Madison: Mark Whisnant final qualifying summary

Whisnant in top half at Gateway. MADISON, Ill. -- Today at Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis, Mo., Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance Pro Stock Chevrolet qualified his Cavalier 4th for tomorrows Sears Craftsman NHRA ...

Whisnant in top half at Gateway.

MADISON, Ill. -- Today at Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis, Mo., Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance Pro Stock Chevrolet qualified his Cavalier 4th for tomorrows Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals.

It was in the Friday night qualifying session that Whisnant drove his Cavalier to a 6.890 / 200.38 mph to secure the fourth position.

When eliminations get underway on Sunday, Whisnant will race Tom Hammonds in Round 1.

"I am very happy with our performance here this weekend," said Whisnant of Stockbridge, Ga. "We have adapted very well to the conditions we have had here in St. Louis. It is very hot, and the heat and humidity has made this a very difficult racetrack to get down this weekend.

"Last night we made an awesome run, but we had to. We knew that if we didn't get in last night, that we would probably be going home today. Reports were calling for much hotter weather today, so it was very important that we took advantage of the cooler session on Friday night.

"I can't say enough about my guys. This team is giving a great racecar every time I go down the racetrack. I have complete confidence in them, and the equipment they are giving me. When they consistently give me a good car to drive round after round, then all I have to worry about is driving the car

"Today, we worked on our race set up, and have made two pretty decent runs. Tomorrow lane choice is going to be very important. So, we want to see how the car would react in the heat of the day. We ran good numbers, so I feel like we are ready for tomorrow.

Eliminations at the fifth Annual Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals will begin at 11:00 CST on Sunday June 30.

Whisnant Quick Facts
Currently 15th in NHRA Pro Stock Points (383 points)
5th in King Demon Points (475 points)
1 Final Round Appearance in 2002 (Topeka)
2 Semi-Final Round Appearances in 2002 (Gainesville, Columbus)

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tom Hammonds , Mark Whisnant