Cory Mac begins quest for third NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals title CLERMONT, Ind. (August 30, 2004) -- The 50th annual NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals and all the festivities surrounding the event begins to unfold this week, climaxing with the ...
Cory Mac begins quest for third NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals title
CLERMONT, Ind. (August 30, 2004) -- The 50th annual NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals and all the festivities surrounding the event begins to unfold this week, climaxing with the crowning of champions on Labor Day.
Undoubtedly, fans will have a plethora of previous winners in attendance to make their experience a memorable journey to event this year.
Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel Dragster, will be one of three drivers currently in the top ten in the POWERade Top Fuel point standings that have previous wins at the "Big Go."
Carrying the colors of the 2004 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Tribute Team, McClenathan, seventh in points entering the events this weekend, has won the most prestigious event on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series twice (1996 and 1999).
"Each and every win is memorable but there is nothing like taking home the trophy from the U.S. Nationals," said McClenathan, who has 28 career wins. I look forward to racing at Indy anytime we go. There are some tough cars out there this year. I'll be happy to qualify in the top five. It's looking like a championship for me is out of reach this year so I would like to win Indy. After the POWERade championship, Indy (the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals) is what everybody talks about."
McClenathan is in good company at the 50th anniversary race. The other two Top Fuel drivers that are currently in the top ten in points that have a Mac Tools U.S. Nationals "Wally," emblematic of winning an NHRA national event, are current point leader Tony Schumacher, who has three Mac Tools U.S. Nationals "Wallys" (2000, 2002 and 2003) and reigning Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon, who has two (1995 and 2001).
The numbers show that since 1995 McClenathan, Dixon and Schumacher have won seven of the last nine Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. Jim Head won Top Fuel in 1997 and Gary Scelzi in 1998. Both drivers are now driving Nitro Funny Cars.
Cory Mac begins his pursuit of the Top Fuel title at the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals when professional nitro qualifying starts on Friday evening (September 3) at Indianapolis Raceway Park with one session scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and ending with two sessions each on Saturday (September 4) at 3 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday (September 5) at 12:45 and 4:10 p.m. Final eliminations for all classes get underway on Monday, Labor Day (September 6) at 11 a.m. These times are subject to change and reflect Eastern Standard Time (EST) -- (At this time of the year, EST is the same time as Central Daylight Time, CDT).
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.
Berryman Products, who has been associated with McClenathan and NHRA drag racing for the past several years, are once again racing with Cory Mac. Berryman Products, along with an all-star list of marketing partners that includes American Racing, Champion Spark Plugs, Don Steves Chevrolet (La Habra, Calif.), Fabtech Motorsports, FRAM, Mac Tools, Negley Electric, Prestone and PurePower Oil, joins Carrier Boyz Racing throughout the 2004 season.