Topeka: Cory McClenathan report

Parachute slows McClenathan -- Ends day in round two TOPEKA, Kan. (May 24, 2003) -- Having qualified third, his highest qualifying position of the 2003 season, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Darrell Gwynn Racing/NY Yankees/Berryman Products...

Parachute slows McClenathan -- Ends day in round two

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 24, 2003) -- Having qualified third, his highest qualifying position of the 2003 season, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Darrell Gwynn Racing/NY Yankees/Berryman Products Dragster, had an inadvertent parachute deployed just before half-track that ended his day during the second round of eliminations at the 15th annual NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals presented by Castrol GTX.

After defeating Scott Palmer in the opening round, McClenathan was matched against Doug Kalitta in the quarterfinals. The pair were in a side-by-side battle when one of the two chutes on McClenathan's NY Yankees/Berryman Products Dragster unfolded and he began to slow as Kalitta raced to the finish line win light.

"It was just one of those things that today became another way to lose," said McClenathan, from Riverside, Calif. "We have one chute to use with a button that I activate in the cockpit. It was the other chute that came out. We don't know why. We had a good race going. That's not how you're suppose to lose these things. I think it could have been a real close race at the finish line. We'll fix the problem and go on to Chicago."

McClenathan remained in sixth place in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings, 6 points out of fifth.

It's on to Chicagoland and the third of three races on three consecutive weekend for McClenathan and the Darrell Gwynn Racing/NY Yankees/Berryman Products Team as the 6th annual NHRA Lucas Oil Route 66 Nationals unfolds next weekend (May 29 - June 1) at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Cory McClenathan , Darrell Gwynn , Scott Palmer