No. 5 McClenathan meets Millican in opening round on Sunday MOHNTON, Penn. (October 4, 2003) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Darrell Gwynn-owned, NY Yankees/ Berryman Products dragster, returned to Maple Grove Raceway to finish qualifying...
No. 5 McClenathan meets Millican in opening round on Sunday
MOHNTON, Penn. (October 4, 2003) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Darrell Gwynn-owned, NY Yankees/ Berryman Products dragster, returned to Maple Grove Raceway to finish qualifying and eliminations for the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals as the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series continues to make up race dates previously delayed by rain.
On September 12, McClenathan was in the fifth qualifying spot, by virtue of a pass of 4.581 seconds at 310.98 mph, when rains forced NHRA to reschedule the Lucas Oil Nationals with only one qualifying sessions completed.
It was de jà vu today. The first qualifying session, scheduled for noon time, was once again delayed by morning rains. But when qualifying did get underway, McClenathan ran quicker than his previous qualifying attempt, a pass of 4.558 seconds. Although he did post a quicker number, he still resided in the No. 5 qualifying position with one qualifying session remaining, weather permitting.
Weather didn't permit as the rains returned just minutes after that first session ended. At approximately 6 p.m., NHRA once again, and for the final time, pulled the plug on qualifying for this event. The field was set with McClenathan finishing in the No. 5 position.
Final eliminations for the Lucas Oil Nationals get underway at 11 a.m. (Local time-EDT) on Sunday. By qualifying fifth, McClenathan, from Riverside, Calif., will be matched against Clay Millican in tomorrow's opening round of eliminations. Millican qualified No. 12 with an elapsed time of 4.651 seconds. The pair have met once prior to tomorrow's match up with Cory Mac coming away with the victory.
"Once again it started raining about five this morning," said McClenathan. "It seems like we can't get away from this rain cycle but the good news is that we got to run today. The weather gave us a break this afternoon. We decided we were going to be a little more aggressive today than the last time we ran here. Everything went according to plans. It actually seemed like it made the pass pretty easily. We feel like we have something going into tomorrow. It's suppose to be clear and cool tomorrow and we're looking forward to that."