Reading2: Cory McClenathan eliminations summary

McClenathan loses tire smoking battle to Millican MOHNTON, Penn. (October 5, 2003) -- For Cory McClenathan, driver of the NY Yankees/Berryman Products Top Fuel dragster, the rain-plagued NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals is over. In the opening round,...

McClenathan loses tire smoking battle to Millican

MOHNTON, Penn. (October 5, 2003) -- For Cory McClenathan, driver of the NY Yankees/Berryman Products Top Fuel dragster, the rain-plagued NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals is over.

In the opening round, neither McClenathan nor his first round opponent Clay Millican could gain traction on the Maple Grove Raceway quarter-mile. Millican lost traction immediately upon the hit of the throttle at the green light and his car got out of shape. He pedaled once and the car hooked up and veered toward the center line causing Millican to pedal the car a second time. Trackside observers estimated that he pedaled the car (got off then back on the throttle) seven times en route to the finish line.

Meanwhile, McClenathan wasn't having much success either. The Riverside, Calif. driver got out about 100-feet and the car got loose and the tires went up in smoke. From that point on it became a battle of on again, off again as the pair took turns smoking the tires all the way down the track.

At the finish line it was Millican first in 7.626 seconds, followed by Cory Mac's slower 8.152 second run.

"Words can express the disappointment we are feeling right now after that first round loss," said McClenathan. "Apparently, neither one of us had things just right but we gave the fans an exciting time and a lot of tire smoke. Based on our qualifying time yesterday, I felt that this NY Yankees/Berryman Products car would go some rounds today. What a difference a day makes. As always, we'll look for the reasons that we smoked the tires today, regroup and head for Dallas. The only good news about today is that I think we'll hold on to fifth in the points."

McClenathan does hold onto the No. 5 spot In the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings. Unofficially, he has 978 points -- 175 behind Darrell Russell in fourth and 31 ahead of David Baca, who is No.6.

A weary Darrell Gwynn Racing team and driver Cory Mac now move to Ennis, Texas, just outside Dallas, for the seventh consecutive weekend of racing when the 18th annual NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec unfolds next weekend, October 9-12, at the Texas Motorplex.

MOHNTON, Penn. (October 5, 2003) -- Involved in two races decided by red-lights, Shawn Gann, driver of the Mac Tools/Berryman Products Pro Stock Suzuki advanced to the quarterfinals of the rain-delayed Lucas Oil Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, just outside Reading, Penn.

A red-light foul start by Karen Stoffer in the opening round propelled Gann to a second round match up with the No.1 qualifier and current POWERade Pro Stock Bike point leader Geno Scali. Scali's 7.075 second run in the opening round gave Scali lane choice over Gann who ran a 7.106 second pass against Stoffer.

Leaving one thousandth of a second too soon, Gann handed the win to Geno Scali in the quarterfinal round. Whether Gann's pass of 7.156 seconds would have been good enough to win is a mute point as the win light in Scali's lane came on as soon as Gann made a foul start.

Unofficially, with two Pro Stock Bike (PBS) races remaining, the top three in NHRA POWERade PSB point standing are as follows: Geno Scali, with 1023 points, remains in the top spot, 151 points ahead of No. 2 Gann. Gann has 872 points, 7 points ahead of Angelle Savoie, who regained third. Savoie, the three-time and reigning PSB champion , was runner-up at this event and now has 865 points.

Getting much needed time off, Gann and the Pro Stock Bikes do not race again until the Third annual NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, October 23-26.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Clay Millican , Shawn Gann , David Baca , Cory McClenathan , Geno Scali , Karen Stoffer , Darrell Gwynn , Cory Mac