Early Parachute Slows McClenathan in Semifinals at Route 66 Raceway You know it's not your lucky day when a TV camera -- mounted on the back of your Top Fuel dragster -- is jostled by chassis movement and inadvertently hits a parachute cable,...
Early Parachute Slows McClenathan in Semifinals at Route 66 Raceway
You know it's not your lucky day when a TV camera -- mounted on the back of your Top Fuel dragster -- is jostled by chassis movement and inadvertently hits a parachute cable, deploying the parachute as the car is going down the track at full throttle.
Such was the weird fate of Cory McClenathan and the Carrier Boyz FRAM Boost team during Sunday's semifinals of the CarQuest Auto Parts Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.
While no one really knew how well the car would've run, McClenathan had to settle for another solid performance that showed the car can run consistently and has the potential to run in the 4.40-second range.
Eventual race winner Doug Kalitta easily beat McClenathan to the finish line with his 4.472-second run at 330.47 mph. For the record, the orange and black FRAM Boost dragster stopped the timer in 5.135 seconds, 174.14 mph.
"I thought the car was smoking the tires," said McClenathan, "but when I realized the 'chutes came out I checked everything in the cockpit to make sure it didn't come from the button (on the steering wheel that usually deploys it). We looked and saw a camera cable wrapped around the parachute cable. It was just an unfortunate circumstance.
"We really had a good hot rod . . . the guys gave me a good race car."
Assistant crew chief Tony Shortall said he and crew chief Wes Cerny "really made a lot of progress" in the combination."
After qualifying 11th (4.552 at 329.67), the driver also known at Cory Mac advanced with a narrow victory over Rod Fuller in a good drag race, 4.515 at 330.96 to 4.526 at 323.97, before eliminating David Baca in the quarterfinals, 4.552 at 327.10 to 9.322 at 91.27.
McClenathan remained ninth in points with 495, but is closing in on several drivers ahead of him.