lighted away a chance at a win and the low elapsed time of round one - 7.550 seconds. So there is only one Harley Davidson V-Rod in the eight bikes that advanced to the second round.
Moving to the quarterfinals, Gann faced the Suzuki of Geno Scali, who leads the POWERade Pro Stock Bike point standings. Gann gave the win to Scali when he red-lighted. Gann recorded a run of 7.607 seconds to a 7.603 second pass for Scali.
Gann is third in NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Bike standings with 530 points.
The next event for Pro Stock Bike, the 9th of 14 motorcycle events on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, is the NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway in Napa Valley wine country of Sonoma, Calif., August 1-3.