Topeka: Whisnant meets Spitzer in round one

Topeka, Kan. (Sept. 30) - Mark Whisnant came to the 12th Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Nationals in Topeka, Kan. looking to reclaim a spot in the top 10 in the Winston Pro Stock Truck points. Today he came one step closer to his goal when in...

Topeka, Kan. (Sept. 30) - Mark Whisnant came to the 12th Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Nationals in Topeka, Kan. looking to reclaim a spot in the top 10 in the Winston Pro Stock Truck points.

Today he came one step closer to his goal when in the first round of qualifying he drove his RW Performance Chevrolet S-10 to a 7.623 / 175.84 mph which would place him in the eleventh spot on the eliminations ladder.

Whisnant will met David Spitzer in Round 1 of eliminations on Sunday morning.

"We are going back to our baseline tune up for eliminations tomorrow," said Whisnant. "We tried to make some minor changes in the later rounds of qualifying and didn't see any improvement. So we will put the truck back to where it was at on Friday.

"I would have liked to have been in the top half going into eliminations. I really wanted to have lane choice. The left lane seems to be about .02 of a second faster. That could be a factor against Spitzer tomorrow, but the track has also improved. We will put the truck back where it was on Friday, and hopefully the track will come to us."

Eliminations at the 12th Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Nationals get under way at 10:00 AM CST on Sunday Oct. 1.

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