Session #1 Friday: 4.612 seconds at 316.15 mph (#2)
Session #2 Friday: 16.185 seconds at 61.11 mph (#5)
Session #1 Saturday: 4.775 seconds at 296.70 mph (#5)
Session #2 Saturday: Did Not Run (#5)
Henkelman & Baca Dragster qualifies 5th; Cory Mac gets his kicks at Route 66.
JOLIET, Ill., June 1, 2002 --Once again rain caused a slight delay to the start of Friday's qualifying for the 5th annual NHRA Chicagoland Dodge Dealers Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.
When Friday's qualifying began, Cory McClenathan, from Anaheim, Calif., driver of the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports Top Fuel Dragster, came out strong running a pass of 4.612 seconds in the opening session.
In the second session on Friday, the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports Team was part of the final pair and ended the day by striking the new Goodyear tires and aborting the run.
On Saturday, it was hot and humid. With temperatures over the 90 degree mark, times took a nose dive, especially from the elapsed times (E.T.) recorded on Friday night. McClenathan ran the third best E.T. of Saturday's first qualifying session - - a 4.775 second pass.
Due to the extreme heat, the team elected not to run the final session. Said team owner and partner David Baca, "There was nothing to learn in the heat this afternoon. There was nothing to gain. We didn't want to risk hurting parts. The weather is suppose to be different tomorrow. If it stays the same, we'll take what we learned in the earlier session today and apply it to our runs tomorrow."
By qualifying fifth, McClenathan has qualified in the top half of the field 159 times in 202 races.
McClenathan will face John Smith, from Williamston, S.C., in tomorrow's opening round of eliminations which gets underway at 11:00 a.m. (CT). Smith qualified 12th. McClenathan has met Smith twice this season, winning both encounters.