Cory Mac sees red at Reading MOHNTON, Penn. (September 18, 2005) -- The color red was something that Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster, didn't want to see during eliminations today at the NHRA...
Cory Mac sees red at Reading
MOHNTON, Penn. (September 18, 2005) -- The color red was something that Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster, didn't want to see during eliminations today at the NHRA Toyo Tires Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, near Reading.
In the opening round, the lane of choice was the left lane. McClenathan used that lane to his advantage defeating Scott Kalitta. He stopped the finish line clocks in 4.575 seconds, while Kalitta ran a 5.176.
In the quarterfinals, Doug Herbert had lane choice and he chose the left, but it wasn't the lanes that mattered as Cory Mac fouled away his chance at a win when he red-lighted. McClenathan missed a green by only 77 hundredths of a second.
"Doug (Herbert) had a performance advantage on us all weekend," said McClenathan. "He ran a 54 (4.54 seconds) first round and we ran a 57. As a result, we knew that we were going to have to push it some. I staged deeper than normal, then pushed it too hard.
"The guys did a good job of getting the FRAM AirHog down that right lane. Not too many cars were getting down that lane today. Just a blink of the eye changed a holeshot win into a red light. The driver just messed up. Soon we'll all come together as one and this Carrier Boyz Racing team will start winning races."
Unofficially, as McClenathan moves to the next race in Dallas, he remains eighth in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings with 962 points.
NEXT RACE: The NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series is in the homestretch with just four races remaining. Cory Mac and the Carrier Boyz Racing team move straight to Dallas for the second of three consecutive weekends of racing. Next up is the 20th annual NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec, Sept. 22-25.