Memphis: Whisnant qualifies eighth

Memphis, Tenn. (Oct. 7) - Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance Chevrolet S-10 Pro Stock Truck, will enter tomorrows eliminations at the 13th Annual AutoZone Nationals in Memphis, Tenn. in eighth position on the eliminations ladder. In the...

Memphis, Tenn. (Oct. 7) - Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance Chevrolet S-10 Pro Stock Truck, will enter tomorrows eliminations at the 13th Annual AutoZone Nationals in Memphis, Tenn. in eighth position on the eliminations ladder.

In the quickest and fastest Pro Stock Truck field in the history of the sport, it was in the fourth round of qualifying that Whisnant ran a career best 7.469 / 179.59 mph to secure the eighth position. Even with a career best time Whisnant still feels as though he could have run faster.

"We changed our tune-up for the Saturday sessions," said Whisnant. "We changed a number of things, but concentrated on clutch and gear ratios. We still didn't make a good run today. We threw a ton of clutch at it and we were still on the borderline of running through the clutch. Even though that was a career best run for me, I know we can still be better if we can get enough clutch in it.

"We are working very hard on our 60 foot numbers. We are lacking on the bottom. That is where we really need to pick it up. If we can get those numbers down to where we want them, we could have possibly been one of the top four or five trucks here."

Whisnant will have lane choice over Bob Panella in the first round of eliminations Sunday morning. When eliminations get under way in the morning the weather conditions at Memphis Motorsports Park will be a concern for all the competitors.

"Tomorrow is going to get real tricky. The cold weather is going to make the track hard to read. It is going to be a lot like it was at the Super Bowl Warm-up in Houston back in February. Luckily we have good data from the Houston warm-up. The conditions there are comparable to what we have here on Sunday. It will be a tough track to read. The toughest thing tomorrow will be to not over power the racetrack. It will be a fine line between over powering and under powering the racetrack. We need to find that line.

"I am glad to be in the quickest field in the history of Pro Stock Trucks. It was not easy to get in here and it will not be easy to win here either. As tight as this field is anyone can win tomorrow. I think the team that can read the racetrack the best, and set their truck up to run on it, will win this race. We are going to do our best to be that team."

Eliminations at the 13th Annual AutoZone Nationals begin promptly at 11:00 AM EST on Sunday Oct. 8.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Panella , Mark Whisnant