Columbus Mark Whisnant Heads to St. Louis With Confidence

Columbus, Ohio (June 18) - Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance Chevrolet S-10, entered Pro Stock Truck eliminations at the 36th Annual Pontiac Excitement National in the fourth position on the eliminations ladder. In the first round ...

Columbus, Ohio (June 18) - Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance Chevrolet S-10, entered Pro Stock Truck eliminations at the 36th Annual Pontiac Excitement National in the fourth position on the eliminations ladder.

In the first round Whisnant would be paired against Steve Farr. Farr, who was slow to stage, would defeat Whisnant when he ran a 7.634 / 176.28 mph to Whisnant 7.668 / 175.94.

"Steve kind of hung me out in the lights," said Whisnant. "That caused the clutch to get very hot. When I let the clutch out, I immediately got out of shape. It was all over after that.

"But I'm not disappointed. We qualified number 4 this weekend, better than we have all year. The truck just keeps getting quicker. With the new motor in the truck, I feel confident about our chances in St. Louis."

Last week Kurt Johnson hit a snag in Whisnant's motor development program. The engine that Whisnant had been using lost vacuum on the dyno at Johnson's shop. When Johnson could not find the problem, the decision was made that if the RW Performance team wanted to race in Columbus, they would have to find another engine. With Warren and Kurt Johnson's advice and blessing Whisnant purchases a race proven Jenkins motor plant from Brad Jeter.

"We have not scrapped the motor development with Warren and Kurt. You don't just put together a motor program over night. We know that you have to try lots of different combinations before you hit on the right blend. We have 100 percent faith in Warren and Kurt and know this is just a minor set back. It will come back around, until then we will use this motor to keep us at the track and racing.

"We bought a good piece. That showed in the way we qualified. It is the same motor that Jeter sat on the pole with a couple times last year. We know it makes good horsepower, and that's what we need if we want to keep racing. Our performance this weekend has really raised this teams confidence level. We will be in St. Louis ready to race."

The next stop on the NHRA Drag Racing Series is the 3rd Annual Sears Craftsman Nationals in St. Louis, Mo. June 22-24.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Brad Jeter , Kurt Johnson , Mark Whisnant