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Big changes for Carrier Boyz Racing and Cory Mac MOHNTON, Penn. (October 6, 2004) -- A lot of changes have happened to Carrier Boyz Racing, owned by Andy and Mark Carrier, and their driver Cory McClenathan since the team was here in September...

Big changes for Carrier Boyz Racing and Cory Mac

MOHNTON, Penn. (October 6, 2004) -- A lot of changes have happened to Carrier Boyz Racing, owned by Andy and Mark Carrier, and their driver Cory McClenathan since the team was here in September for the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals, which was interrupted by the rains from the remnants of Hurricane Ivan and moved to this weekend.

Perhaps the biggest news came last weekend at the CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago, when FRAM®, a unit of Honeywell Consumer Products Group, which manufactures and markets FRAM automotive filters, announced a multi-year sponsorship agreement beginning in 2005 with the Carrier Boyz Racing Top Fuel team and McClenathan.

"The future looks exciting with Honeywell onboard," said Andy Carrier. "Being with a Fortune 500 company means a lot to this program. This team has jelled and Cory McClenathan is one of the reasons for our success and he is one of the reasons that FRAM believes in Carrier Boyz Racing."

His brother Mark added, "This is a goal that our team has worked for over the past two years. Honeywell is a company that wants to win and that fits the philosophy of our team. They manufacture and market the highest quality products and we're proud to be associated with their organization."

The remainder of the changes came about in Cory Mac's quest for a guaranteed position in the Budweiser Shootout, a special race-within-a-race being held during the NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, October 30.

In the newly established qualifying procedure for the 2004 Budweiser Shootout only the seven Top Fuel drivers in positions 1-7 will be guaranteed a spot in the Shootout. The eighth position spot, a wild card position, will be awarded to one of the eight drivers who qualify in positions 8-15 through a special lottery drawing.

When McClenathan visited Maple Grove Raceway in September he was in the No. 8 spot with 2330 points, 65 points behind Doug Herbert in seventh.

Then at Dallas, the Anaheim, Calif., driver picked up 20 of the needed 65 points. But the biggest surprise came at Chicago last weekend.

McClenathan qualified No. 1, while Herbert qualified fifth. That narrowed the gap to ten points. But when Larry Dixon did not qualify at the CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals, both Herbert and McClenathan moved up a spot, sixth and seventh respectively, and Dixon dropped to eighth, 45 points behind Cory Mac.

"We are currently where we want to be and need to be," said McClenathan. "But it's not a done deal yet. We need to qualify high and the points should take care of themselves. We can't get overconfident. We just need to go out and do our job."

Carrier Boyz Racing joins the following list of all-star marketing partners throughout the 2004 season: American Racing, Autolite Spark Plugs, Don Steves Chevrolet (La Habra, Calif.), Fabtech Motorsports, FRAM, Mac Tools, Negley Electric, Prestone and PurePower Oil.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Larry Dixon , Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac