Pomona: Mark Whisnant Saturday summary

Whisnant misses the WinterNationals. POMONA, Calif. -- Mark Whisnant arrived in Pomona, Calif. with hopes of placing is RW Performance/ Snap-On Tools Chevrolet Cavalier in the Pro Stock field for the 43rd annual K&N WinterNationals. His hopes ...

Whisnant misses the WinterNationals.

POMONA, Calif. -- Mark Whisnant arrived in Pomona, Calif. with hopes of placing is RW Performance/ Snap-On Tools Chevrolet Cavalier in the Pro Stock field for the 43rd annual K&N WinterNationals. His hopes dissolved when the best run he could produce was a 6.826 / 202.15 mph, which placed him 23rd and on the outside looking in.

"Not qualifying is always hard to take," said Whisnant of Stockbridge, Ga., "but I am still pleased with the results of this race.

"Four days before we left for testing in Houston, we lost out crew chief. It could have been a disaster, but luckily Gary Pearman and Markus Svennson where available. They started with us in Houston, which was only a week ago. Seven days is a very short time to become comfortable with the car, our equipment, and each other. Considering what they were up against, I feel they did and excellent job.

"I would like to be racing tomorrow, but I know that this team has a lot of potential. I know that we just need a little more time together and we will be as good as any team out there.

"We will be in Phoenix in two weeks to give it another try."

The next race on the 2003 POWERade Drag Racing schedule will be the 19th annual Checks Shucks Kragen NHRA Nationals February 20-23 in Phoenix, Ariz.

-rwp-

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Mark Whisnant