Whisnant gunning for a spot at Bristol

Bristol, Tenn. (Pre-Race) - Mark Whisnant and the RW Performance team head to Bristol, Tenn., this week for the running of the Second Annual Winston Showdown. Whisnant goes to Bristol in search of one of the two open qualifying spots available...

Bristol, Tenn. (Pre-Race) - Mark Whisnant and the RW Performance team head to Bristol, Tenn., this week for the running of the Second Annual Winston Showdown. Whisnant goes to Bristol in search of one of the two open qualifying spots available for Pro Stock Trucks.

The Winston Showdown has a special format where six of the drivers in the eight car field are seeded according to past national event wins and past Winston champions, leaving the last two slots on the eliminations ladder open. Those drivers who are not seeded may try to qualify for a chance at the $15,000 purse.

"I think we have a pretty good chance of qualifying," said Whisnant. "With the way the truck has been running, I feel pretty confident that we can get in the show.

"We went to the semi's in St. Louis, that has really done a lot for the confidence of this team. We have known all along that we have had a good truck, but it seems like we could never get a break. We would get the truck running well, and then something minor would break, or we would make a stupid mistake. That made me start to question whether or not the truck was going to run. You cannot have those kinds of doubts in your mind when you pull up to the starting line.

"The truck is where we want it to be now. We showed in St. Louis that we can win. I think we have as good a chance as any of the seeded guys to take home some of the Winston money.

"After Bristol the trucks have a six weeks off before we go to Indy. It would be great to make a good showing here before we break for the summer. I can think of a lot of things I can do on my summer vacation with that Winston prize money."

Qualifying at the Second Annual Winston Showdown begins on Friday July 7, and continues on Saturday July 8. Eliminations will take place on Sunday July 9 at 11:00 AM EST.

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