Joliet: Cory McClenathan preview

After winning Cory Mac would like to keep momentum going JOLIET, Ill. (May 20, 2004) -- At this weekend's NHRA Route 66 Nationals, veteran Top Fuel driver Cory McClenathan would like to keep the momentum going. Fresh from a win at Atlanta ...

After winning Cory Mac would like to keep momentum going

JOLIET, Ill. (May 20, 2004) -- At this weekend's NHRA Route 66 Nationals, veteran Top Fuel driver Cory McClenathan would like to keep the momentum going.

Fresh from a win at Atlanta Dragway last weekend, McClenathan feels that the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products dragster is going to need a lot more power to keep the momentum on his team's side.

"Of course the momentum side of things is great to carry into Chicago," said McClenathan, who now has 28 career wins in 45 final rounds. "At the same time we know we're going to need a lot more horsepower than we showed in Atlanta. This track is noted for quick times and high speeds. There will be a lot more cars running big numbers, especially if the weather cooperates.

"The track at Route 66 is pretty awesome and we usually get one cool weather run on Friday evening. I think our chances are pretty good to go out there and qualify well and just like Atlanta, we're not going to try to win the race we're just going to try to go rounds. It just so happened in Atlanta that we went four rounds and won four rounds. Don't get me wrong, that was awesome.

"The crew led by Todd Smith did an excellent job of getting me down a hot sticky track. They were great on every pass. Who knows maybe we'll do that here too."

In five attempts at this event, McClenathan has never won. His best outing was approximately one year ago when he advanced to the semifinal round.

Entering this weekend's event, the eighth of 23 races on the 2004 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, McClenathan is No. 4 in the Top Fuel point standing.

The NHRA Route 66 Nationals opens with two professional qualifying sessions for the nitro classes on Friday (May 21) at 5 and 8 p.m. and two final qualifying sessions on Saturday (May 22) at 1 and 4 p.m.. Final eliminations for all classes get underway on Sunday at 11 a.m. All times is Central Daylight Time (CDT).

Same-day television coverage can be seen on ESPN2 with qualifying highlights on Saturday (May 22) from 7-9 p.m. and eliminations on Sunday (May 23) from 7-10 p.m. All times is Eastern Time (ET).

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac , Todd Smith