GJ’s Whiteley will try to win at Bandimere for 5th straight year

Jim Whiteley and the YNot Racing team puts a four-year win streak on the line this weekend in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Thunder on the Mountain Central Regional at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, just outside Denver.

Qualifying began Friday for the alcohol cars with two sessions today. Final eliminations are scheduled for Sunday.

The four-time defending NHRA Division 7 Top Alcohol Dragster champion and Grand Junction resident, Whiteley hasn’t lost a round at the home track since June 17, 2007.

He credits Crew Chief Norm Grimes for his success.

“Norm has a pretty good handle on Denver,” Whiteley said in a news release. “He really has a pretty good handle on the car, period, right now. We feel pretty good about keeping that going this weekend.

“This facility is just phenomenal. It is one of the best tracks we race on all year. Larry (Crisp, track manager) and the crew at Bandimere really do a great job running a good race. I wish there were 16 races here each year.”

The high-altitude conditions can require several changes for crew chiefs and drivers as well.

Whiteley’s wife, Annie Whiteley, hopes to feed off Jim’s success in her Top Alcohol Funny Car rookie season.

She is 10th in the national standings and third in the Western Region.

“I was a little nervous coming into this weekend,” she said in the news release. “It kind of calmed my nerves. I have ran our Top Dragster a couple times in bracket races, but this car is a different animal. The test really helped get me back up to speed.”


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