Plumbing Concepts Racing
Accelerated Motorsports
Media Relations

For Immediate Release April 13, 2005

Contact: Randy Fish

Taylor Hopes to Roll the Table in Las Vegas

ANAHEIM, CA — The NHRA Nationals will provide the second opportunity of 2005 for Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Dennis Taylor to compete on the national event stage. For some reason, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway hasn’t been particularly kind to the Plumbing Concepts Team in the last few years. Hopefully, that’ll change during the weekend’s racing action.

With the 2005 season in full stride, Dennis is second in the Lucas Oil Series Pacific Division 7 points standings and is currently tied for third in the national rankings. Taylor is coming off a non-racing weekend, though he was at the O’Reilly Spring Nationals in Houston filming technical features that will begin airing during Sunday’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series coverage on ESPN2. More segments are scheduled to be taped in Las Vegas, as Dennis enjoys explaining the interesting mechanical aspects of Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars.

Trackside, the primary cast of challengers has already become crystal clear for the 2005 charge and no less than 26 Top Alcohol Funny Cars are expected to wage war for the 16-car qualified field in Las Vegas. From last year’s “Who’s Who” list, 6 of the Top 10 cars are pre-entered, along with a host of players that are capable of winning on any given day. Forecasts call for sunny skies and light winds with temperatures in the low 80s throughout the entire event.

Though his semi-final finish at the recently completed Lucas Oil Series race in Tucson could still be considered a good outing, Dennis and his team received a great deal of media attention, in the local newspaper and national television. As Taylor prepares for each race, he’s very thankful for having such a loyal group of sponsors...
April 12, 2005

Press Release

Marty Thacker, owner and driver of the Rapid Transit Racing Top Alcohol Dragster, is pleased to announce that Torco Racing Fuels have agreed to be the featured marketing partner at the Indianapolis NHRA event held April 15 – 17, 2005. Torco Racing Fuels, of Decatur, Michigan, is the manufacturer of high performance racing and power products. Torco Racing Fuels is the engine builders & pros choice for extreme power and consistency of our blend stock.
Torco is the official fuel of IHRA Drag Racing as well as playing a very prominent part in NHRA Championship Drag Racing.
Evan Knoll, owner of Torco has really stepped up to support racers the last few years. As his business has grown, so has his generosity with the people of drag racing. Brian Pfifer, General Manager of Torco Racing Fuels, has stepped up in a big way, not only acting as the crew chief on Evan’s Top Fuel team, but also acting as the liason for all the other Torco Racing Fuels teams. “These guys are just a pleasure to work with” Marty commented.

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Worlds 1st 270 MPH Blown Alcohol Dragster
The 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999,
& 2001 U.D.R.A. World Champion.
The 2002 N.H.R.A. Jegs All-stars Champion.
The 2002 N.H.R.A. Division 2 Champion
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The Girl Power Racing team, led by driver Hillary Will, is heading to Las Vegas this weekend with their Top Alcohol Dragster, hoping to finish in the winner’s circle at the NHRA Summit Racing Nationals. This race will be the teams’ fifth ever national event start. After Will’s performance in the season opener in Pomona where she qualified number one and made her very first final round appearance, the Girl Power Racing team holds high expectations for this race in Vegas.

The team will have additional support from their honorary crew member for the weekend, racing legend Paula Murphy. Murphy, a former driver and a mentor to Will, has piloted everything from jet dragsters to funny cars, and was named one of the most outstanding female athletes of the century by the Associated Press in 1973, and was inducted into the Don Garlits International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 1992. “It is an honor to have Paula’s support,” says Will, 25. “I talk to her often because I admire what she has accomplished in racing and I know I can learn a lot from her.”

Will and the Girl Power Racing team will be at the NHRA Summit Racing Nationals in Las Vegas, NV from April 15-17. Their first round of qualifying will be on Friday, April 15, and the first round of eliminations will begin Saturday, April 16. For more information, please visit
For Immediate Release: April 12, 2005

Jay Blake
Follow A Dream, Inc.
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Motorsports Worlds’ Only Team
with Totally Blind Crew Chief Wins NHRA Spring Nationals

“Follow A Dream” Race Team Beats Former World Champ

HOUSTON, TX—The motorsports world’s only totally blind crew chief, Jay Blake, says “victory tastes sweet,” as he celebrates the first place win for his Follow A Dream team, who won at the NHRA O’Reilly Spring Nationals race outside of Houston, TX on Sunday, April. 10th. Blake’s racing team, led by driver Dave Ray of Plaistow, NH, races an alcohol-fueled funny car in the sportsman’s division of NHRA (National Hot Rod Association).

The win was truly a David v. Goliath story, with the team struggling during qualifying rounds, performing well below their March 2005 Gainesville, FL performance. Blake, a professional motivational speaker whose face is synonymous with positive thinking, rallied the team. By Sunday night, they were paired up against former World Champ and multi-national event winner, Bob Newberry. The cars left the starting line with Blake’s driver Ray getting the jump. The Follow a Dream Team recorded a 5.65 second run at 254 mph for their first NHRA National Event win. As the team and many onlookers cheered, Blake leaned down and kissed the starting line. The spectators, who knew Blake’s personal story of tragedy and triumph, went wild cheering for the team and the blind man who had the vision and the perseverance to never give up. Since losing his sight in adulthood, Blake pursued and realized his dream of becoming a crew chief on a professional NHRA racing team. His proven gift for empowered positive thinking has resulted in a secondary career as a professional motivational speaker. Blake still has yet to achieve his goal of becoming the world’s fastest blind man, but the logistics for achieving...
Torco Race Fuels Motorsports
Wilson Racing
media relations

For Immediate Release March12, 2005
Contact: Mark Rowe / Wilson Racing

Wilson Racing hopes history repeats itself again!

Baytown, TX., This past weekend's NHRA / POWERADE Drag Racing Series event, the O'Reilly Auto Parts Nationals at Houston Motorsports Park, Baytown, Texas was the fourth stop for the TORCO Race Fuels / Wilson Racing Team for 2005.

Wilson Racing Qualified 8th with a 5.47 and remained very consistent all weekend. They defeated the # 1 Qualifier in the 2nd round and then won on a hole-shot with a better starting line reaction time to out run a quicker competitor in the semi-finals by a margin of only .0149 or approximately 5 feet. "We are very excited to have made it to our 2nd final this early in the season and to be 5th in the National Points standings. We know there is still room for improvement and our Team is working together towards our next goal. Now that we are running consistently in the 5.40's, we want to be able to run 5.30's" stated Wilson.

This weekend's NHRA / Lucas Oil Division 3 Drag Racing Series event, at Indianapolis Raceway Park just outside of Indianapolis, April 15th-17th is in the second NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional Event and the first Division 3 event for 2005 for the Torco Race Fuels / Wilson Racing Top Alcohol Dragster Team.

The Torco Race Fuels / Wilson Racing Team is looking to repeat history again this weekend after they made it to the finals for the second time this year at Houston Motorsports Park in Baytown, Texas just outside of Houston. "We were very excited to have been one of only two blown cars to quality this weekend, not to mention we made it to the finals for the second time this year at Baytown." stated Wilson. "We just hope we can repeat history again this weekend and win the Division 3 opener at Indianapolis Raceway Park...
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Snyder Begins Division 3 Title Defense

This weekend, defending event champion Mick Snyder will begin his Division 3 title defense at the North Central Division Lucas Oil Sportsman Series season opener. Snyder, driver of the Snyder Motorsports Top Alcohol Funny Car sponsored by TORCO Racing Fuels, opened the 2005 race season last month in Gainesville, Florida at the Gatornationals with a semi-final finish.

The Team based out of DeMotte, Indiana is looking forward to racing at Indianapolis Raceway Park this weekend. “It is always nice to race close to home, we have a lot of fan support here. Since our entire crew is from Indiana, it gives some of our friends and family a chance to come watch what we do every weekend,” said Snyder.

“We are excited to begin the title defense, too. Last year, after winning this race, we were able to keep the lead throughout the season. Hopefully, we will be able to start strong again this year.”

The 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.

Qualifying for the race will begin on Friday afternoon at 4 PM followed by two more shots on Saturday at 1 and 4:30 PM. Eliminations will begin at 1 PM on Sunday.

Please visit the Snyder Motorsports official website at

The Snyder Motorsports Top Alcohol Funny Car entry is sponsored by TORCO Racing Fuels. By logging onto you can access their full line of innovative products including racing gasoline, additives, and clothing.

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IHRA Points

Funny Car

1. Rob Atchison 100
2. Terry McMillen 93
3. Mark Thomas 74
4. Mark Poyser 69
5. Thomas Carter 56
6. Terry Munroe 52
7. Chris Foster 51
8. Jim Sickles 50
9. Burl Brown 10
Jeff Burnett 10
Trevor Lebsack 10
Top Alcohol Dragster
Point Standings
Position Driver Points N/D
01 Ashley Force 273 3/2
02 Chris Demke 201 1/2
03 Aaron Olivarez 200 3/2
04 Duane Shields 180 2/2
05 Jeff Wilson 176 3/1
06 Randy Meyer 146 2/1
07 Steve Federlin 145 1/1
08 Robert Perkins 117 1/2
09 Arthur Allen 116 1/1
10 Edwin Schmeeckle 111 1/2
11 Ben Harper 106 1/2
11 Guy Kelly 106 1/1
13 Darryl Hitchman 105 2/1
14 Shelly Howard 85 0/1
15 Gene Snow 83 2/1
16 Karl Brounkowski 74 1/1
17 Mike Austin 73 1/2
17 Arthur Gallant 73 2/0
17 Larry Miersch 73 1/2
20 Hillary Will 64 1/0
21 Michael Gunderson 53 1/0
22 Mark Niver 52 1/2
23 William Zivkovich 43 0/1
24 Jack Beckman 42 1/1
24 Jon Capps 42 1/0
24 Ron Griffis 42 1/1
24 Ken Perry 42 1/0
24 Robin Samsel 42 1/1
24 Joey Severance 42 1/0
24 Jeff Veale 42 1/0
31 Kevin Brown 41 1/1
31 Vitali Kazakevich 41 1/1
31 Carl Magee 41 1/1
31 Brandon Pierce 41 1/1
35 Wayne Morris 40 1/1
36 Don Fiorelli 32 0/1
36 Richard Garlets 32 0/1
36 James Thompson Jr 32 0/1
36 Clifford Whitley 32 0/1
40 Mark Albert 31 1/0
40 Richard Bourke 31 1/0
40 Lee Callaway 31 1/0
40 Dave Hirata 31 1/0
40 Rich McPhillips 31 1/0
40 Dan Mercier 31 1/0
40 Scott Murray 31 1/0
40 Bill Reichert 31 1/0
40 Greg Tacke 31 1/0
49 Johnny Ahten 30 1/2
50 Jason Cannon 20 1/1

Top Alcohol Funny Car
Point Standings
Position Driver Points N/D
01 Jay Payne 211 3/1
02 Tate Branch 169 2/1
03 Steve Gasparrelli 159 1/2
03 Dennis Taylor 159 1/2
05 Bob Newberry 149 2/0
06 Mark Billington 128 1/1
07 David Ray 127 2/0
08 Doug Gordon 117 1/2
09 Frank Manzo 116 2/0
10 Bret Williamson 95 1/2
11 Jackie Stidham 85 1/1
12 Shawn Jones 83 1/1
13 Steve Burck 74 1/1
13 Jimmy Jones 74 1/1
15 Cy Chesterman 73 2/0
15 Vern Moats 73 2/0
15 Mark Woznichak 73 1/2
18 Brian Hough 64 1/0
18 Richard Mc Clain 64 0/1
18 Larry Miner 64 0/1
18 John...
Bar's Leaks Motorsports
Branch-Etterman Racing
media relations

For Immediate Release
April 11, 2005
Contact: Will Hanna/ Pro Race Communications

Branch reaches quarterfinals in Houston

BAYTOWN, Texas - Despite having a perfect record in divisional competition at Houston Raceway Park, NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Tate Branch is still in search of that elusive first national event win after a quarterfinal finish at this past weekend's O'Reilly Spring Nationals. Branch qualified the Bar's Leaks Repair-It/ Branch-Etterman Racing Camaro second in the field, but encountered tireshake in the quarterfinals.

Branch, from Artesia, N.M., qualified the Dave Scheelk tuned machine second with a 5.708 at 244.96 mph. In round one, he defeated Gage Chaffee with a 5.775 at 251.86 mph. In his second round battle with Shawn Jones, Branch's tireshake-plagued 5.749 at 252.80 was not enough to hold off Jones' 5.721 at 246.71 mph.

"We're really fighting a tireshake problem right now," said Branch. "I'm confident that Dave [Scheelk] will get it figured out. Right now we just have to pick up the pieces and head to Vegas. We've ran well there in the past, and hopefully we can return to that level."

Team co-owners George and Jane Etterman will take the rig straight from Baytown to Las Vegas for this weekend's Nationals. Stay tuned to for the latest news in alcohol racing.

For more information on the team, log on to the team's website,

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Callaway Racing
media relations

For Immediate Release
April 11, 2005
Contact: Will Hanna/ Pro Race Communications

Callaway makes progress in season debut

BAYTOWN, Texas - Despite shooting for higher goals than a first round loss, NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Lee Callaway is pleased his Tejano Salsa/ backed team is heading in the right direction. After being plagued by severe tireshake at nearly every event last season, Callaway's Stacy McLemore led team seemed to get a handle on the problem at this past weekend's O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.

Callaway, who lives within earshot of the track in Baytown, Texas, qualified his Tejano Salsa/ blown alcohol dragster in the ninth position with a 5.475 second elapsed time at 257.97 mph. In round one, he had to square off with the only other blown alcohol dragster in the field, Jeff Wilson. Wilson took the win in a close race with a 5.491 at 257.43 mph to Callaway's 5.524 at 257.94 mph. Callaway then had his hands full after the run as his parachutes did not deploy. Using the brakes alone, Callaway was able to escape disaster and stopped the car just as the front end entered the sand trap at the end of the track.

"I've always been a firm believer in throwing both parachutes no matter how long the shutdown area is," stated Callaway. "That run was a prime example why. When I didn't feel the parachutes hit, I knew immediately I had to stop the car with the brakes. It started bouncing pretty bad, and I would have to wait for it to settle down, then hit the brakes again and ride it out until it would settle down again. It was bouncing pretty high, and it bottomed out a few times. If I had only threw one parachute, and if it didn't open, you've just wasted a bunch of time messing with that and waiting for it to deploy. By that time, you're too far into the shutdown area, and you're going off the end...