Topeka: Mark Whisnant preview

Whisnant and Team RW blow into Kansas. TOPEKA, Kan. -- Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance Pro Stock Chevrolet Cavalier this weekend travels to the 14th annual O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan. At a ...

Whisnant and Team RW blow into Kansas.

TOPEKA, Kan. -- Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance Pro Stock Chevrolet Cavalier this weekend travels to the 14th annual O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan.

At a racetrack that has been know to run the gamut of atmospheric conditions, Whisnant and Team RW arrive at Heartland Park expecting the unexpected.

"They say in Kansas if you don't like the weather, wait ten minutes and it will change," said Whisnant. "For the last two races weather has really been a factor. It looks like this weekend we will be battling the weather again.

"It is possible that we may miss a qualifying session again this weekend due to rain. When the weather is unpredictable, it puts us in the same scenario we have had for the last two races: where we have to make every run count.

"The race track in Topeka is usually pretty good. The top end is rough, and can have a severe crosswind, which can hurt your numbers down track. We have worked hard on picking up our numbers down low, so I think that if we get in that situation we will be all right.

"Honestly, I am hoping for cool, damp days. We have raced in those conditions for the last two races and it has worked in our favor. It helped us in Atlanta and Englishtown. It might just be the ticket we need this weekend in Topeka."

Qualifying at the 14th annual O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec will begin on Friday May 24, and continue on Saturday May 25. Eliminations will take place on Sunday May 26 at 11:00 AM CST

14th annual O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals
Presented by Castrol Syntec

TV Schedule

Qualifying Highlights
Saturday May 25 5:30 -- 7:30 PM EST (ESPN2)

Eliminations Coverage
Sunday May 26 3:00 -- 6:00 PM EST (ESPN)

Repeat Eliminations
Sunday May 26 8:30 -- 10:30 PM EST (EPSN2)

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