Sonoma: Cory McClenathan Saturday summary

After rough Friday, McClenathan rebounds on Saturday. SONOMA, Calif. -- On Friday, in front of the hometown fans of the team owners, the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports Centennial Batteries Dragster did not fare too well. In the first qualifying...

After rough Friday, McClenathan rebounds on Saturday.

SONOMA, Calif. -- On Friday, in front of the hometown fans of the team owners, the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports Centennial Batteries Dragster did not fare too well. In the first qualifying session, it was engine problems. In the second, driver Cory McClenathan, from Anaheim, Calif., smoked the tires ending the day in the 18th and last position on the Top Fuel ladder for the FRAM Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.

On Saturday, Cory Mac rebounded!

Getting from "A" to "B" -- from start to finish -- McClenathan clicked off a 4.659 seconds at 316.45 mph pass in the Saturday morning session.

"On Friday we were terrible," said McClenathan. "In the first session on Saturday we just wanted to get down the track and run in the mid-60's. We ran a 4.65, so we were right on. The second run we wanted to do the same thing. The track was a little hotter and we ran in the 70's -- 4.73 in round numbers. All in all we are happy and will go after them tomorrow. We'd naturally like to win the race, but would be happy going to the semifinals. The more rounds the better."

In tomorrow's eliminations, McClenathan will face David Grubnic, from Ennis, Mont. Grubnic qualified 11th with an elapsed time of 4.779 seconds. Head-to-head, Cory Mac holds a one-zip advantage for 2002. Overall McClenathan holds a 7-2 advantage against Grubnic.

Entering this event, McClenathan is third in the NHRA POWERade® Top Fuel point standings with 888 points. That places him 374 points behind point leader Larry Dixon and 277 behind second place Kenny Bernstein. He sits 42 points ahead of Tony Schumacher, who's fourth, and 46 in front of the fifth place driver Darrell Russell, who has won the last two events in Denver and Seattle.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Kenny Bernstein , Tony Schumacher , David Grubnic , Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac