CARRIER BOYZ RACING: Cory Mac advances to final round
CARRIER BOYZ RACING
FRAM AIRHOG TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
18TH ANNUAL NHRA O'REILLY SPRING NATIONALS
HOUSTON RACEWAY PARK - HOUSTON (BAYTOWN) TEXAS
APRIL 8-10, 2005
Qualified: #2 (4.496 seconds at 329.10 mph)
Round 1: McClenathan (4.531/326.08) def. Scott Weis (4.677/315.12)
Round 2: McClenathan (4.568/324.90) def. Scott Kalitta (7.591/07.82)
Round 3 (Semifinals): McClenathan (4.589/322.42) def. Morgan Lucas
Round 3 (Finals): McClenathan (4.511/327.74) runner-up to Tony
Cory Mac advances to final round
Move to No. 4 in points
BAYTOWN, Texas (April 10, 2005) - Cory McClenathan drove the Carrier
Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog dragster to the final round of the 18th running
of the NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park today.
En route to the final round McClenathan defeated Scott Weis in the
opening round of eliminations, Scott Kalitta in the quarterfinals and
Morgan Lucas in the semifinals.
The final round was a good old fashion drag race. Tony was out first at
the green and from then on the two race almost side-by-side. Schumacher
crossed the finish line strip first in 4.505 seconds with Cory Mac close
behind in 4.511 seconds, just .042 seconds behind the winner.
"We had a good consistent car," said McClenathan. "That final was just
like it was scripted - one and two qualifiers meet in the final round.
The Tony Schumacher, Alan Johnson team is just stout but I have to say
that Todd Smith (crew chief) and Bob Bauer (clutch specialist) are
pretty stout, too. This FRAM AirHog ran good and I'm really proud of
the whole team. On a personal note, I have to thank one guy for this.
My day was good because of Roy Hill and I appreciate that."
On behalf of the Carrier Family - Andy, Mark and Shirley -- Andy Carrier
said, "It's great to get the first final round for FRAM and Honeywell
since we joined them at the beginning of this year, As to the race, that
final round was a drag race. That's what this sport is all about. We
are still working on being consistent but today shows we are well on our
way to realizing our goal. Each race we go one round additional, so now
we're really looking forward to Vegas."
This was McClenathan's first final round appearance of 2005 and his
first since Englishtown of 2004. His last win came at the 2004 Atlanta
Cory Mac has 28 career wins in 47 final rounds and is fifth in career
wins in Top Fuel and second among active drivers.
By advancing to the finals, McClenathan moved to fourth in the NHRA
POWERade Top Fuel point standings with 257 points, 92 points out of first.
TV: ESPN2 will air same-day television coverage of the NHRA O'Reilly
Spring Nationals, today, from 7 until 10 p.m. The elimination show
repeats on ESPN2 on Wed., Apr. 13 from 3-5 a.m. Television times are
Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.
Next Race: With the first back-to-back races on the NHRA 2005 POWERade
Drag Racing Series, McClenathan and the Carrier Boyz Racing team move
straight to Las Vegas for next weekend's (April 14-17) SummitRacing.com
Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Headquartered in Danbury, Conn., FRAM®, the official filter of the
NHRA®, is a unit of Honeywell Consumer Products Group, which
manufactures and markets the FRAM AirHog^(TM) air filter and other
quality FRAM automotive filters. The Honeywell Consumer Products Group
also includes Prestone® antifreeze/coolant and car care products,
Autolite® spark plugs and ignition wire sets and Holts® car care
products. For additional information visit the following websites: FRAM
at www.fram.com and FRAM AirHog at www.framairhog.com or call
For 2005, Carrier Boyz Racing, with headquarters and racing shop in
Bristol, Tenn., and primary marketing partners FRAM and Honeywell
welcome the support of our associate marketing partners: American Racing
Wheels, Autolite Spark Plugs, Bendix, Fabtech, GMC, Mac Tools, Prestone
and PurePower Oil. Visit our website at www.carrierboyzracing.com for
the most current team news, race results and team merchandise.