Joliet II: Mark Whisnant eliminations summary

Whisnant exits in Round 1 CHICAGO, Ill. -- Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance / Snap-On Tolls Chevrolet Cavalier entered eliminations at the third annual Car Quest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals holding the 16th position on the Pro Stock ...

Whisnant exits in Round 1

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance / Snap-On Tolls Chevrolet Cavalier entered eliminations at the third annual Car Quest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals holding the 16th position on the Pro Stock ladder.

It was in the final session of qualifying on Saturday where Whisnant drove his Cavalier to a 6.794 / 202.94 mph to earn his place in today's race.

In Round 1 Whisnant raced current Pro Stock points leader Greg Anderson.

With Anderson holding a decided performance advantage, Whisnant knew coming into this round that he would have to be very good on the tree to get past him. Whisnant was over anxious at the starting and gave the win to Anderson when he red lit. Anderson ran a 6.722 / 204.82 mph to a red lighting Whisnant at a 6.808 / 203.31 mph.

"Hey I'm just glad that I qualified," said Whisnant of Stockbridge, Ga. "We have struggled so much this year that qualifying is a victory all by its self. It is unfortunate that we had to run Anderson in the first round.

"The good news is that we are headed in the right direction. I feel like we have turned a corner, but we would still like to run better. We are happy with our horsepower, and now we need to make the car run better. We have made improvements in our 60-foot times, but we are still off of where we need to be.

"We qualified for this race, and it looks like we could be getting close to being consistent qualifiers again. Even though we lost in the first round, we are going in the right direction. It is just a matter of time now."

The next race on the 2003 POWERade Drag Racing schedule the will see the series returning to Reading Pa. to contest the rained out 19th annual Lucas Oil Nationals. The race dates are October 4 and 5.

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Drivers Greg Anderson , Mark Whisnant