Indianapolis: Cory McClenathan Saturday summary

Cory Mac qualifies No. after 3 rounds at the 50th annual U.S. Nationals CLERMONT, Ind. (September 4, 2004) -- After three of five rounds of qualifying, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boys/Berryman Products Top Fuel Dragster, managed to...

Cory Mac qualifies No. after 3 rounds at the 50th annual U.S. Nationals

CLERMONT, Ind. (September 4, 2004) -- After three of five rounds of qualifying, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boys/Berryman Products Top Fuel Dragster, managed to grab a hold of the No.12 spot.

Round one was a glimpse of what they did not want the weekend to look like. Just after leaving the line, because they tried to push the dragster too hard too fast, it smoked the tires and left them with a place at the bottom of the qualifying sheet. On the bright side, things could only get better.

After a 16 place jump second round, McClenathan was back to all smiles but 10th was still short of where they were aiming. "We need to be in the lower half of the field and, hopefully, in the top five or six," said McClenathan.

The Carrier Boys/Berryman team stepped it up during second round and managed to run a much more impressive elapsed time of 4.763 seconds, compared to their first round 13.365.

While in the staging lanes just prior to the final qualify round, the team tried to turn the motor over. Something sounded wrong and they ended up taking the car back to pits. They took a head off to find that a lifter was broken. It was replaced and the dragster made it back up to the lines just in time to make the last pass for the day.

For that third qualifying round Cory Mac was hoping that they would run in the lower 4.60's, but unfortunately they missed it. Though the Berryman Products team turned in their quickest pass of the weekend, the speed was way down compared to the previous run.

"The belt came off early, but the biggest thing was I took a breath and couldn't see where I was going. It was total driver error," explained McClenathan.

With this being the 50th running of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, McClenathan was selected to be one of drivers to celebrate the event with a special one-weekend paint job.

Does being a part of the "2004 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Tribute Team" make this team want to work harder to get the Wally here at the Nationals? Cory says yes.

"I've never been able to take a one-weekend car and put it in the winners' circle. It makes me want to win more, that's for sure," concluded McClenathan.

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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Drivers Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac