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Whisnant ready for Columbus COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance / Snap-On Tools Pro Stock Chevrolet Cavalier, is rested, relaxed, and ready to take on the National Trail asphalt at the weekends 39th annual ...

Whisnant ready for Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance / Snap-On Tools Pro Stock Chevrolet Cavalier, is rested, relaxed, and ready to take on the National Trail asphalt at the weekends 39th annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. Whisnant, who has struggled in the first part of the season, would like to make Columbus the race where he turns his season around.

Whisnant took advantage of the week off in-between Chicago and Columbus to get some much-needed R and R, and clear his head away from the racetrack.

"Running bad can really wear you out," said Whisnant of Stockbridge, Ga. "You have to work hard to run well in Pro Stock, but I think it is twice as hard on you when you run bad. We work twice as hard at the shop and twice as hard at the racetrack. We have been burning the midnight oil in an effort to get back the edge we lost.

"Then you take it home with you. You constantly think about the racecar. You loose sleep. You begin to not be able to see the forest for the trees. That is when you have to take a step back and get a fresh perspective on what you are doing. It was time for a break.

"Since I left Chicago I have tried not to think about the racecar. My wife Gina and I took our boys, Tyler and Dylan, on vacation. We did the family thing, and I let my crew chiefs, Gary (Pearman) and Markus (Svensson), worry about the car.

"I think the time away has worked, because I am itching to get to Columbus.

"I feel good about Columbus. I have always run well here in the past. Last year I went to the semis and this is where I saw my first final round with the truck. I have had good luck here in the past, hopefully the luck will hold, and we will have a good race here this weekend."

Qualifying at the 39th annual Pontiac Excitement NHRA Nationals in Columbus, Ohio will take place on Friday June 13 and Saturday June 14. Eliminations will begin at 11:00 AM EST on Sunday June 15.

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