When did you start racing?
I started racing my first Junior Dragster at 8 years of age.
What was your first car?
Every day car – a 2010 Chevrolet Colorado pick-up.
Race car – a 69′ Camaro that I still run in Top Sportsman today.
What is your favorite race car?
My 69′ Top Sportsman Camaro.
What kind of car do you drive off the track?
A black GMC Denali HD pick-up.
When you’re not racing, what do you do?
Working on the cars or the rig to get ready for the next event or test.
I work for my parents company, J&A Service, where I’m one of the field, equipment tech managers. I’ve been spending time working on my new home in Grand Junction, Colorado lately. I’m pretty involved with my church and I like working out or doing activities with my best buds in Colorado.
What is your 2nd favorite sport? (Racing is #1)
I love watching football (Broncos fan by default).
I also enjoy participating in trap shooting tournaments.
Who is your biggest influence on the race track?
I have always been my dad’s biggest fan. I would not be here today with his support and knowledge. I also look up to the Pro Stock guys like Greg Anderson. I don’t know any of them personally, but they’re machines and I have so much respect for them.
If you could drive any other race car – what kind would it be?
Pro Stock car, totally.
What is your most memorable race? Why?
At the age of 16, I attended my first divisional race in Great Bend, KS. I was runner-up. I was so upset for not getting the trophy yet, and I found a hunger for this sport and to succeed at it.
If your mom and dad raced each other – who would you cheer for? (TAD & Pro Mod Driver, Jim Whitely and TAFC Driver, Annie Whitely.)
That’s a really difficult question. My dad is my hero and I always do my best to put him on the trailer. Sometimes, I succeed, others times I’m on the trailer. I’d have to say I’d root for my mom because my dad is awesome and it’s such a task to take him out. Not that my mom is easy to go up against. She always puts me on the trailer. We are a family who is fortunate enough to enjoy the same sport. I would cheer mom to take the champ (my dad) out, but I would also have the biggest smile while standing in the center of the two lanes.