Madison: Cory McClenathan Saturday summary

McClenathan 4th as he saves best for last MADISON, Ill. (June 28, 2003) -- Saving the best for last, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Darrell Gwynn Racing NY Yankees/Berryman Products dragster turned in a run of 4.664 seconds to move into the...

McClenathan 4th as he saves best for last

MADISON, Ill. (June 28, 2003) -- Saving the best for last, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Darrell Gwynn Racing NY Yankees/Berryman Products dragster turned in a run of 4.664 seconds to move into the No. 4 qualify position for the NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals, being run under the lights at Gateway International Raceway, just across the river from downtown St. Louis.

During that final run, McClenathan, from Riverside, Calif., had what looked like a large engine fire but the veteran driver played down the event.

"At the most we had some oil that caused it to look spectacular," said McClenathan. "You can only put so much oil in that catch can in the back before it starts coming out. That's really all it was. It probably took a piston out. Then got a little spark back there somewhere. I saw a nice little light that showed me the way at the end of the track.

"It's just one of those things. We sacrifice one to the aluminum gods for a 4.66 time slip. This NY Yankees/ Berryman Products car needs to do well tomorrow."

By finishing in the 4th spot, McClenathan will square off against Mike Smith, who qualified 13th with a pass of 4.754 seconds at 305.34, in tomorrow's eliminations.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Darrell Gwynn