Funny Car

1. Mark Thomas 199
2. Rob Atchison 166
3. Chris Foster 132
4. Thomas Carter 120
5. Terry McMillen 113
Jim Sickles 113
7. Terry Munroe 112
8. Melinda Green-King 97
9. Mark Poyser 89
10. Tony Bogolo 59
11. Trevor Lebsack 30
12. Jeff Burnett 25
13. Burl Brown 15
Larry Dobbs 15
Bill Naves 15
Dan Roman 15
John Sullivan 15
Chris Holley sucessfuly completed his top alcohol license runs at Houston Raceway Park on Saturday
April 23, 2005 in the Holley & Woosley a-fuel dragster. He will be making his first competetion apperance at the Division 4 Ennis race on the 29th of the month.



Coming off their first national event victory in Las Vegas, Girl Power Racing and driver Hillary Will, head to Pacific Raceway in Seattle to try for a repeat performance. The team will compete at the Bucky's Muffler, Radiator, and Brake Centers Fire, Smoke, & Thunder Nationals April 23rd and 24th.

Spectators will be able to catch a glimpse of what is to come this season in the Division six Pacific Northwest, home of the top blown alcohol dragsters in the country. Fans may also have the chance to see a re-match from the Las Vegas final race between Will, 25 of Scotia California and former divsion six champion, Joey Severance. It will be a show down with all the heavy hitters on hand including current division six champion Steve Federlin. The Girl Power Racing tuner, seventeen–time national event winner, and Northwest hall of famer, Bucky Austin, will also be racing his top alcohol funny car.

Qualifying begins on Saturday April 23 and continues to Sunday. The top two cars will square off in the final round for the Chicago-style match race.

Torco Race Fuels Motorsports
Wilson Racing
media relations

For Immediate Release April 21, 2005
Contact: Mark Rowe / Wilson Racing

Wilson Racing falls short in fastest side-by-side run, but gains ironclad support!

Indianapolis, IN. - This past weekend's NHRA / Lucus Oil Division event at the Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Indiana was the 1st Division 3 Event this year for the NHRA / Lucas Oil Division 3 Torco Race Fuels / Wilson Racing Top Alcohol Dragster Team.

Wilson, from Winfield, Mo., was pleased after qualifying 5th in the hottest weather conditions of the year to date." We have always talked about how important qualifying is and this past weekend was the perfect example. We lost first round in the quickest side-by side run during all of elimination's. We didn't expect the temperatures to be that hot this time of the year and we just missed the tune-up, but not by much.". stated Wilson.

"We are very happy to have left the event still in the points lead. This class is getting tougher each and every race and as I have said many times before, we need to be able to step it up every race." stated Wilson "We have a fairly young team that is working together very well, not to mention they all get along and have fun all at the same time. We are running consistently in the 5.40's and it is only a matter of time before we find the right combination to run consistently in the 5.30's ".

Wilson Racing is pleased to announce additional support for his Team. The Iron Clad Glove Company has signed as a sponsor for the remainder of the year. "We are excited to have Iron Clad involved with our Team and considering our crew uses several different types of their products, it makes for a good partnership. They have so many different types and styles it makes it really easy to find and fit each member of our crew with the necessary protection they need to do the job both... Dodge Stratus

NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car

For Immediate Release:

April 19, 2005

In The Winners Circle…

Clermont, Indiana – The Dodge Stratus Top Alcohol Funny Car, driven by Danny Townsend, chalked up a dominating win at Indianapolis Raceway Park, April 17. After only two qualifying runs, the car had a padlock on top qualifier honors, low elapsed time and top speed at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series North Central Division event. On Sunday evening, Frank Parker, team owner, was answering his cell phone “Winners Circle, how may I help you?”

This was a complete turn-around from the car’s NHRA season debut, a month earlier, where it went out in the first round. Parker commented on that… “We were really excited about joining our team and were looking forward to making a good first impression. But the car still had some wrapping paper on it and we had no time for testing.” The three runs in Gainesville were enough to steer Parker’s crew in the right direction.

The Dodge Stratus is the first in TAFC to use a true “nitro” body, not an adaptation, and a McKinney alcohol chassis, purpose-built for the body. “I was disappointed, in Gainesville,” said Townsend, “but I could feel potential in the car. Here, our second qualifying run was right down Broadway, in the heat of the day, at a 5.708 and 253.99.” With that, Townsend strapped in, put a huge chunk of that potential on the pavement and ran away with the first round – in spite of the engine shutting down just before the lights. A piston and bent valve were changed and the car moved back into the staging lanes. Round two was a repeat – advantage, engine problem, win – but this time the engine problem was terminal.

With time till the final round winding down, Mick Snyder’s Torco Fuels crew pitched in to help get the Dodge Stratus up and running. Watching a complete engine rebuild, between the semi and final rounds, is a bit like...
Bar's Leaks Motorsports
Branch-Etterman Racing
media relations

For Immediate Release
April 20, 2005
Contact: Will Hanna/ Pro Race Communications

Branch misses win by .001 in Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Many times over the past few years, NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Tate Branch has been referred to as the 'best driver in Top Alcohol Funny Car not to have won a national event.' During this past weekend's Nationals at 'The Strip' in Las Vegas, Branch and the Bar's Leaks Repair It/ Branch-Etterman Racing team came just .001 of a second away from losing that title when Branch left .001 of a second too soon, giving his opponent Steve Gasparrelli the final round victory.

Branch, from Artesia, N.M., qualified his Dave Scheelk tuned Camaro tenth in the tough field with a 5.775 second elapsed time at 247.07 mph. In round one, he used a 5.803 at 247.47 mph to defeat Hank Coolidge and then a 5.830 at 245.72 mph to take out Bernie Harrington. After that round Scheelk found a problem in the tune-up that turned immediate results by dispatching Larry Miner in the semifinals with a 5.718 at 253.66 mph.

In his final round bout with Gasparrelli, Branch reacted just .001 of a second too soon, redlighting away a 5.750 at 253.61 mph. Gasparrelli ran a quicker 5.732 at 251.81, but had a much later .072 reaction time. Had Branch cut a perfect light (.000) he could have ran as slow as a 5.804 and won.

"I'm really disappointed I let the team down by redlighting," said Branch. "Dave [Scheelk], George [Etterman] and the team gave me a great hot rod. I don't really know why I redlighted. I was cutting good lights all day, then that light in the final. Maybe I rolled in a touch deeper. I've relived the run a 1000 times since Sunday, but I'm putting it behind me now. We're looking at it in a positive light. To make the finals after qualifying tenth in that field was really something. After the...
Top Alcohol Dragster
Point Standings
Position Driver Points N/D
01 Ashley Force 315 4/2
02 Chris Demke 232 2/2
03 Aaron Olivarez 231 4/2
04 Duane Shields 211 3/2
05 Jeff Wilson 208 3/2
06 Steve Federlin 176 2/1
07 Robert Perkins 170 2/2
08 Edwin Schmeeckle 164 2/2
09 Hillary Will 149 2/0
10 Randy Meyer 146 2/1
11 Ben Harper 137 2/2
12 Arthur Allen 116 1/1
13 Mike Austin 115 2/2
14 Guy Kelly 106 1/1
14 Joey Severance 106 2/0
16 Darryl Hitchman 105 2/1
17 Dave Hirata 95 1/1
18 Todd Datweiler 85 0/1
18 Shelly Howard 85 0/1
20 Larry Miersch 83 2/2
20 Gene Snow 83 2/1
22 Karl Brounkowski 74 1/1
22 Ken Perry 74 1/1
22 Bill Reichert 74 1/1
22 Jeff Veale 74 1/1
26 Jack Beckman 73 2/1
26 Arthur Gallant 73 2/0
28 James Thompson Jr 63 1/1
29 Mark Niver 62 2/2
30 Johnny Ahten 61 2/2
30 Dan Mercier 61 1/1
32 Michael Gunderson 53 1/0
33 Jon Capps 52 2/0
33 Jeffrey Isbell 52 1/1
33 Robin Samsel 52 1/2
36 Kevin Brown 51 2/1
37 Jeff Bohr 43 0/1
37 William Zivkovich 43 0/1
39 Dick Garlets 42 0/2
39 Ron Griffis 42 1/1
39 Randy Johnson 42 1/0
42 Vitali Kazakevich 41 1/1
42 Carl Magee 41 1/1
42 Brandon Pierce 41 1/1
42 Greg Tacke 41 2/0
46 Wayne Morris 40 1/1
47 Don Fiorelli 32 0/1
47 Clifford Whitley 32 0/1
49 Mark Albert 31 1/0
49 Richard Bourke 31 1/0

Top Alcohol Funny Car
Point Standings
Position Driver Points N/D
01 Jay Payne 264 4/1
02 Steve Gasparrelli 244 2/2
03 Tate Branch 233 3/1
04 Dennis Taylor 190 2/2
05 Bob Newberry 149 2/0
06 Mark Billington 128 1/1
07 Doug Gordon 127 2/2
07 David Ray 127 2/0
09 Larry Miner 117 1/1
10 Frank Manzo 116 2/0
10 Danny Townsend 116 1/1
12 Cy Chesterman 115 3/0
12 Johann Wernhart 115 2/2
14 Bret Williamson 105 2/2
15 Mark Woznichak 104 2/2
16 Brian Hough 95 2/0
17 Shawn Jones 93 2/1
18 Mick Snyder 85 1/1
18 Jackie Stidham 85 1/1
20 Ron August Jr 84 2/0
21 Steve...
Plumbing Concepts Racing
Accelerated Motorsports
Media Relations

For Immediate Release April 17, 2005
Contact: Randy Fish

Tough Conditions in the Desert

ANAHEIM, CA — The desert southwest once again provided a host of challenges for Dennis Taylor’s Plumbing Concepts Team during the NHRA Nationals. The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway played host to hot temperatures and single-digit humidity with nothing but a blazing sun to heat the racing surface. In spite of it all, the Plumbing Concepts Top Alcohol Funny Car blasted through qualifying in fine fashion. Friday’s attempts painted a picture of consistency, as Dennis posted a 5.79 second run at 246.80 mph and a 5.74 at 248.52. That was quite an accomplishment, as track temperatures soared to almost 130 degrees.

The desert dished up even more heat on Saturday, as the air temperature rose into the upper 80s. After checking his weather instruments before the last qualifying session, Crew Chief Ora Vasquez noted, “It’ll be difficult to go any quicker today.” As a result, the final qualifying shot produced a safe 5.81 at 245.27. The ultimate plan seemed to come together, as the Plumbing Concepts Camaro ended up in the number six position when qualifying wrapped up. Analyzing the progress on Saturday afternoon, Dennis said, “We’re very pleased with our consistency and being in the top half of the field shows we’re in the game. This is an extremely tough group of cars here. Even the guys who missed the cut are all serious contenders at every race they enter.”

It was early evening when the Top Alcohol Dragsters kicked off eliminations, leaving the Funny Cars to run in slightly cooler air while the blistering track temperature also began to level off. Taylor was in the third pair of Alcohol Funny Cars, as defending Lucas Oil Series Champion Cy Chesterman and strong runner Tate Branch both advanced in...
Girl Power Racing scores first ever national event win at the NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas. The team is off to a strong start this season winning seven out of eight rounds contested. They have also qualified on the pole for two out of two races this year.

The dragster was strong through qualifying and four rounds of competition. The Bucky Austin-tuned Girl Power dragster ran low 5.40’s all weekend. They had the lowest ET and top speed of the entire Top Alcohol field. “I think everyone was a little surprised when we ran nearly 267 MPH in the heat of the day when the corrected altitude was 4800 ft.” Will also noted that the Red Line Oil that they use allows them to consistently turn high speeds without hurting any parts.

The key race came in the final round when they paired up against Joey Severance. “I know that the Severance team is tough and Joey is a good driver. We had no margin for error.” In front of a capacity crown the Girl Power Dragster took the stripe by about a car length and a half.

“I pulled up to the starting line and there were so many people. My crew had done their job and it was my turn to do mine. I love pressure situations; I have to stay focused and just do my job.”

Legendary drag racer Paula Murphy was with the Girl Power Team from start to finish. Murphy is a mentor and an inspiration to Will.

Will’s first win came at the same event that racing legend and team owner Don Prudhomme scored his 100th career win. “We only need 99 more wins and we will tie Prudhomme.”
Mc Millen's Amalie Oil InstiGator Teams Up With NAPA At The "Rock"

Rockingham, NC - Terry Mc Millen and the Amalie Oil InstiGator Funny Car will team up with area Carolina NAPA dealers at IHRAs 35th Annual Spring Nationals contested April 22-24 at the Rockingham Dragway. Currently second in the IHRA Hooters Racing Series points race, Mc Millen, an IHRA fan favorite will be available to meet fans and sign autographs while the InstiGator funny car is on display from 10:00AM - 5:00PM this Thursday (April 21) at Barnes Motor & Parts Company in Rockingham. Barnes Motor & Parts Company is located at 728 East Broad Avenue.

"We had a lot of fun and success with this program in San Antonio," stated Mc Millen. "NAPA is quality parts and service and Amalie is 'better than it has to be'. I know I can find Amalie Oil for my car at area Carolina NAPA Auto Car Centers in Charlotte and High Point North Carolina and Columbia South Carolina." The InstiGator team is expecting over 300 NAPA associates at the Rockingham Dragway.

Last year, Mc Millen qualified sixth at "The ROCK" and raced to a semi final appearance at an event that saw three world records reset. "This may be the fastest racing surface we'll see all year," explained Mc Millen. "We're certainly excited about all of the NAPA folks that will be present to see this great race."

Mc Millen added, "Our success can be contributed to the outstanding help from companies like Amalie Oil, Torco Race Fuels, Flatout Gaskets, NGK Spark Plugs, MSD, Vintage Trailers, Performance Graphics, Powershield Coatings and Crane Cams, we couldn't do this without them."

Terry Mc Millen is a veteran IHRA driver. He and his wife Rhonda are team owners of Hoosier Thunder Motorsports, a multi-car drag racing team based in Elkhart, IN. Mc Millen, a fan favorite in the Hooters IHRA Drag Racing series, competes in the 12 IHRA events contested in the US and Canada. Terry and the InstiGator Funny Car are featured in...