Memphis: McClenathan/Gann eliminations summarys

McClenathan gets nipped at the line in rain-delayed Memphis event Millington, Tenn. (September 22, 2003) -- Yesterday, with only five pair of Top Fuel cars being run, Cory McClenathan, driver of the NY Yankees/Berryman Products Top Fuel...

McClenathan gets nipped at the line in rain-delayed Memphis event

Millington, Tenn. (September 22, 2003) -- Yesterday, with only five pair of Top Fuel cars being run, Cory McClenathan, driver of the NY Yankees/Berryman Products Top Fuel dragster, completed his opening round against Scott Palmer before rain forced a one day postponement to the remainder of eliminations. Professional eliminations for the NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil resumed today.

A recap of Cory Mac's first round showed Palmer getting away first at the green but McClenathan reeled him in to take the win. McClenathan crossed the finish line strip in 4.594 seconds, slightly ahead of Palmer's 4.753 second pass. Having got past the opening round, Larry Dixon was next up for McClenathan. The match up with Dixon started McClenathan's action on Monday.

The race against Dixon was truly a drag race. McClenathan got a small advantage at the start and was ahead by .007 seconds at the 1000-foot mark, but that's when mechanical problems for the NY Yankee/Berryman Products tipped the scales in Dixon's favor. At the finish line, it was Dixon by .0097 seconds.

In pure numbers, McClenathan's reaction time was .065 seconds and Dixon's was .070 seconds. Cory Mac ran the quarter-mile in 4.638 seconds at 314.31 mph. Dixon stopped the Memphis Motorsports Park timing clocks in 4.624 seconds at 320.13 mph.

"Here lately it seems we can't get any racing luck," said McClenathan. "Against Dixon today, we came up on the losing end again. Around 1000-feet we dropped a retainer, the small pad that sits between the rocker arm and the valve stem and allows you to adjust the valve. Then we lost (dropped) two cylinders. I guess the good news, if there is any good news in losing, is that we didn't have any major blower or engine problems."

Continuing straight to the Chicago area, Cory Mac and the Darrell Gwynn Racing team must forget about today's loss and begin to prepare for this weekend's NHRA Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. Top Fuel qualifying begins with two sessions on Friday and concludes with two more on Saturday. Final eliminations are schedule for Sunday.

"I'm going to step out on a limb and say we are going to run our best ever at Chicago. The air is usually real good at Route 66 this time of the year. This NY Yankees/Berryman Products dragster is running real consistent right now and it's only a matter of time before we get into the winner's circle," concluded McClenathan.

In the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings, Cory Mac has 887 points -- 211 behind Tony Schumacher, who won today's Top Fuel title at the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals, and 6 ahead of David Baca, who is No. 6.

Shawn Gann Mac Tools/Berryman Products Pro Stock Motorcycle

Gann to semifinals, still No. 2 in points

Millington, Tenn. (September 22, 2003) -- After rain forced a one day postponement to the opening round of Pro Stock Bike (PSB), Shawn Gann, aboard the Mac Tools/Berryman Products Suzuki, did battle with Steve Johnson today in the opening round as PSB finally took to the Memphis Motorsports Park quarter-mile track.

In the match up against Johnson, it was Gann from start to finish and moved Gann to the quarterfinals against Mike Berry. Against Berry, Gann made the win look easy once again, running the quickest elapsed time of the quarterfinals, a 7.219.

In the semifinals, Showers used a .117 second advantage at the green light to take a holeshot victory over Gann. Gann recorded a pass of 7.243 seconds at 182.03 mph to 7.251 seconds at 182.16 mph for Showers.

On the other side of the ladder, Angelle Savoie gave Fred Collis a gift when she red-lighted negating her 7.169 second elapsed time. Collis, who advanced to the finals against Showers, ran an elapsed time of 7.246 seconds.

Just as Savoie handed Collis a free ride into the final round, Collis handed Showers a free ride into the winner's circle. For Showers it's his second consecutive win, having won the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indy. He also won the K&N Filters Pro Bike Klash, a special race-within-a-race, also held at Indy.

With the win, Showers moved into third in the NHRA POWERade PSB point standings. Geno Scali, with 929 points, remained in the top spot, 113 points ahead of No. 2 Gann. Gann has 816 points, 30 points ahead of Showers, who has 786 points. Three-time and reigning PSB champion Angelle Savoie dropped to fourth and now has 768 points.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Mike Berry , Shawn Gann , David Baca , Cory McClenathan , Geno Scali , Darrell Gwynn , Scott Palmer , Cory Mac , Fred Collis