Englishtown: Cory McClenathan Saturday summary

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (May 17, 2003) -- A light rain washed out both of Friday's Top Fuel qualifying sessions for the 34th annual NHRA K&N Filters SuperNationals presented by Pep Boys. In Saturday's second session, Cory McClenathan carved out a...

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (May 17, 2003) -- A light rain washed out both of Friday's Top Fuel qualifying sessions for the 34th annual NHRA K&N Filters SuperNationals presented by Pep Boys. In Saturday's second session, Cory McClenathan carved out a pass of 4.652 seconds at 314.83 mph to ready his Darrell Gwynn Racing/ New York Yankees/ Berryman Products Top Fuel Dragster for tomorrow's eliminations.

His pass placed McClenathan, from Riverside, Calif., in the 10th qualifying position and he will face Larry Dixon, Jr., in the opening round on Sunday. Dixon qualified seventh with a pass of 4.580 seconds at 326.95 mph.

"On that first pass today we just weren't ready. It went out there and struck the tires right away. I tried to pedal it a couple of times, finally, the engine took a dump. It didn't help us much but we did finish that session 12th.

"In the second session we were the third pair out and by our turn to race we were already out of the field. It's a nerve racking time when you're on the outside and need to qualify to race on Sunday. We ran a 65 (4.65 second pass). It was very, very soft but a good tune up for tomorrow. I think we'll be okay tomorrow," said McClenathan.

On Thursday, McClenathan visited Yankee Stadium, home of the NY Yankees, a marketing partners of Darrell Gwynn Racing, who are currently celebrating their 100th anniversary in baseball.

"It's been an exciting weekend for me," said McClenathan. "On Thursday, I had the opportunity to visit Yankee Stadium, whose name we proudly display on the side of our dragster. I've never been to the stadium before and now I can see why people are such big fans -- such hardcore Yankee fans. If you go there you see the monuments, the statues, you see history. Almost all the big names in baseball have usually played for the Yankees sometime in there career. It was awesome.

"Mr. Steinbrenner let us sit up in his box suite right behind home plate. I ate a ton of Yankee dogs. I had a great time. I'm a Yankee fan for life now. Me from Orange County California and the Yankees were playing Anaheim. It was an experience I'll never forget. Oh, by the way, the Yankees won 10 to four."

Eliminations get underway tomorrow at 11 a.m.

-dgr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Cory McClenathan , Darrell Gwynn