Memphis: Cory McClenathan final summary

Cory McClenathan advances to semifinals MILLINGTON, Tenn. (August 21, 2005) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster, advanced to the semifinal round at this weekend's 18th...

Cory McClenathan advances to semifinals

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (August 21, 2005) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster, advanced to the semifinal round at this weekend's 18th annual NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park.

In the opening round, with the heat index at 110-degrees and the track temperature at 130-degrees, McClenathan bested Mitch King. It was a 4.846-second pass for McClenathan, while King recorded an elapsed time of 5.054 seconds.

In round two, a holeshot on Scott Kalitta propelled McClenathan into the semifinals. Gaining a .005 second advantage at the green was enough for Cory Mac to edge out Kalitta. McClenathan ran an elapsed time of 4.836 seconds to 4.833 seconds for Kalitta. The margin of victory was 22 ten thousandths of a second in favor of McClenathan.

In the semifinals the power of Tony Schumacher's Army car proved too much for the FRAM AirHog dragster this day. McClenathan got out first but Schumacher pulled away on the top end. McClenathan ran a respectable 4.816 seconds in the heat, while Schumacher recorded an elapsed time of 4.672 seconds.

Nevertheless, it was a successful weekend for Cory Mac, Carrier Boyz Racing and the FRAM AirHog dragster.

"I can't complain," said McClenathan following the semifinal round. "I think the guys on this FRAM AirHog crew did a great job this weekend, especially considering the elements. The heat here this weekend made St. Louis look like Pismo Beach (Calif.). It was ugly. Through it all the guys worked hard.

"We went some rounds and picked up some points on the guys in front of us. In fact by my calculations, we are only 18 points behind eighth. Right now every point counts big. We were consistent and the driver wasn't half bad himself."

Unofficially, McClenathan remains No. 9 in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings. He now has 852 points.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Cory McClenathan , Scott Kalitta , Mitch King , Cory Mac