Whiteleys eyeing more wins at Texas Fall Nationals
It could be a weekend to remember for NHRA drag racers Jim and Annie Whiteley.
Jim Whiteley can wrap up the NHRA Top Alcohol national championship with a win in this weekend’s AAA Texas Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex, just south of Dallas in Ennis, Texas.
The Grand Junction YNot Racing team driver has a 117-point lead over Chris Demke and 118-point lead over Bill Reichert, who are expected to race this weekend. Demke and Reichert must win their final three national events to overtake Whiteley for the national title.
“We have had some success at Dallas,” Jim Whiteley said in a news release. “It looks like it will be good weather for everyone. We just need to do a good job and have a little luck on our side. We are sitting good at the moment points-wise, but it’s definitely not over yet.
“Demke, Reichert and some other fast cars will be there trying to win just as hard as us. We will have to be on our game, because they will be on theirs.”
Qualifying begins today for the alcohol cars with two sessions, followed by one final session Saturday afternoon. Eliminations begin Saturday evening with Round 1, and final eliminations will conclude the event Sunday.
Annie Whiteley, Jim’s wife, is looking for her first national event victory at the AAA Texas Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.
A Texas native, she will get that opportunity in front of family.
“We always have a lot of family with us at the Dallas race,” Annie Whiteley said in a news release. “We would love to get our first win with my mom and the rest of the family on hand.”
The Top Alcohol Funny Car driver reached her first national event final earlier this summer at the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Minn.
She clinched the Western Region Championship with her fourth regional win last weekend in Woodburn, Ore.
“Winning the regional championship in my first year is pretty awesome,” she said. “If we could get a national event win this year, that would really be something. Jim has done well over the years here, and I ran my first 5.60 in testing at this track last year, so I’m really looking forward to it.”