Whelen Motorsports

Keeping it Rolling in Manchester!

Backdraft •

Albany, NY-Backdraft was on a roll in the Times Union Center in Albany, sweeping the weekend's freestyle competition at the two-show event despite tons of last-minute changes. Once again, hard work prevailed, and young Jeremy Slifko and crew chief Mike Thompson were up to the challenge.

After the team's wreck in San Antonio's freestyle last week, adjustments were needed for the new truck, so the decision was made to bring the "old" Backdraft back for only the Albany show, and repair the new truck in the process. It turned out to be a great call, as Jeremy simply outclassed the field in freestyle.

"We want to make sure that the new truck gets the care it needs and is 100% for the rest of the season, so we gave it the week off and are getting right back on it for the next show in Indianapolis," said Jeremy. "I was happy to get some big wins and momentum, and the new Backdraft will be ready in time for Indy!"

Jeremy worked the track in Albany with precision, turning the small confines of a hockey rink into his personal playground. Big air, donuts, and plenty of momentum were the order of the day, and each night when the smoke cleared, Backdraft was the winner. Jeremy was quick to thank his sponsors and crew.

"I love being able to take home victories and support our team," said Jeremy. "All of the support we have is great, through good times and bad. Our goal this year is Las Vegas and the World Finals; otherwise, it isn't a successful season. I can't wait for this weekend!"

Indeed, Indianapolis can't come soon enough for a team on a mission, and we'll be here with all the details. Stay tuned!