Joliet: Cory McClenathan final summary

Seven-thousandth of a second ends Cory Mac's day JOLIET, Ill. (May 23, 2004) -- A red light ended Cory McClenathan's day at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals when he fouled away a win to a tire-smoking Doug Kalitta. In the opening round,...

Seven-thousandth of a second ends Cory Mac's day

JOLIET, Ill. (May 23, 2004) -- A red light ended Cory McClenathan's day at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals when he fouled away a win to a tire-smoking Doug Kalitta.

In the opening round, McClenathan, in the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel dragster, took the win over his former boss David Baca. McClenathan drove for the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports team in 2002.

McClenathan tripped the Route 66 Raceway finish line light in 4.511 seconds, followed by Baca in 4.544 seconds.

In the quarterfinals, McClenathan was seven-thousandth of a second too quick. Kalitta was at risk when he lost traction and smoked the tires. Kalitta ran an elapsed time of 8.225 seconds to 5.649 seconds for McClenathan. The red light by McClenathan gave Kalitta an immediate win light.

Nobody at this track felt worse than Cory Mac did.

There is nobody that is kicking himself more than I am right now," said McClenathan after the quarterfinals. "Everybody did their job and I threw it away. With Doug (Kalitta) going up in smoke like he did, this Berryman Products car would have been in the semifinals had I just done my job. Who knows, we might have been able to give Andy and Mark (Carrier) back-to-back wins. We'll never know, all because of a red light.

"Once again, let me say (crew chief) Todd Smith and the guys did a good job all weekend. We'll suck it up and go to Topeka."

Next up for Carrier Boyz Racing is the NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals presented by Castrol GTX, the third of back-to-back-to-back races and the third of six races in a seven-week span. The event unfolds at Heartland Park Topeka in the Kansas capital town next weekend May 27-30.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac , Todd Smith