Topeka: Mark Whisnant Saturday summary

Whisnant Qualifies 13th In Topeka TOPEKA, Kan. -- Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance / Snap-On Tools Chevrolet Cavalier, will enter eliminations at the 15th annual O'Reilly Summer Nationals in the 13th position on the Pro ...

Whisnant Qualifies 13th In Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. -- Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance / Snap-On Tools Chevrolet Cavalier, will enter eliminations at the 15th annual O'Reilly Summer Nationals in the 13th position on the Pro Stock eliminations ladder.

It was in the Friday night session of qualifying where Whisnant piloted his Cavalier to a 6.862 / 200.17 mph to secure his position in Sunday's race.

"It feels good to be racing tomorrow," said Whisnant of Stockbridge, Ga. "We have been struggling lately, so qualifying for this race, whether it is 13th or first, feels pretty good.

"I knew coming into this race that my guys had the ability to work with this racetrack. It is a lot warmer here this weekend than it was in Englishtown, and the altitude is a lot higher. So, this race is more about finesse than big horsepower. That is what my crew does the best.

"My crew chiefs Gary (Pearman) and Markus (Svensson) are getting everything they can out of this racecar. They are tuning this Cavalier to the track; not trying to kill them with big horsepower.

"We saw last year that this race track can change dramatically between the first round and the final round. We got to the final last year by changing the car to match what we had for that round. Gary and Markus are great in those situations, so I feel like we should have a pretty good race tomorrow."

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