Columbus Mark Whisnant Feels Confident About Eliminations

Columbus, Ohio (June 16) - Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance Chevy S-10, came to the Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Columbus, Ohio trying to get a handle on mechanical gremlins and inconsistency problems that have plagued him since Las...

Columbus, Ohio (June 16) - Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance Chevy S-10, came to the Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Columbus, Ohio trying to get a handle on mechanical gremlins and inconsistency problems that have plagued him since Las Vegas.

"It's been very frustrating," said Whisnant. "Hopefully this is a sign of better things to come."

And it seems that better things have come to the RW Performance team, when in the last qualifying session Whisnant ran a 7.609 / 176.53 mph which would be good for the fourth spot on the eliminations ladder.

"It feels good to be going into eliminations tomorrow feeling confident about our chances on raceday. Not running good has been hard on my team and myself. It's hard to concentrate on driving when you are unsure of your equipment.

"We have had a lot of problems lately. In Chicago we had electrical problems that we could not pin point. That can be very frustrating. It's like looking for a needle in a haystack. We cured that by changing everything electrical on the truck.

"We have also made some stupid mistakes, which have cost us runs. In a couple of cases, those lost runs have caused us to DNQ. I believe we also solved those problems.

"For the first time in a long time, I feel like I am ready to race on Sunday. The truck is performing like it should have been all long. I even feel like we could have been better than fourth, but I'm not complaining. We will go into eliminations pumped up and ready to race. I feel confident in myself, and I feel confident that we can go some round tomorrow."

Eliminations at the 36th Annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals will take place on Sunday June 18, at 11:00AM EST.

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