Whiteley wins Top Alcohol title

Jim Whiteley and his wife made history.

The Grand Junction top alcohol dragster won the NHRA Western Regional title last weekend in Las Vegas to join his wife, Annie, who won the top alcohol funny car Western Regional title.

They are the first husband and wife in the history of Top Alcohol categories to win the same event.

“It felt good to get the divisional win,” said Whiteley in a press release. “We hate that it couldn’t be decided with the original race. It definitely made it more special with my wife Annie winning Top Alcohol Funny Car. At one of the races down the road, we will definitely have to pose the cars side by side with the trophies for a team winner’s circle picture. Hopefully this isn’t the last time we both win at the same race.”

Jim Whiteley won the title with a 5.525 second run at 263.82 mph in the finals.

He followed that with a win in the SummitRacing.com Nationals the same weekend in Las Vegas.

Whiteley defeated Cody Perkins in the final with a 5.306 second run at 269.35 mph.


The Grand Gents rugby team defeated Fort Collins 41-15 on Saturday, taking a 36-0 halftime lead.

Wiehan Pretcrius scored three tries and one 3-point penalty kick, making three long runs through the Fort Collins defense to score.

Chris Gershon, Trey Gershon and Kody Fox each scored one try for the Gents. Men of the Match were Pretcrius for the forwards and Phillipe Gomez for the backs.

The Grand Gents play Saturday in Colorado Springs.

Youth Wrestling

Two Mesa County School District 51 middle school wrestlers placed in the Colorado Middle School State Championships last weekend in Denver.

Kolton Mayberry of Bookcliff took third place in the 152-pound weight class. Cody Lacy of Orchard Mesa placed fifth at 100 pounds. He took fourth last year.


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