Reading: Mark Whisnant preview

Whisnant predicts a good showing in Reading READING, Pa. -- Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance / Snap-On Tools Pro Stock Chevrolet Cavalier, is anxiously awaiting his return to Reading, Pa. for the 19th annual Lucas Oils NHRA Nationals.

Whisnant predicts a good showing in Reading

READING, Pa. -- Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance / Snap-On Tools Pro Stock Chevrolet Cavalier, is anxiously awaiting his return to Reading, Pa. for the 19th annual Lucas Oils NHRA Nationals. With a promising new team, and a good showing at this event last year Whisnant can foresee a productive weekend in his future.

Last year at this event Whisnant qualified his Cavalier number three in the Pro Stock field. He is looking for the cool autumn weather conditions and a great racing surface to help him place his RW Performance ride back in the top half of the field.

"We always have great racing in Maple Grove," said Whisnant. "Everyone runs good here. These naturally aspirated cars love the cool New England air. The conditions here seem to even out the field. It will be a dogfight to get in, but it has been at every race this season.

"One thing that is for sure, is that the fans will treated to some of the best Pro Stock racing they will see all year. Hopefully, we will be able to improve on our performance in Indy, and place this Cavalier in the show.

"Right now we are working toward next year, with emphasis on making the best of what we have left of this season. Julius (crew chief Julius Hughes) and the boys have been working overtime to get our racing program turned around.

"There are six races left in the 2003 POWERade season. Our goal for the remainder of the season is to be consistently qualifying by the end of the year. Placing this RW Performance / Snap-On tools Cavalier in the show this weekend will be a major step in the right direction.

"We have qualified well here before. I think we have the ability to qualify well here again this year."

Qualifying at the 19th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pa. will begin on Friday Sept. 12, and continue on Saturday Sept. 13. Eliminations will take place at 11:00 AM EST on Sunday Sept 14.

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