Las Vegas: Cory McClenathan Saturday summary

McClenathan begins quest for winner's circle from the No. 6 position Meets Weis for the third time in as many races LAS VEGAS (April 16, 2005) -- Continuing the pace that has moved him into the fourth spot in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point ...

McClenathan begins quest for winner's circle from the No. 6 position
Meets Weis for the third time in as many races

LAS VEGAS (April 16, 2005) -- Continuing the pace that has moved him into the fourth spot in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings, Cory McClenathan qualified No. 6 for tomorrow's eliminations at the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals.

McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Dragster cruised The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 4.569 seconds at 326.16 mph during Friday night's, under the lights, qualifying session.

In the heat of the day, under conditions that Todd Smith indicated will be very similar to Sunday's, McClenathan clicked off an elapsed time of 4.699 seconds in his final qualifying pass today.

"Todd Smith (crew chief), Bob Bauer (clutch specialists) and the guys (crew) gave me another great race car," said McClenathan. "This FRAM AirHog dragster is running like a bracket car. I look forward to eliminations tomorrow. The track will be tricky and slick, but after that final pass today I think this Carrier Boyz Race Team will be up for the challenge.

"I would like to thank Sam's Town Hotel and Casino here in Vegas and The Boat Brokers at Lake Havasu for their support this weekend of the FRAM AirHog dragster."

For the third consecutive race, McClenathan, from Lake Havasu City, Ariz., will go head-to-head against Scott Weis in the opening round of eliminations. Weis qualified No. 11 with a best pass of 4.634 seconds at 298.67 mph. McClenathan has come away with the win in each of the last two races.

Cory Mac begins his quest for the Top Fuel title on Sunday with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11 a.m. All times are local Las Vegas time and subject to change at anytime.

Qualifying highlights for the SummitRacing.com Nationals can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday evening (Apr. 16) from 7-9 p.m. ESPN2 will also air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 7 until 10 p.m. on Sunday evening (Apr. 17). The elimination show repeats on ESPN2 on Fri., Apr. 22 from 12 noon until 2 p.m. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Scott Weis , Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac , Todd Smith