Topeka: Cory McClenathan preview

Cory Mac excited about direction of Carrier Boyz Racing TOPEKA, Kan. (May 26, 2004) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products dragster, is excited about heading to the NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals presented by...

Cory Mac excited about direction of Carrier Boyz Racing

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 26, 2004) -- Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing Berryman Products dragster, is excited about heading to the NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals presented by Castrol GTX this Memorial Day weekend. After all, he has won on the Heartland Park Topeka quarter-mile twice (1994 and 1998) and was runner-up another year (1993).

Fresh from a win several weeks ago in Atlanta, McClenathan is a rejuvenated driver who feels the future holds good things in store.

"I'm real excited about the team we have put together at Carrier Boyz Racing," said McClenathan, as he looked forward to the start of qualifying on Friday. "Andy and Mark (Carrier) have put together a team of dedicated individuals headed by crew chief Todd Smith. They are some of the best this drag racing business has to offer.

"In eight races this year, this team has gone from being a struggling first year team to a factor in the race for the POWERade championship. We are currently fifth in points and hopefully, if we can keep our momentum going, have a chance to move up even higher."

Sitting in the No. 5 spot in the points chase, Cory Mac, who has 465 points, is only five points behind fourth and 119 out of third entering this weekend's event.

With the demanding schedule, Carrier Boyz Racing continues to build their parts arsenal and will take delivery of both a new truck and trailer and a new chassis in the very near future.

"I spent last Monday at the chassis shop of Murf McKinney putting the final touches on our new car. Todd (Smith) hopes to have the car soon and ready for Columbus. Also, we should have our new Featherlite trailer any day now.

"Not only do we want to have the best parts and equipment to chase the top runners but we want to present the best image for the marketing partners that allow us to go racing. We wouldn't be doing what we do if it weren't for Berryman Products, American Racing, Champion Spark Plugs, Don Steves Chevrolet (La Habra, Calif.), Fabtech Motorsports, FRAM, Mac Tools, Negley Electric, Prestone and PurePower Oil," reflected McClenathan.

The O'Reilly Summer Nationals opens with two professional qualifying sessions for the nitro classes on Friday (May 28) at 5 and 8 p.m. and two final qualifying sessions on Saturday (May 29) at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.. Final eliminations for all classes get underway on Sunday at 11 a.m. The schedule is subject to change. Times are Central Daylight Time (CDT).

Same-day television coverage can be seen on ESPN2 with qualifying highlights on Saturday (May 29) from 8-10 p.m. and eliminations on Sunday (May 30) from 4-6 p.m. Television times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac , Todd Smith