Joliet: Cory McClenathan preview

Carrier Family and points foremost on Cory Mac's mind this weekend JOLIET, Ill. (June 8, 2005) -- As he enters this weekend's NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel ...

Carrier Family and points foremost on Cory Mac's mind this weekend

JOLIET, Ill. (June 8, 2005) -- As he enters this weekend's NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster, has two thoughts that are paramount in his mind.

First and foremost, his thoughts turn to his owners, Mark and Andy Carrier, their mother Shirley and the entire Carrier Family on the passing of Larry Carrier, the family patriarch, on Tuesday.

"Larry Carrier was one of those individual that was ahead of his time but the results were that he brought many new innovations to both drag racing and NASCAR," reflected McClenathan. "He was an icon.

"I never had the pleasure of spending time with Larry and I think that's what saddens me the most. I knew Larry though spending time with the boys and Shirley. He certainly did an outstanding job bring up both Mark and Andy and the character they have and their drive to win. It is indicative of the type of man he was. It is a trait that came from both Larry and Shirley and has become a trait instilled in Carrier Boyz Racing. I wish I hadn't missed out on spending time with Larry and for that I am deeply saddened.

"Right now, my thoughts are on and with the Carrier Family and the people that were really close to Larry. I wish I could be there for them and with them, but unfortunately racing is what we do for a living and I will be representing the family in Chicago this weekend. The family needs some time for themselves and some time to be together as a family and to share the good time and positives things that were a part Larry's life. I certainly will have them on my mind."

Secondly, while the team carries on in Joliet, Cory's thoughts are on NHRA POWERade points. Cory is currently No. 9 in the POWERade Top Fuel point standings, one point behind eighth, 16 behind seventh, 44 behind sixth and 118 out of the top five.

"You get in slumps along the way and kind of get off track, but it looks like Todd Smith (crew chief) and the guys have this FRAM AirHog dragster back on track," said McClenathan, as his thoughts turned to racing. "They had the car going at the last race in Topeka and I go and throw it away with a bad light in eliminations. The results were that we're back to ninth in points now.

"It's important that we pick up some points at this event. We need to start going a few more rounds than the guys in front of us in the points. We need to get a running shot and have momentum going our way as we head for home in the last half of the season. Points were never more important than they are right now."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac , Todd Smith