Team Castrol Pre-Race Package/Ashley
courtesy of Dave Densmore

For Immediate Release
National Points Leader's No. 1 Streak in Jeopardy

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. – Ashley Force's streak of consecutive No. 1 starts at Old
Bridge Township Raceway Park likely will end with this week's 36th annual K&N Filters
SuperNationals, but the 22-year-old still is hoping to get her first victory of the new
season when racing begins on Sunday.

Ms. Force, who was the quickest qualifier at last year's SuperNationals as well as at a Lucas Sportsman Series points race contested on the same track, has struggled this year at the wheel of the Castrol/Hot Wheels dragster she drives for Jerry Darien and Ken Meadows.

The car that won six times in 2004 and qualified No. 1 on seven occasions has been slowed, along with others in the class, by a rules change imposed by the NHRA which reduced the amount of nitromethane in the fuel mix.

Furthermore, Ashley's car has been plagued by a mysterious and stubborn engine glitch believed to be ignition-related.

"The car has been sluggish off the starting line," Ashley said, "and (then) it's as though I am getting on and off the throttle the entire way down the racetrack. It'll drop one cylinder, pick it back up and then drop another one or two. But it was better last week (in a second round loss at a points meet in Rusk, Texas)."

As a result of those problems, a virtually new race car will roll onto the Raceway Park quarter mile, the result of crew chief Darien having changed out virtually every component in the ignition and fuel systems.

The daughter of 13-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force, Ashley has been dividing her time between racing the Darien and Meadows dragster and acclimating herself to the cockpit of her father's national record-holding, 333 mile-an-hour Castrol GTX® Start Up® Ford Funny Car....

June 15, 2005

Funny Car Points Race Heats Up At Mopar Canadian Nationals

As summer sets in and the weather heats up, so does the race for
points towards the 2005 IHRA Funny Car Championship. The 6th Annual
Mopar Canadian Nationals proved to be as hot as the summer for the
Amalie Oil InstiGator, powered by TORCO Racing Fuels.

Although Grand Bend Canada usually enjoys temperatures in the
mid to low 70s, during the race teams were challenged to work with
temperatures nearing 100 degrees and with a corrected altitude exceeding
4000 feet.

Terry Mc Millen, pilot of the 1999 Dodge Avenger, narrowed the
points margin by defeating the defending world champion, Rob Atchison in
the first round. Mc Millen's semi-final appearance, coupled with a Mark
Thomas first round loss to Jim Sickles tightens up the points race for
the top four drivers leaving Mc Millen, Thomas, Sickles and Atchison
within roughly 2 elimination rounds of each other. "This is one of the
closest points races I can remember after 4 events", Mc Millen recalled.
"With less than 50 points between us, you can bank on the IHRA funny car
class being a battle to the end."

During elimination rounds the InstiGator car was equipped with a
SPEED TV "in-car camera" to catch all of the action. The show featuring
Mc Millen and his InstiGator will air on August 13th and again on August
15th at 4PM and 5PM respectively.

"Anytime that we get an opportunity to do these types of special
projects - we jump at the chance," explained Mc Millen. "The fans love
seeing what goes on inside the Amalie Oil InstiGator during the race. Of
course our sponsors love the attention it brings to the team. We've got
the best partners in the business. When you talk about quality, everyone
thinks of Amalie Oil, TORCO Racing Fuels, Flatout Gaskets, NGK Spark
Plugs, MSD, Performance Graphics, Powershield Coatings and Crane Cams.

The next race in the IHRA Hooters...
NHRA Super Comp Veteran to Debut at Home Town Racetrack

Contact: Duane Beers

Monroe Township, NJ: Two-time NHRA Division One Super Comp Champion Duane Beers will be making his hometown Top Alcohol Funny Car debut during the 36th Annual K & N Filters Supernationals to be held in Englishtown, NJ , June 16-19, 2005.

Driving for veteran Barry Ferriolo of Allentown, NJ in his Central Metals 2002 Chevrolet Camaro, Beers looks forward to repeating some of the many success’ he had while driving in the Super Comp class.

Beers, who retired from active competition after the 1995 racing season to devote time to His family and expanding auto repair business, looks forward to this latest challenge.

After returning to racing several seasons ago as a crewmember for various Top Fuel and Funny Car Teams, Beers knew it was time to get back behind the wheel.

“I’ve known Barry Ferriolo for several years and look forward to continuing my racing career with him.”

Stated Beers. “With the K & N Supernationals being one of the biggest drag races on the East Coast, I feel this is a great place for me to make my return to racing. I’m looking forward to a great season.”

For information call Duane Beers @ 732-213-1286
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Thacker Reaches the Semi-Finals in Joliet

The TORCO Racing Fuels Top Alcohol Dragster driven by Marty Thacker was in Joliet this past weekend for the CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals.

The Rapid Transit Racing Team, which has enjoyed much success here in the past including the first ever blown alcohol 270 mph pass and a win at the 2002 Jeg’s All-Stars event, was unfortunately ousted in the semi-finals in a BA/D champions showdown against David Wells.

The Team qualified #7 with a 5.49 at 262.74 mph. They then went on to win round one setting the low E.T. and top MPH of the round with a 5.44 at 264.29 mph. In the quarterfinals, Thacker continued to run well when he laid down a 5.47 at 262.79 mph to take the win light. Against David Wells in the semi-final round, Thacker was away first but was unable to hold on as the car slowed to a 5.52 at 258.42 mph.

"We started a new clutch program this year, and spent all the previous races trying to calm the car down to what the tracks would hold. Then we showed up at Route 66 and spent all weekend trying to catch up to what the track wanted thrown at it. I just never got there, and we cooked the clutch out of the car in the semifinals. You can't make mistakes like that when you’re competing against this caliber of competition. We've added this weekends runs to our database and will be better armed next time," said Thacker.

The next race for the Rapid Transit Racing Team will be in Stanton, Michigan at Mid-Michigan Motorplex on the weekend of July 4th.

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The Bruce Mullins Racing Team is looking forward to this years annual trip to e-town to hopefully turn around the season that has brought 2 dnq's on the divisional level. Ever since debuting the new car last fall ,luck has yet to show her pretty face. The new dodge avenger, from Precision Chassis is a nice piece ,but doesn't like the tune up from the old car. Hopefully with the help of a new fuel pump from Rage Racing Engines and along with the new sponsors, Engine Works, and Valco Cincinati , we can finally show what the car and team is capable of.
GRAND BEND, Ont. - Jim Sickles found his way back into the Funny Car Winner's Circle at this past weekend's Mopar Canadian Nationals in Grand Bend, Ont. A three-time winner
in '04, Sickles and his crew were struggling to figure out their clutch with little success thus
far. That all changed in Grand Bend.
Sickles defeated Fred Tigges in the final to claim his fourth career Ironman.
"We felt we could come out this season and do well, but we struggled this season," Sickles said.
"We were behind the eight-ball a little bit. We are a team that usually tries not to make any
mistakes and that strategy worked this weekend."


ROUND ONE -- Terry McMillen, Dodge Avenger, 6.108, 230.80 def. Rob Atchison, Pontiac Firebird,
11.215, 71.07; Frederick Tigges, Chevy Camaro, 5.902, 238.51 def. Thomas Carter, Camaro, 5.982,
235.76; Chris Foster, Avenger, 5.983, 236.01 def. Larry Dobbs, Chevy Corvette, 6.343, 179.44;
Jim Sickles, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.913, 238.76 def. Mark Thomas, Avenger, 5.931, 238.43;
SEMIFINALS -- Tigges, 5.891, 240.12 def. Foster, 5.951, 237.63; Sickles, 5.922, 239.44 def.
McMillen, 6.126, 224.77;
FINAL -- Sickles, 5.932, 239.31 def. Tigges, 8.093, 115.23.


Funny Car

1. Rob Atchison, 343; 2. Jim Sickles, 320; 3. Mark Thomas, 301; 4. Terry McMillen, 292; 5.
Chris Foster, 278; 6. Thomas Carter, 263; 7. Terry Munroe, 188; 8. Melinda Green-King, 156;
9. Frederick Tigges, 115; 10. Larry Dobbs, 96.
Conway Racing
media relations

For Immediate Release
June 14, 2005
Contact: Will Hanna/ Pro Race Communications

Torrence wins third straight in Rusk

RUSK, Texas - The hottest driver and team in Top Alcohol Dragster, Steve Torrence and Conway Racing, kept the heat turned up on the competition by taking their third straight win in as many weeks in winning this past weekend's NHRA Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Cherokee County Motorsports Park in Rusk, Texas. Torrence 'ran the table' in Tom Conway's A/Fuel Dragster, qualifying No. 1, running low elapsed time of every round and taking the win over Lee Callaway in the final.

The 22 year-old student from Kilgore, Texas, wheeled the Conway Racing A/Fuel Dragster to the No. 1 position in Friday's first qualifying attempt with a 5.513 second elapsed time at 255.58 mph. The team damaged a rear end on that run, and elected to sit out the remaining two qualifying sessions, but never missed a beat all weekend. In round one, Torrence dispatched Carl Magee with a low e.t. of the meet 5.477 at 257.87 mph to set the stage for a dual with current national points leader Ashley Force. Torrence and Conway proved too hot to handle as they defeated Force with a 5.555 at 255.05 mph. The round did not come without some shutdown area drama. After his victory, the parachutes did not deploy. Torrence did his best to stop the dragster without the aid of the parachutes, going about halfway into the sand trap at the end of the track.

In a great showing of drag racing's camaraderie, several teams came to Conway Racing's aid to help clean the massive buildup of sand throughout the car for the final. The team had the car ready with time to spare for their matchup with former Division 4 Champ Lee Callaway, the lone blown alcohol dragster in the field. Torrence extended his round win streak to ten straight rounds in defeating Callaway with a 5.511 at...
Callaway Racing
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For Immediate Release
June 14, 2005
Contact: Will Hanna/ Pro Race Communications

Callaway jumps back in the mix with Rusk runner-up

RUSK, Texas - Former NHRA Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Lee Callaway jumped back in the points battle with a runner-up finish at this past weekend's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Cherokee County Motorsports Park in Rusk, Texas. Callaway qualified third and reached the finals using the same consistency that won him the Division 4 Championship in 2002.

Callaway, from Baytown, Texas, qualified his Tom Conway and Stacy McLemore tuned dragster third in the field with a 5.611 at 254.57 mph. In round one, Callaway took out current Division 4 points leader Gene Snow for the second time this year with a 5.612 at 256.31 mph, and then defeated Karl Brounkowski with a 5.584 at 256.16 mph in the semifinals. In the final, Callaway took a large holeshot on Steve Torrence, but slowed to a 5.841 at 229.20 mph to Torrence's 5.511 at 256.94 mph.

"We're pretty happy with the weekend," said Callaway. "As much as we have fought this car for the past two seasons, it's finally starting to come around. We've changed everything in the clutch department, and we finally have the clutch acting right. It still needs some fine tuning, but it is running consistent again. Now we have something to go do battle with. It's a good thing because summer is here; its time for us to make up some ground with our blown car."

With one final round appearance to their credit now, Callaway and his team will try to put together another run reminiscent of their three back-to-back wins in the summer of 2002 that was a springboard to the Championship. With the next Division 4 race not scheduled until September, the team has their sights set on the upcoming Division 2 event in Montgomery, Ala., July 15-17.

"Montgomery is a day race in the middle of July,"...
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Snyder Finishes in the Joliet Quarterfinals

The Snyder Motorsports Top Alcohol Funny Car sponsored by TORCO Race Fuels finished the weekend in the quarterfinals for the third straight race.

The Team that was hoping to repeat their winning performance from last year’s fall event, came up a little short this past weekend. They began the weekend by qualifying #4 with a 5.75 at 248.71 mph. First round, the Team took the win light running a 5.77 at 289.72 mph. In second round they stepped up to a 5.70 at 250.97, but it wasn’t quite enough. Snyder crossed the finish line second by a .0105 margin (approximately 4 feet).

“We are disappointed we were not able to put things together and win this race, but we are very excited about some of the things that we learned about the car,” said Snyder.

“Each time we go down the track we gain more data, which we are using to improve. I know this is a good car and a great team, it is just a matter of time until the TORCO Race Fuels car is back in the winner’s circle.”

For the next few races on their schedule the Team will be shifting gears to participate in the North Central Lucas Oil Sportsman Series events. They will begin at Mid-Michigan Motorplex on the weekend of July 4th.

Snyder Motorsports Team would like to thank our major sponsor TORCO Racing Fuels and our associate sponsors Coan Converters, Design 500, Flatout Gaskets, Lencodrive Racing Transmissions, Long Printing, R & R Racing Products, Snyder Auto and Spitzer Race Cars for their continued support.

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Conway Racing
media relations

For Immediate Release
June 9, 2005
Contact: Will Hanna/ Pro Race Communications

Torrence looking to stay hot at home track

RUSK, Texas - Rookie NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Steve Torrence rolls into his home track, Cherokee County Motorsports Park in Rusk, Texas, the hottest driver on the Lucas Oil tour for this weekend's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event there. Torrence has been on a tear driving the Conway Racing A/Fuel Dragster, reaching the finals of his first event only three weeks ago, and winning his last two events in that span, including the O'Reilly Summer Nationals in Topeka, Kan.

Torrence, the 22 year old student from Kilgore, Texas, is living the dream all rookies aspire to, yet few attain - winning right off the bat. His success is in large part to car owner/tuner Tom Conway, a former two-time World Champion and eight time Division 4 Champion.

"I just hope nobody runs into me or pinches me; I'm afraid I'll wake up," said Torrence. "This is really a dream come true, to be able to do this well right off the bat. It's really all Tom and the team - the car they give me is just awesome. The pressure is really on me, because if the car doesn't win, it's really nobody's fault but my own. The car is that good. It's definitely a good feeling to have when you go to the line like that. This is our home race, so we really hope to do well out here and keep the roll going."

Despite the success, the team still has heavy hearts. Following Shelly Howard's tragic fatal accident three months ago, Conway, who tuned Howard for many years, purchased the entire operation from Howard's husband, Paul. The team, which remains in tact, cites their motivation from the fact they know Shelly would have adamantly wanted them to continue racing. Including the Division 4 opener in Houston which Shelly won, the car has reached the finals of every event it has entered...