Joliet: Mark Whisnant Saturday summary

Whisnant miss the field in Chicago JOLIET, Ill. -- Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance / Snap-On Tools Chevrolet Cavalier, will miss the 6th annual Lucas Oil Route 66 Nationals in Chicago, Ill. Whisnant, who struggled all weekend...

Whisnant miss the field in Chicago

JOLIET, Ill. -- Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance / Snap-On Tools Chevrolet Cavalier, will miss the 6th annual Lucas Oil Route 66 Nationals in Chicago, Ill.

Whisnant, who struggled all weekend with a number of mechanical failures, needed to run a 6.831 in the last session of qualifying to make the race. In the fourth session, Whisnant made his best lap of the weekend. Whisnant ran a 6.833 / 200.20 mph and miss the show my .002 of a second.

"We just cannot get a break this weekend," said Whisnant of Stockbridge, Ga. "If it could go wrong this weekend it did. We broke a driveline, and a transmission. Coming into the last session, we thought we had enough to qualify. It has been cold and over cast all day, but wouldn't you know it, when it was our turn to run the sun came out. We can't get a break."

The next race on the 2003 NHRA POWERade drag racing circuit will be the 39th annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Columbus, Ohio June 12-15.

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