Las Vegas II: Cory McClenathan preview

Cory Mac starts No. 4 in Budweiser Shootout LAS VEGAS (October 28, 2004) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel Dragster, will start from the No. 4 position for the 20th annual Budweiser Shootout, a ...

Cory Mac starts No. 4 in Budweiser Shootout

LAS VEGAS (October 28, 2004) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel Dragster, will start from the No. 4 position for the 20th annual Budweiser Shootout, a special race-within-a-race for Top Fuel drivers being held Saturday during this weekend's NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

This will mark McClenathan's 12th start in the Budweiser Shootout. He has finished runner-up three times (1992, 1994 and 1996). Only Joe Amato, with 16 appearances, and Kenny Bernstein, with 13 appearances, have more Top Fuel Shootout starts. Bernstein, who is marking a 25-year association with Budweiser this year, will serve as Grand Marshal for this year's race, the first Grand Marshal in the history of the special event.

"Just to be in this race is an honor but to be in the in the company of people like Joe Amato and Kenny Bernstein is awesome," said McClenathan. "To once again be a part of the Budweiser Shootout shows the job this Carrier Boyz Racing crew has done for the past season. I hope that come late Saturday that I'm the one on top of the Budweiser Beer wagon as it parades the winner in front of the grandstands on the way to pick up a hundred grand of Budweiser money."

For 2004, the Budweiser Shootout was reformatted. Since last year's season-ending event in Pomona, Calif., Top Fuel drivers have been earning points based on how they qualify at each race. Only the top seven point earners were guaranteed a position and of the seven only the No. 1 qualifier was guaranteed that position. McClenathan and the other five drivers in positions 2-7 were placed on the qualifying ladder by random drawing held tonight at "The Joint" inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The eighth and final position, the "wild card" position, was also determined by drawing among the drivers that qualified in positions 8-15. Larry Dixon, who ironically had already qualified in the No. 8 spot, drew the Budweiser hat with the sought after No. 8 and will face off against No. 1 qualifier Doug Kalitta in the opening round of the Shootout.

Other first-round match ups are: No. 2 Tony Schumacher vs. No. 7 Doug Herbert, No. 3 Scott Kalitta vs. No. 6 David Grubnic and No. 4 Cory McClenathan vs. No. 5 Brandon Bernstein.

Budweiser, the Official Beer of the NHRA, has posted a purse of $147,000 for the eight drivers in the Budweiser Shootout with $100,000 going to the winner. In addition to the winner's share, the runner-up will collect $15,000. The two semifinalists will earn $6,000 each and the four first-round finishers, $5,000 each. In addition, Budweiser pays the No. 1 Top Fuel qualifier at each race a bonus of $4,000; this brings the total purse to $235, 000.

In addition to the Budweiser purse, the winner of the Budweiser Shootout will receive a $50, 000 bonus from NHRA should he also win the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals.

Television highlights of the Budweiser Shootout can be seen on ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m. (ET) on Saturday evening, October 30. Television times are subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

Carrier Boyz Racing joins the following list of all-star marketing partners throughout the 2004 season: American Racing, Autolite Spark Plugs, Don Steves Chevrolet (La Habra, Calif.), Fabtech Motorsports, FRAM, Mac Tools, Negley Electric, Prestone and PurePower Oil.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Kenny Bernstein , Tony Schumacher , Joe Amato , Doug Kalitta , David Grubnic , Cory McClenathan , Scott Kalitta , Brandon Bernstein , Cory Mac