Sonoma: McClenathan/Gann eliminations summary

McClenathan disappointed with Western Swing SONOMA, Calif. (August 3, 2003) - Cory McClenathan, driver of the NY Yankees/Berryman Products dragster, began his quest for the FRAM Autolite Nationals Top Fuel title with a first round match up...

McClenathan disappointed with Western Swing

SONOMA, Calif. (August 3, 2003) - Cory McClenathan, driver of the NY Yankees/Berryman Products dragster, began his quest for the FRAM Autolite Nationals Top Fuel title with a first round match up against Rhonda Hartman-Smith.

Although McClenathan has met Hartman-Smith 14 times in his career, this will be their first meeting 2003. Cory was away first at the green, but near mid-track loss traction and Hartman-Smith raced to the win light, her third against McClenathan.

"This western swing has been very disappointing to me, two first round loses and one quarterfinal. That's not what this NY Yankees/Berryman Products team is made of," said McClenathan.

"We had too much power in the middle of the track today causing it (the car) to smoke the tires real hard. I thought we had the problem cured after our final run yesterday and that tune up would be our plan for today. It was definitely a different animal today than yesterday. That's too bad because we had a good jump at the light. It looked like we were going to run on down through there but for some reason we couldn't do that. We'll regroup and go after them in two weeks."

With a second round loss by Tony Schumacher, McClenathan continued to hold the fourth position in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings. Cory Mac has now accumulated 778 points.

After three consecutive races on the western swing, Cory Mac and the NY Yankees/Berryman Products team take a weekend off before moving, August 14-17, to the Land of 10,000 Lakes and the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in the central Minnesota town of Brainerd.

Gann fouls away chance

SONOMA, Calif. (August 3, 2003) - Shawn Gann, rider on the Mac Tools/Berryman Products Suzuki, used consistency to secure a No. 2 qualifying position during qualifying for the NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway. The Stoneville, N.C. rider hopes to continue the trend during today's eliminations.

In the opening round against Blaine Hale, the winner of the last national event at Bandimere Speedway in Denver, Gann fouled away a chance at victory when he left before the tree was activated. Hale recorded a pass of 7.177 seconds at 186.05 mph, while Gann had no elapsed time or speed.

Even with his problem with the starting tree today, Gann remains in third place in the POWERade Pro Stock Bike standings with 567 points.

The next Pro Stock Bike race is in two weeks at Brainerd International Raceway when the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals unfolds August 14-17.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Shawn Gann , Blaine Hale , Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac