Whisnant trying to turn it around

By Anthony Rhoads

Stockbridge's Mark Whisnant has been in kind of a slump lately in the NHRA Pro Stock division but he's looking to turn around his fortunes this week at Atlanta Dragway.

The National Hod Rod Association returns to the track in Commerce for the Southern Nationals, with qualifying starting today. The finals will be held Sunday.

In the last NHRA event in Bristol, Tenn. from April 30-May 2, Whisnant failed to qualify for the final elimination rounds after having mechanical problems.

Whisnant said he is looking forward to racing at Atlanta and putting on a good show for the hometown crowd.

Atlanta is definitely one of his favorite places to race but he also enjoys competing in Indianapolis; Englishtown, N.J. and in events on the West Coast.

?It's a different atmosphere on the West Coast," he said. "That's where it all started."

Clanton looking for a ride: Jonesboro native Joey Clanton has parted ways with the Key Motorsports team and is working on getting another deal to race in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Clanton raced in two truck races this year including Daytona and Atlanta.

"We're biding our time and waiting for the right deal to come along," Clanton said.

Clanton, the 2002 American Speed Association national champion, raced in one ASA race this year at Lanier National Speedway.

At least for now, Clanton doesn't plan on racing in any more ASA races this season.

James wins Pro Division race: In Legends Pro Division action at Senoia Speedway, Morrow's Andy James took the checkered-flag in the 20-lap event. Doug Ludwing finished second and rounding out the top five were Tony Yawn Jr., Bubba Harry and Shawn Fitzgerald.

Chris Cable won the Semi-Pro 20-lap race and rounding out the top five were Brian Snider, John William Lee, Casey Tate and Aaron Brooks.

Kite places 18th at Memphis: Stockbridge's Jimmy Kite finished 18th in the USAC Silver Crown race Saturday Memphis Motorsports Park.

The next Silver Crown race is June 8 at Richmond International Raceway.

Ragan getting in the trucks: Former Eagle's Landing High School student David Ragan will race in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event in Mansfield, Ohio this Sunday.

The 18-year-old, who now lives in Kannapolis, N.C., will drive for the No. 66 Fiddleback team.

He has tested with the Fiddleback team at Texas, Greenville-Pickens, Milwaukee and Chicago.

Ragan also is scheduled to drive in the ARCA race May 27 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte.

"He is getting a lot of experience at different tracks and having a lot of fun," his father Ken Ragan said.