Whiteley wins for 5th straight year at Bandimere

The win streak continues.

Jim Whiteley of Grand Junction won the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Top Alcohol ‘Thunder on the Mountain” Central Regional last weekend at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison.

It was Whiteley’s fifth consecutive victory at the track just outside of Denver.

The NHRA Division 7 champion qualified his Norm Grimes-tuned blown-alcohol dragster on top of the field with a 5.474-second elapsed time at a track-record speed of 265.27 mph. He defeated Ed Schmeekle in the final. Whiteley ran a 5.566-second elapsed time at 261.12 mph. Schmeekle ran 5.776 elapsed time at 249.49 mph.

“It was a great race, and we love racing here,” Whiteley said in a news release. “It was a packed house on Sunday. John Bandimere and his team do a great job of promoting this race.

“It was pretty windy and warmed up on Sunday, but Norm and his guys did a great job of adjusting for the conditions. Ed ran well and gave us a good race in the final. It’s unfortunate there was only five cars here this weekend. This is such a great facility, and they treat you so well here. If more racers would give this race a shot, I’m sure they would come back every year.”

Whiteley moved into a tie for first in the national standings along with first place in the Central Region.

He is scheduled to race this weekend in the Tulsa, Okla., Central Regional event.

“We would really like to do well in Tulsa,” Whiteley said. “With the new points structure for national points, you can only claim three regional events. We have two wins now, so if we can pick up one more, we will have that column maxed out, and we can focus on national events. For whatever reason we haven’t fared well in Tulsa in the past, so hopefully we can put that behind us this weekend.”


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