Cory Mac upset by Lucas in opening round

After an amazing weekend of qualifying in the #1 spot and being the first Top Fuel driver to break into the 4.40 seconds since the new nitro fuel mixture, Cory McClenathan, driver of the Berryman Products/CARQUEST Auto Parts Top Fuel Dragster, failed to make it out of first round of eliminations losing to Morgan Lucas. ?We really thought we had a good car here and the numbers were showing it,? McClenathan said. ?The car was in trouble from the get-go. As soon as I hit the gas it was in trouble. It just really bit us; it?s just really bad timing.? The dragster lost traction and smoked the tires around the 330-foot mark and Lucas drove away for the win. ?Lucas and the team did their job, and they did an awesome job,? McClenathan said about his opponent. ?The kid left on me and did his job; there?s nothing else you can say about that.? The team plans to stay through tomorrow to test the car for the next race in Pennsylvania. ?We need to make this a consistent race car,? McClenathan expressed. ?We?ll do what it takes to make it that way. We just need to make sure that we can go from starting to half track. This smoking the tire stuff has got to stop.? The Carrier Boyz/Berryman Products team?s next race will be the 20th annual NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals on October 8-10, 2004 in Reading, Penn., to make up for the rain-out on September 16-19, 2004. CARQUEST Auto Parts began in 1974 with 100 auto parts stores. Today there are over 3,500 CARQUEST Auto Parts Stores serving North America. CARQUEST supplies the professional automotive service repair industry with import, foreign and domestic auto parts, tools and equipment. CARQUEST auto parts are also available to motorists who choose to do their own repairs although due to the advanced technology in today's automotive vehicles, it is CARQUEST's recommendation that auto repairs be done by professional automotive service technicians. Any CARQUEST Auto Parts Store will be happy to recommend qualified repair centers. CARQUEST is committed to providing auto parts and services of the highest quality and greatest value to its customers. Berryman Products, who has been associated with McClenathan and NHRA drag racing for the past several years, are once again racing with Cory Mac. Berryman Products, along with an all-star list of marketing partners that includes American Racing, Champion Spark Plugs, Don Steves Chevrolet (La Habra, Calif.), Fabtech Motorsports, FRAM, Mac Tools, Negley Electric, Prestone and PurePower Oil, joins Carrier Boyz Racing throughout the 2004 season. BERRYMAN PRODUCTS, INC. is a privately held company based in Arlington, Texas, and manufactures and distributes the highest quality automotive-related products throughout the U.S. and internationally. With operations in Texas and Oklahoma, Berryman and its subsidiaries SHP, TSI, MAAP, LDI, and SHPOEM provide products to major auto parts chains, mass merchants, and wholesale suppliers and independent automotive repair shops, car dealers and specialty outlets. To learn more, log on to or contact the company at 3800 East Randol Mill Road, Arlington, TX 76011, (800) 433-1704.
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