Pomona2: Cory McClenathan final summary

Early exit for McClenathan but optimistic about future POMONA, Calif. (February 29, 2004) - At the start of his 14th season as a Top Fuel professional drag racer, Cory McClenathan marks the start of the Carrier Boyz Racing era. Even with a...

Early exit for McClenathan but optimistic about future

POMONA, Calif. (February 29, 2004) - At the start of his 14th season as a Top Fuel professional drag racer, Cory McClenathan marks the start of the Carrier Boyz Racing era. Even with a first exit, McClenathan, who pilots the Berryman Top Fuel dragster, is looking for good things in his future.

McClenathan got a slight advantage at the start, but the front end of the car lifted and McClenathan was forced to pedal. When he got back on the throttle, the front lifted again and the veteran driver wisely shut it down and coasted to the finish line with Brandon Bernstein taking the win light.

"I live for the exciting stuff but that stuff should happen during qualifying, not race day. We kind of had our back against the wall with some mechanical problems during qualifying, but crew chief Jimmy Walsh and the boys made all the right calls. It was a complete animal out there. It was back to normal. I really thought we had a good chance of beating Brandon. Unfortunately, we tried to put to much power down at one time.

"It had shown some signs of wanting to lift the front end during qualifying but during the race it just got too aggressive. I hate that it happened because I wanted to give the Carrier brothers their first win of the new season," said McClenathan. "This team has a bright future."

Carrier Boyz Racing will head to Phoenix to do some testing prior to the start of the NHRA Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals next weekend, March 5-7, at Firebird International Raceway, in Chandler, Ariz., just outside Phoenix.

"I think the new clutch system has thrown us a curve," said crew chief Jimmy Walsh. "We're going to test this week before Phoenix. We've got notes on what we want to fix and we'll fix 'em for next weekend."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Brandon Bernstein