Whiteley wins AAA Texas Fall Nationals

One Whiteley brought home a national title.

The other is still looking for her first national event victory.

Jim Whiteley of Grand Junction clinched the 2012 NHRA Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster points title with two more national events remaining this season.

Whiteley won the AAA Texas Fall Nationals on Sunday in Ennis, Texas. His wife, Annie Whiteley fell short of winning her first national event, reaching the semifinals in the Top Alcohol Funny Car class.

Jim Whiteley and his YNot Racing team qualified first with a 5.284 elapsed time at 271.02 mph in his second qualifying run.

In the first elimination round, Whiteley matched his qualifying time to beat Darvin Martinets in their first head-to-head matchup. Whiteley ran at 273.66 mph. He faced Lee Callaway for the first time in the second round and defeated him with a 5.277 run at 273.00 mph. Callaway run a 5.365 at 270.27.

In the semifinals, Monroe Guest jumped the start too quick, giving Whiteley the win. Whiteley ran a 5.318 at 272.28.

Whiteley met rival Chris Demke for the 12th time and second time in a final round. Demke came into the race with a chance to beat Whiteley for the national points title, but needed a victory.

Demke gave himself a chance with a 0.033 reaction time, but Whiteley caught up and passed him to win in 5.275 seconds at 271.68 mph.

Whiteley has 807 points with the victory. Demke is sitting at 690 and can’t catch up even if he wins the final two national races of the season.

Annie Whiteley reached the semifinals before her late starts caught up to her.

The rookie top alcohol funny car driver qualified fifth with a 5.620 elapsed time at 258.57 mph.

She had a slower reaction time than her opponent in the first and second round of eliminations, but hit the throttle in time to come back and win. Whiteley recorded a 5.558 run at 260.46 mph in her first-round win over Steve Burck (5.698 at 252.95).

She did it again in the second round, coming from behind to defeat Bryan Brown with a 5.589 at 259.16. Brown run a 5.759 at 251.44.

In the semifinals, Clint Thompson hit the throttle first with a 0.082 reaction time to win with a 5.597-second run at 258.67 mph. Whiteley’s 0.412 reaction time ended up costing her. She ran a 5.741 at 256.16.

Annie Whiteley is fourth in the national points race.


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