Phoenix: Cory McClenathan eliminations summary

McClenathan disappointed with first round loss. CHANDLER, Ariz. (February 23, 2003) -- A sheared blower pulley cut short Cory McClenathan's day at today's 19th annual NHRA Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals, the second of 23 events on the 2003...

McClenathan disappointed with first round loss.

CHANDLER, Ariz. (February 23, 2003) -- A sheared blower pulley cut short Cory McClenathan's day at today's 19th annual NHRA Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals, the second of 23 events on the 2003 NHRA POWERADE ® Drag Racing Series at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., near Phoenix.

McClenathan, who qualified seventh, was paired against Jim Head, from Columbus, Ohio in the opening round of eliminations. Head gained a small advantage at the green light, but McClenathan quickly took the lead and looked toward the finish and the victory in his Darrell Gwynn Racing/NY Yankees/Berryman Products Top Fuel Dragster. But the win didn't materialize as the lower blower pulley broke ending McClenathan's chance at victory.

"It's a disappointment," said a dejected McClenathan. "You never expect something like this to happen. I thought I had him (Jim Head) covered and then it just quit. At that point I didn't quite know what happened. I did know I didn't win. As I said this is disappointing, especially after our runner-up start last race."

McClenathan joined Darrell Gwynn Racing just prior to season-opening NHRA K&N Filters Winternationals earlier this month. The 2003 season marks his 13th year behind the butterfly wheel of a Top Fuel dragster.

Returning to Darrell Gwynn Racing in 2003 is an impressive contingent of continuing marketing partners including the New York Yankees (currently celebrating their 100th anniversary in baseball), GMC, Mac Tools, MBNA Bank N.A., and Winnebago Industries. These fine companies will be joined this year by an array of new team and driver marketing partners including Berryman Products, Centennial Batteries, Don Steves Chevrolet, Dyn-O-Mat, Fabtech Motorsports and Negley Electric.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jim Head , Cory McClenathan , Darrell Gwynn