Indianapolis: Cory McClenathan final summary

McClenathan and Carrier Boyz out of the race first round CLERMONT, Ind. (September 6, 2004) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz/Berryman Products Top Fuel Dragster, battled Morgan Lucas and the heat, in the first round of...

McClenathan and Carrier Boyz out of the race first round

CLERMONT, Ind. (September 6, 2004) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz/Berryman Products Top Fuel Dragster, battled Morgan Lucas and the heat, in the first round of eliminations, but it was a losing battle ending with tire smoke at half track.

"It (elapsed time) really threw us a bone last night, running that 4.60 seconds flat; we thought we had something," McClenathan says after the round. "Today we had to run Morgan Lucas, and we knew that he was going to be good on the tree; we were afraid to back it down any."

The team was disappointed about losing, but even more so about losing here at the 50th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. Soon after returning to the pits, the crew was getting ready to take on the next track in Pennsylvania.

"Indy can be a tough, tricky place and the heat came out early. Then with guys like Tony [Schumacher] running in the 4.50's, it's going to be hard for those other guys to beat that, but we can't let them get away from us because it will hurt us in points." McClenathan said.

This is the 2nd year in a row that McClenathan has qualified 7th and been taken to the trailer after the 1st round. In 2003, it was Rhonda Hartman-Smith that did it instead of Lucas.

Though Labor Day was not good for the team, they did manage to smoke their previous "Best Speed" here at Indianapolis Raceway Park. The previous speed was an impressive 322.34mph which they replaced with a 324.28 mph Sunday night at qualifying.

The Carrier Boyz/Berryman Products team's next race will be the 20th annual NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals on September 16-19, 2004 in Reading, Penn.

Mac Tools, with headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, is an associate marketing partner of Carrier Boyz Racing and since 2001 has been the only corporate sponsor of the NHRA's most prestigious national event, the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Morgan Lucas