Gainesville: Cory McClenathan final summary

History repeats for McClenathan GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 21, 2004) - Starting from the No. 16 spot for only the second time in his career, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel dragster, went up in...

History repeats for McClenathan

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 21, 2004) - Starting from the No. 16 spot for only the second time in his career, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel dragster, went up in smoke on the hit of the throttle ending what has been a frustrating weekend for him and the Carrier Boyz race team.

After the tire smoke, McClenathan coasted to the finish line in 11.842 seconds. Grubnic, meanwhile, raced to the second round with an elapsed time of 4.699 seconds at a tad over 300 mph.

The last time Cory Mac qualified in the 16th spot was at the 1993 Houston event and the end results were the same as today's - a first round loss.

"We were behind all weekend long," said McClenathan. "Being in the 16th spot and against the high-horsepower car of (David) Grubnic, we knew they were going to go down the track. We knew we had to go for it. It bit us. It only went about two inches before it broke the tires loose."

Testing is now the order of business for Carrier Boyz Racing.

"We'll be here tomorrow testing. In fact, we'll be testing until we get it going from A to B," added McClenathan.

With 136 points, Cory drops to seventh in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings.

Regarding points, McClenathan had the following thoughts, "All is not lost. We're only in the third race of the season. We've got a long way to go but I'm feeling a little frustrated right now."

-cmr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac