Topeka: Cory McClenathan qualifying report

Cory McClenathan: Session ...

Cory McClenathan: Session #1 Friday: 4.670 seconds at 313.07 mph (#6) Session #2 Friday: 8.121 seconds at 96.93 mph (#9) Session #3 Saturday: 4.577 seconds at 315.56 mph (#3) Session #4 Saturday: 4.626 seconds at 308.64 mph (#3)

Third on the qualifying grid for McClenathan at Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 24, 2003) -- Running well, but never unleashing the full potential of his Darrell Gwynn Racing's New York Yankees/Berryman Products Top Fuel Dragster until Saturday, Cory McClenathan qualified third for the 15th annual O'Reilly Summer Nationals presented by Castrol GTX..

McClenathan's best of four passes down the Heartland Park Topeka quarter-mile was a pass of 4.577 seconds at 315.56 mph in Saturday's first session.

"With the exception of the run on Friday night, the NY Yankees/Berryman Products dragster ran consistent. We have a good base and should be ready when eliminations begin tomorrow. This week we will not throw away our chances of winning the title here. The driver plans to do his best driving on Sunday, " said McClenathan, from Riverside, Calif., referring to his red-light start of one week ago in eliminations.

In the opening round on Sunday, which begins at 12 noon (ET), McClenathan will face Scott Palmer, who qualified 14th with an elapsed time of 4.883 seconds.

Eliminations will be televised tomorrow on ESPN2 from 3:30-6 p.m. (ET).


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Series NHRA
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Darrell Gwynn , Scott Palmer