Makes Business Happen as MWDRS Presenting Sponsor
GRAND JUNCTION, CO (Jan. 14, 2021) -- After joining the
Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series (MWDRS)
last July as the Tulsa-based organization's presenting
sponsor and title rights holder to its then-new Top
Alcohol Funny Car class, J&A Service, an oilfield
equipment specialist based in Grand Junction, CO, is
returning this year to MWDRS in those same capacities.
J&A Service co-owners Jim and wife Annie Whiteley also
will continue to compete in the all-eighth-mile MWDRS,
with Jim and son Steven Whiteley in Pro Mod, while Annie
will race with the Funny Car crowd.
"We come from an NHRA background, so we really liked the
aspect of just having another venue to go run, especially
for the Top Alcohol Funny Cars," Jim Whiteley said. "We're
used to racing the quarter (mile), but even running the
eighth it gives us another window to learn. Anytime you
can make your car better at the half, it'll make it that
much better in the back half. So it helps your tune and
makes you go out there and get after it pretty hard."
Beyond the on-track benefits, though, Whiteley said
perhaps an even more important factor for J&A Service is
the corporate hosting opportunities the Mid-West Drag
Racing Series provides.
"We use the J&A Racing side of the business to bring
clients out from all over the U.S., virtually to every
race we have," Whiteley explained. "My sales people, I
challenge them to bring as many folks as they can per
race. We always try to have somebody with us, and you
know, it does wonders. It's a relaxed atmosphere, they can
get up close to the cars, and they just enjoy themselves,
have a good time.
"And a lot of that has to do with the people at the
Mid-West Series who go out of their way to make it work.
Anything we need to make things happen, they're more than
gracious enough to help us out. It's just been a
wonderful, wonderful sales tool for us and I feel like
we've been real fortunate to be there."
After four MWDRS events for the Funny Cars last season,
California's Sean Bellemeur emerged as the first-ever
Mid-West Series TAFC world champion. Whiteley said he
expects Bellemeur to return for a title defense, but hopes
for even more competitors to show up for this year's
eight-race MWDRS schedule.
"Anytime you start something like this, it takes a little
time for it to take the full swing and gain some serious
movement. You know, we normally had a full field of eight
cars last year, and it was real cool since you had four or
five of the top players here at all four races, which made
for some great racing," he said. "But I really feel that
we're going to have more this time around, hopefully 12,
13, 14 of them at each race."
The 2021 season for the Summit Racing Mid-West Drag Racing
Series presented by J&A Service opens Mar. 19-20, at
Xtreme Raceway Park in Ferris, TX. Additional stops at
Belle Rose, LA; Tulsa, OK (twice); Houston, TX; Great
Bend, KS; and Martin, MI, will follow, with a return to
Ferris in October for the 2021 season finale.
"Everyone with the Mid-West Drag Racing Series really did
a wonderful job, ran great events, treated us with utmost
respect, and we all had just a great time racing there
last year," Whiteley concluded. "I'm really looking
forward to doing the full season with everyone this year."
ABOUT J&A SERVICE
J&A Service–parent company of Precision Service
Equipment–is a privately owned firm in Grand Junction, CO,
with more than 25 years of oilfield experience. With
nearly 300 employees operating in 10 states, J&A is an
established leader in flowback and oilfield production.
Through strategic partnerships forged from years working
with top individuals and companies, J&A Service designs
and fields custom flowback equipment to solve the most
challenging problems for the most demanding oilfield
ABOUT THE SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT MID-WEST PRO MOD SERIES:
The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series is
an all-eighth-mile, no-profit organization funded entirely
through marketing partnerships and passed along to benefit
MWDRS host tracks (typically about $10,000). The Mid-West
Drag Racing Series also provides trackside sponsor banners
to be displayed at each event, on-site PA sponsor
announcements, and links to each company on the MWDRS
website (www.MidWestDragRacingSeries.com), plus an
extensive social-media presence, texts and e-mail blasts,
and commercials during all events. Complete class rules
are posted on the MWDRS website.