Gainesville: Cory McClenathan preview

Cory Mac hopes for a rebound at Gainesville Raceway this year GAINESVILLE, Fla.  (March 16, 2004) -- Gainesville Raceway has not been kind to Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel dragster.  In 12 ...

Cory Mac hopes for a rebound at Gainesville Raceway this year

GAINESVILLE, Fla.  (March 16, 2004) -- Gainesville Raceway has not been kind to Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel dragster.  In 12 previous visits to the picturesque Florida track, he has never reached the final round.  His best outing was a semifinal round appearance in 1995 and again in 2002.

Last year at this race, McClenathan was driving for Florida's favorite drag racing son, Darrell Gwynn.  He qualified No. 7, but made an early exit in the second round of eliminations.  This year, McClenathan, who joined Carrier Boyz Racing just before the start of this season, hopes his new team and surroundings will be the start of bigger and better things.  

Although he has finished fifth the last two seasons in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings, and is tied for the No. 6 spot entering the NHRA Mac Tools Gatornationals this weekend, the veteran driver would like nothing better than to turn on the win light in the final round on Sunday.

"Nothing would give me more pleasure than to present my new team with a win this weekend.  Mac Tools is one of our associate marketing partners and it would be great to win an event that they are sponsoring," said the driver everybody calls "Cory Mac."

"I feel good about Carrier Boyz Racing.  We began to show promise at the last event in Phoenix.  While we will be going all out here at Gainesville, we must continue to sneak up on the 40s and 50s (runs of 4.40 and 4.50 seconds) before we will be a threat to contend for wins and the championship.  In my eyes, there are only a few cars out there that can make consistent passes in the 40s.

"This team will be happy making small strides.  I couldn't be happier being with the Carrier Boyz -- Andy and Mark Carrier -- and Jimmy Walsh and crew.  They all know what it takes to be winners.  I still feel that we will advance in our performance and become a factor week in and week out.

"As optimistic as I am, there are still a whole lot of fast cars out there and Gainesville is going to show even more of the speeds that these cars are capable of this weekend. We have our work cut out for us but I know crew chief Jimmy Walsh, Bob Bauer and crew will have us ready to go."

Behind their Don Steves Chevrolet tow vehicle, Cory Mac will pull the Berryman Products dragster to the starting line around noon on Friday for the first of his four qualifying sessions.  Professional qualifying for all four pro classes -- Pro Stock Bike, Pro Stock cars, Funny Car and Top Fuel -- is scheduled to begin on Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day.  Final eliminations will start at 11 a.m. on Sunday.      -cbr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Darrell Gwynn , Cory Mac