Las Vegas II: Cory McClenathan Saturday summary

Cory Mac sits No. 5 at Vegas LAS VEGAS (October 30, 2004) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel Dragster, qualified No. 5 at this weekend's NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals. With elapsed times of ...

Cory Mac sits No. 5 at Vegas

LAS VEGAS (October 30, 2004) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products Top Fuel Dragster, qualified No. 5 at this weekend's NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals.

With elapsed times of 4.627, 4.568, and 4.543 seconds, McClenathan put together three consistent runs down The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway quarter-mile. The only misstep was in Friday night's session when a wing angle problem cause McClenathan's dragster to move sharply to the right and he end up in his opponent's lane. Driver experience paid off and he was able to prevent a more serious ending to the aborted run.

"The guys did a great job reading the car for qualifying," said McClenathan. "It's consistent. We've got a good race car.

"We've been looking to turn this thing around the last few races. Instead of firing one shot and then not being able to complete the job, we fired three good shot this weekend. I'm really excited about this. I think it's a good race car for tomorrow. Everything needs to come together at the same time."

In the Budweiser Shootout, a special race-within-a-race, McClenathan fell victim to a holeshot loss to Brandon Bernstein in the opening round. Cory recorded an E.T. of 4.568 seconds to 4.572 seconds for Bernstein.

"Unfortunately the driver let one get away today. That just kills me. I wanted to win this one for Andy, Mark and Shirley Carrier but it was not to be. The one thing I do know is that with the team we've got assembled here and the support we'll have from FRAM and Honeywell next year, there will be a chance to win a Budweiser Shootout in the future."

McClenathan will be matched against John Smith is tomorrow's opening round, with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11 a.m., local Las Vegas time.

ESPN2 will air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 7 until 10 p.m. on Sunday (October 31). Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Brandon Bernstein , Cory Mac