COMMERCE, Ga. (Pre-race) - This weekend the 21st Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Southern Nationals will be contested at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga. Mark Whisnant, driver of the PiranaZ Chevrolet S-10 Pro Stock Truck, resides in ...
COMMERCE, Ga. (Pre-race) - This weekend the 21st Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Southern Nationals will be contested at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.
Mark Whisnant, driver of the PiranaZ Chevrolet S-10 Pro Stock Truck, resides in Stockbridge, Ga. and claims the Atlanta Dragway as his home racetrack.
In a concentrated effort to win one for the hometown folks, Whisnant and his PiranaZ racing team have been burning the midnight oil in preparation for this weekend's event.
"Since Las Vegas, we have spent a lot of time at the Atlanta Dragway testing our PiranaZ Chevy S-10," said Whisnant. "We have been testing everything we have. We are concentrating on trying to get every little bit we can out of this racetrack and this truck.
"Testing has gone both ways for us. We have learned what to do, and what not to do. Hopefully that will give us a pretty good handle on this racetrack: a handle that we can use when it counts.
"Since this is our home track, we are pretty familiar with this racing surface. We have put many laps on this track through out the years. Between when my Dad (former Pro Stock racer Reid Whisnant) was racing, and since I started driving, with the exception of Warren and Kurt Johnson, we have probably put more laps on this racetrack than any other team out there. We would like to capitalize on that familiarity with this weekend.
"Atlanta is our home racetrack. It is good to be racing right here in our back yard, but it also brings along with it many distractions. What with all our family and friends here, sometimes it can make it pretty hard to concentrate on racing. But the other side of racing at your home racetrack is that if you win here there could be no greater feeling.
"That's what we want. We want to put this PiranaZ Chevy S-10 in the winner's circle here in front of all our friends and family. We have put in the time and effort to hopefully make that dream a reality this weekend. We are going to give it everything we have, and maybe Sunday night we will be taking a Pro Stock Truck trophy back to Stockbridge."
Qualifying at the 21st Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Southern Nationals begins on Friday May 4, and continues on Saturday May 5. Eliminations get under way at 11:00 AM EST on Sunday May 6.
<pre> Personal Appearance Schedule
NHRA Southern Nationals Fan Appreciation Night
Wednesday, May 2 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Ga.
Advance Auto Parts NHRA Southern Nationals
Saturday May 5 ESPN2 4:30 - 6:30 PM EST
Live Eliminations Coverage
Sunday May 6 ESPN2 5:00 - 7:00 PM EST