Topeka: Cory McClenathan Saturday summary

Cory Mac drives FRAM AirHog dragster to the No. 11 qualifying position TOPEKA, Kan. (May 28, 2005) -- The consistency that has been missing from the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster, driven by Cory McClenathan, has returned...

Cory Mac drives FRAM AirHog dragster to the No. 11 qualifying position

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 28, 2005) -- The consistency that has been missing from the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel dragster, driven by Cory McClenathan, has returned this weekend as qualifying ended for the NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals, with McClenathan qualified No. 11.

McClenathan, from Lake Havasu City, Ariz., had a best qualifying pass down the Heartland Park Topeka quarter-mile of 4.626 second run at 322.42 mph. He will face Scott Kalitta in the opening round of eliminations tomorrow. Kalitta qualified No. 6 with an elapsed time of 4.561 at a speed of 322.90 mph.

"Todd (Smith, crew chief) and the guys made some really big changes to the car," said McClenathan, as he reflected on the consistency of the FRAM AirHog dragster. The changes have turned the car around. The car is going down the track a lot smoother than it has for a few races. We not the quickest but our consistency has returned.

Team owner Andy Carrier echoed some of Cory Mac's thoughts. "We're finding some consistency with the race car on what has been a hot track this weekend," said Carrier. "That's good. We need that. We've struggled some on hot tracks in the past. Now we need to pick it up a little bit and go some rounds tomorrow."

Smith indicated that "we left a little bit on the table that final pass and need to gain it back tomorrow."

"Looks like we're going to have a weather change tomorrow and that will add another variable. We've got Scott Kalitta and he's always tough. We're going in the right direction and we can throw some more power at it tomorrow morning. If it's cooler the car will run better, but then so will Kalitta. It a given that we're going to have to step it up some to beat Scott," concluded McClenathan.

At Heartland Park Topeka, McClenathan went to the final round in 1993 before finishing runner-up to Scott Kalitta. In 1994, he won over Don Prudhomme and followed that win up by turning back Kenny Bernstein in the final round in 1998.

McClenathan, with 429 points, enters the O'Reilly Summer Nationals No. 7 in the POWERade Top Fuel point standings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kenny Bernstein , Cory McClenathan , Scott Kalitta , Cory Mac