Current NHRA Points

Top Alcohol Dragster
Point Standings
Position Driver Points N/D
01 Ashley Force 475 6/5
02 Randy Meyer 406 3/4
03 Chris Demke 381 3/3
04 Gene Snow 346 3/5
05 Aaron Olivarez 315 5/4
06 Duane Shields 274 4/3
07 Jeff Wilson 239 4/2
08 Edwin Schmeeckle 238 3/3
09 Robert Perkins 234 2/3
09 James Thompson Jr 234 2/4
09 Steve Torrence 234 1/2
12 Darryl Hitchman 231 4/3
13 Steve Federlin 229 3/1
14 Bill Reichert 185 2/2
15 Ben Harper 169 2/3
16 Arthur Allen 158 2/1
17 Lee Callaway 149 1/3
17 Hillary Will 149 2/0
19 Guy Kelly 148 2/1
19 Rich McPhillips 148 2/1
21 Richard Bourke 147 2/1
22 Brandon Pierce 126 1/4
23 Jeff Bohr 125 1/2
23 Dan Mercier 125 1/2
25 Karl Brounkowski 116 1/3
26 Mike Austin 115 2/2
26 Todd Datweiler 115 0/2
26 Larry Miersch 115 2/3
29 Arthur Gallant 114 3/1
29 Ken Perry 114 1/2
29 Robin Samsel 114 3/2
32 Karen Benkovich 106 2/1
32 Joey Severance 106 2/0
32 David Wells 106 1/2
35 Dave Hirata 95 1/1
36 Mark Albert 94 2/1
36 Kevin Brown 94 2/2
38 Johnny Ahten 93 2/3
39 Richard Putz 86 0/2
40 Shelly Howard 85 0/1
41 Jeff Veale 84 1/2
42 Jared Dreher 83 2/1
42 Dick Garlets 83 2/2
42 Carl Magee 83 1/3
42 Marty Thacker 83 2/1
46 Jeff Hamelink 74 0/3
47 Jack Beckman 73 2/1
47 Scott Murray 73 2/1
49 Mark Niver 72 2/3
50 Michael Gunderson 53 1/0

Top Alcohol Funny Car
Point Standings
Position Driver Points N/D
01 Jay Payne 371 6/1
02 Jackie Stidham 367 2/5
03 Steve Gasparrelli 308 2/3
03 Jimmy Jones 308 1/4
05 Tate Branch 307 3/3
06 Bob Newberry 266 3/1
07 Frank Manzo 233 3/1
07 Dennis Taylor 233 2/3
09 Steve Burck 214 1/4
10 Doug Gordon 212 3/3
11 Danny Townsend 200 3/1
12 Cy Chesterman 189 4/1
13 Brandon Lewis 170 0/5
14 Mick Snyder 169 3/1
15 Larry Miner 160 1/2
16 Mark Billington 159 2/1
16 David Ray 159 2/1
18 Vern Moats 158 3/1
19 Johann Wernhart 147 2/3
20 Richard Mc... Dodge Stratus

NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car

For Immediate Release: June 1, 2005

A Skate In The Park…

Milford, Michigan – Frank Parker brought a happy crew home from the May 29th 17th Annual O’Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals, in Topeka, Kansas. Their Dodge Stratus Top Alcohol Funny Car ran flawlessly and they had a good time – in spite of being eliminated in the second round.

“We had a great weekend going,” said Parker. “Danny had his sights locked on the win and the car was capable of getting it for him. We just ended up a little short on luck.”

With one qualifying round lost to rain, Townsend and Parker had only two runs to work out the right tune-up for the track. In his typically consistent manner, Townsend put together two nearly identical passes, 5.764 at 252.90 and 5.763 at 251056, to qualify the Dodge Stratus third. In round one of eliminations, on Saturday evening, Townsend left .044 ahead of Bruce Carlson’s Firebird and turned another nearly identical run of 5.761 at 251.72 for the win.

Sunday morning started off with signs that good things were going to happen… Frank Parker, team owner, won the Drag Racing Association of Women’s 50-50 raffle. He promptly donated the money back to DRAW in the name of his sponsor, Meanwhile, back at the “ranch,” the Kansas Bikini Team headed up an impromptu pep rally for driver Danny Townsend. With the bikini team’s help, Townsend handed out over a thousand of his hero cards, then reluctantly tore himself away from the unusually large crowd of fans and saddled up for the second round of TAFC eliminations.

The second round pitted the Stratus against Jackie Stidham’s Camaro. Townsend had another great light and jumped ahead of Stidham. Then, both cars started to skate on the Heartland Park track. Rather than good things coming to pass, as it seemed they would in the morning, Stidham came to pass...
Team Castrol Pre-Race Package/Ashley
courtesy of Mandie Yorio

For Immediate Release
Force, Snow Locked in Battle for Division 4 Title

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – They're racing this week for the Top Alcohol Dragster
championship at the TCI Sportsman Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park, but Gene
Snow and Ashley Force also share a Funny Car connection.

Funny Cars were a big part of Snow's past, he being one of the categories original super stars, and, based on Monday's initial orientation session, they are likely to become a big part of Ashley's future.

Ms. Force, the 22-year-old daughter of 13-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force, warmed up her father's 8,000 horsepower Castrol GTX® Start Up® Ford Mustang, executed a burnout and made a launch in a closed test session Monday at Heartland Park-Topeka.

It was the first in a planned series of Monday orientations that will continue this season and into next. Ashley is likely to move up in classification in 2007.

In the meantime, the former high school cheerleader will continue to drive the Castrol/Hot Wheels dragster for car owners Jerry Darien and Ken Meadows and continue to duel with Snow not just for the South Central Division championship, but for a national Lucas Sportsman title.

A graduate of California State University-Fullerton where she majored in
communications, Ashley rolls into MMP as both the national and divisional points leader. Snow, the Fort Worth businessman who has won NHRA national events in four different racing categories, is close behind in both races.

Although she is in only her second season of full-time racing, Ashley already has
won three NHRA national events including the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, Ind., a race in which she reached the winners' circle for the first time 39 years after Snow accomplished the same feat.

In addition to her Indy success, she...
TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2005


Memphis, TN -- Brandon Pierce and the Sooner One Motorsports team will return to racing at Memphis Motorsports Park for the Division 4 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, June 2-4. Following an impressive performance at Red River Raceway in Shreveport, La., where Pierce qualified #2 with a 5.59-second pass at 254.42 mph, they are hoping to improve on their semi-final finish.

In Round 1, Pierce ran 5.64 at 256.16 mph to defeat the defending Division 4 champion, Ashley Force. In Round 2, Pierce experienced fuel system problems at the starting line and made the decision to shut off the car, giving Gene Snow the bye run.

The 28-year old is a seasoned driver with more than eleven years of experience in Super Gas, Super Comp and Super Street classes. As a competitor in Oklahoma, he won several track championships and became a well-known bracket racer. In 2003, he advanced to the Top Alcohol Dragster class, and had several respectable qualifying efforts that year. The team has gained a great deal of experience within the past two years and is now running consistently with the help of tuner, Tom Conway.

Last year, Pierce was ranked #10 in the Top Guns of 2004 for Top Alcohol Dragster, which recognizes the best reaction times for the class. He currently resides in Glendora, Calif.

The Sooner One Motorsports team includes crew chief Tippy Pierce and clutch specialist Mike Taylor, James Pruett, Brian Peck, Tyrone Emmonds, David Benson and Steve Powell. The team is sponsored by Sooner Cabinet & Trim, AutoZone, Red Rock Racing Fuel Specialists, and Xtreme Graffix & Designz.

What may well be one of the longest-standing records in British Drag Racing
was not so much broken as shattered at Round One of the 2005 FIA Drag
Racing championships, held at Santa Pod Raceway over the weekend.

Trevor Capewell, from Dartford in Kent, England, broke the British Top
Methanol Funny Car record by a huge (in drag racing terms) 0.125 seconds,
recording an ET of 6.005 seconds at 236.88 mph. This is only Trevor's
second season in Top Methanol, after a long time campaigning a Super Comp
car. He bought the Saab bodied TMFC from Leif Helander and has quickly
proven himself to be a capable tuner and driver of blown methanol cars.

The previous record was set by Alan Jackson, now a highly-acclaimed crew
chief on several Top Fuel cars, at 6.13 seconds back in August 1996 at what
was then called Avon Park Raceway, near Stratford-on-Avon. He promised to
"dust the cobwebs off the certificate and hand it over as soon as I can
remember where I put it !".


David Alexander
Towcester, Northamptonshire, England

Competition Co-ordinator - MSA British Drag Racing Championship
Founder member, European Top Methanol Racers Association
Stephanie Milam became the fastest British woman ever in Drag Racing last
Sunday, recording a top-end mph of 238.09 in qualifying for Round One of
the 2005 FIA Drag Racing championships, held at Santa Pod Raceway over the

Milam, who is manageress of a Travel Agents, from Crowborough in Sussex,
England, piloted her Dodge Avenger bodied Top Methanol Funny Car to a speed
that sees her take the record from Roz Prior, who set it at 229 mph back in
1983 while Driving the "Maiden Warrior" fuel dragster.

"It's great to have one end of the record" said Milam, "All I need now is
to beat her 6.205 to take the ET part of it as well". Crew Chief and
husband Dave Milam observed that the mph indicated that the car was easily
capable and there was plenty of power to do it. The Milams have campaigned
a series of 'She-Devil' cars since 1980, moving up to Top Methanol in 2000.
They took the brave decision to have a year out in 2004 to rebuild the car
and engine to be as good as any in Europe - PSI blower, the whole 9 yards.
That seems to be paying off, as they have set a whole series of personal
bests so far this year.

"We would like to be the first British Top Methanol Funny Car into the
fives" commented Dave "but Trevor Capewell is giving us a very good run for
our money !"


David Alexander
Towcester, Northamptonshire, England

Competition Co-ordinator - MSA British Drag Racing Championship
Founder member, European Top Methanol Racers Association
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IHRA Director of Public Relations

Rob Atchison Continues Early Season Dominance in Funny Car at the ACDelco Nationals presented by the Richmond Times Dispatch

The long Memorial Day weekend saw some great racing action at the 5th Annual ACDelco Nationals presented by the Richmond Times Dispatch. Funny Car saw Rob Atchison overtake Mark Thomas for the points lead as he took home his second win of the season.

In Funny Car, Atchison, from London, Ont., took home his second victory of the season against a familiar foe—Terry McMillen from Elkhart, Ind. The two had met in the final at the season opening Amalie Oil Texas Nationals presented by Ancira Cars, Trucks and RVs and the San Antonio Express News. The outcome was the same as the first race as Atchison clocked a pass of 5.881 seconds at 238.34 mph to McMillen’s 6.062 seconds at 235.35 mph. Atchison left Virginia Motorsports Park with a 48 point lead over second place Mark Thomas.

The next stop on the Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series is the Mopar Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol, June 10-12 at Grand Bend Motorplex.

The current IHRA points standings (wins in parentheses):

Funny Car
1. Rob Atchison (2) 292

2. Mark Thomas (1) 244

3. Terry McMillen 213

4. Thomas Carter 203

5. Jim Sickles 197

6. Chris Foster 194

7. Terry Munroe 168

8. Melinda Green King 156

9. Mark Poyser 94

10. Tony Bogolo 64
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Snyder Has Second Straight Quarterfinal Finish

The Mick Snyder driven Top Alcohol Funny Car sponsored by TORCO Race Fuels participated in the Topeka O’Reilly Summer Nationals over this past Memorial Day weekend.

The Team began the weekend a little off pace of the pack due to technical issues but continued to get quicker every pass down the track. By eliminations they were right were they needed to be. After winning first round with a 5.77 at 247.02 mph, Snyder was ousted in round two when he ran a 5.76 at 247.07 mph.

“We continued to get quicker each pass this weekend,” said Snyder. “In the second round when everyone else slowed down a little we were still getting better. We are looking forward to going to Joliet in a couple of weeks.”

The Team heads back to DeMotte, Indiana to get ready for their next event, the CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals in Joliet, Illinois. It is the first time Snyder will be returning to the site where he captured his first National Event win last fall.

The CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals will be held in Joliet, Illinois June 9th through the 12th.

Snyder is featured in this weeks National Dragster with the Sportsman Scrapbook. You can check out pictures of some of the events the Team encountered at the Atlanta Summit Racing Equipment Summer Nationals earlier this month.

Once again, the 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.

Please visit the Snyder Motorsports official website at

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Has anyone heard how he is doing after the fire at Red River? Who was the team member that was burned also? Are they both still in the hospital?
If so where, we would like to contact them. Anyone have any specifics on what happened?

Thanks, Angie Copeland and team
does any one know what happen to
Frank Manzo