Joliet: Cory McClenathan Saturday summary

McClenathan seventh at Chicago JOLIET, Ill. (May 31, 2003) -- After a disappointing opening day of qualifying, Cory McClenathan, from Riverside, Calif., rebounded Saturday to qualify seventh for the sixth annual NHRA Lucas Oil Route 66 ...

McClenathan seventh at Chicago

JOLIET, Ill. (May 31, 2003) -- After a disappointing opening day of qualifying, Cory McClenathan, from Riverside, Calif., rebounded Saturday to qualify seventh for the sixth annual NHRA Lucas Oil Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.

During Friday's opening qualifying session, McClenathan's Darrell Gwynn Racing New York Yankees/Berryman Products Top Fuel Dragster hit one of the timing cones (styrofoam blocks that hold timing equipment) resulting in the run being disqualified. Then severe thunderstorms forced NHRA to cancel Friday's second session for Top Fuel. The resulting effect of the two was that McClenathan was not qualified entering the second day of qualifying.

But Saturday's first session was a different story for the veteran driver. His pass of 4.570 seconds at 320.58 placed McClenathan in the top half of the field, fourth at the time. Then in the final qualifying run the gremlins returned as he lost the blower belt. Crew chief John Stewart indicated it was only the third pass using that belt.

Said McClenathan of the gremlins: "I sure hope that we got all the gremlins out of the way. I was telling John Stewart the last time I had a weekend like this, making it down the track only one out of four times, I went on to win the race. I'm hoping this happens this weekend.

"It's like everything else, we try to fix everything we can. We were going to go for it. A lot of other teams stepped up and we couldn't take advantage of it. We lost the blower belt. We'll just get after them tomorrow."

McClenathan will face the #10 qualifier David Grubnic tomorrow. Grubnic ran a qualifying pass of 4.633 seconds at 316.38 mph. Eliminations for all classes will begin at 12 noon tomorrow. ESPN2 will televised a taped-delayed eliminations show tomorrow 7-10 p.m. All times Eastern and subject to change.

Shawn Gann
Pro Stock Motorcycle

The newest addition to the family of Berryman Products drivers is Pro Stock Bike rider Shawn Gann, from Stoneville, N.C., who will receive Berryman Product for use in the preparation and competition of the Gann Speed Suzuki. Berryman's newest rider came through in true Berryman Products style, qualifying second with a pass of 7.141 seconds at 183.12 mph.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Shawn Gann , David Grubnic , Cory McClenathan , Darrell Gwynn