Contact: Mandie Yorio, 714-921-8123,

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Ashley Force Advances to the Finals

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – Female racer Ashley Force advanced to the final round of competition after qualifying third at the 36th Annual Mac Tools Gatornationals.

Force, who competes in the Top Alcohol Dragster category defeated Dave Hirata, Ken Perry and Michael Gunderson before being defeated by Aaron Olivarez in the money round.

“Congratulations to Aaron on his first win,” expressed Ashley, who lost to Olivarez by one and one-half thousandth of a second. Olivarez recorded a 5.408 second elapsed time to Force’s 5.401.

“I had a pretty good feeling about this day,” said Force. “Though second round felt like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. The car danced all around the track. It wanted to go everywhere but straight.”

Throughout the weekend the 22-year old sponsored by Castrol, Hot Wheels, Automobile Club of Southern California, Ford and Mac Tools kept her 3000 horsepower injected dragster consistent through the watchful eye of co-owner and crew chief, Jerry Darien. “All of our pre-season testing helped us throughout the day as the weather got hot,” Darien stated.

Before running the finals, Ashley’s father 13-Time NHRA Funny Car Champion, John Force urged his daughter, “This boy’s good so get after him.” Darien returned, “This ol’ girl’s pretty good too.”

The California girl will next return to Houston for the O’Reilly Spring Nationals April 8-10.

NHRA North Central Division
Contact: Jay Hullinger, NHRA Division Director
(765) 689-8727 E-mail:

Spitzer Race Cars adds performance bonuses for North Central Division Top Alcohol racers

Spitzer Race Cars will sponsor low qualifier bonuses for Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car racers at the six 2005 North Central Division NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events. In addition to the individual awards, Spitzer Race Cars has posted year-end bonuses in each category and added money for any new track elapsed time records set.

Low qualifiers in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will receive $500 at each event. A year-end bonus of $1,000 and special trophy will be awarded by Spitzer Race Cars in each category at the annual “Land of the Winners” banquet to the driver accumulating the most qualifying points in the six races. Qualifying points for the bonus will be awarded with 16 pt. for the low qualifier, 15 pt. for number two qualifiers, etc.

Any driver setting a new Top Alcohol Dragster or Top Alcohol Funny Car elapsed time track record at Indianapolis Raceway Park, April 15-17; Mid-Michigan Motorplex, July 1-3; Route 66 Raceway, July 15-17; Edgewater Sports Park, Aug. 5-7; Beech Bend Raceway Park, Aug. 26-28 or National Trail Raceway, Sept. 23-25 will be awarded $500.

Spitzer Race Cars is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of full-size dragsters, altereds, roadsters and racing composites, as well as, Jr. dragsters. Known for contemporary designs and superb craftsmanship, Spitzer Race Cars designs, fabricates and assembles race cars in their complex in Greenfield, Ind. – just east of Indianapolis – with over 20,000 square feet of working space.

For more information on the North Central Division racing season log onto and for more information on Spitzer Race Cars contact them at 317-894-9533...
Top Alcohol Dragster
Point Standings
Position Driver Points N/D
01 Ashley Force 220 2/2
02 Aaron Olivarez 158 2/2
03 Arthur Allen 116 1/1
03 Chris Demke 116 1/1
05 Jeff Wilson 112 2/1
06 Guy Kelly 106 1/1
07 Ben Harper 96 1/1
08 Randy Meyer 93 1/1
09 Steve Federlin 85 1/0
09 Shelly Howard 85 0/1
11 Darryl Hitchman 74 1/1
11 Robert Perkins 74 1/1
13 Edwin Schmeeckle 71 1/1
14 Hillary Will 64 1/0
15 Larry Miersch 63 1/1
15 Duane Shields 63 1/1
17 Michael Gunderson 53 1/0
18 William Zivkovich 43 0/1
19 Jack Beckman 42 1/1
19 Jon Capps 42 1/0
19 Ron Griffis 42 1/1
19 Ken Perry 42 1/0
19 Robin Samsel 42 1/1
19 Joey Severance 42 1/0
19 Jeff Veale 42 1/0
26 Mike Austin 41 1/1
26 Kevin Brown 41 1/1
26 Gene Snow 41 1/1
29 Wayne Morris 40 1/1
30 Karl Brounkowski 32 0/1
30 Don Fiorelli 32 0/1
30 Richard Garlets 32 0/1
30 James Thompson Jr 32 0/1
34 Mark Albert 31 1/0
34 Arthur Gallant 31 1/0
34 Dave Hirata 31 1/0
34 Rich McPhillips 31 1/0
34 Dan Mercier 31 1/0
34 Bill Reichert 31 1/0
34 Greg Tacke 31 1/0
41 Johnny Ahten 20 1/1
41 Jason Cannon 20 1/1
41 Mark Niver 20 1/1
41 Matt Seltzer 20 1/1
45 Karen Benkovich 10 1/0
45 Timothy Bowgren 10 1/0
45 Bill Evans 10 0/1
45 John Finke 10 1/0
45 Dave Hedges Jr 10 1/0
45 Jeffrey Isbell 10 0/1

Top Alcohol Funny Car
Point Standings
Position Driver Points N/D
01 Jay Payne 180 2/1
02 Mark Billington 128 1/1
03 Tate Branch 127 1/1
04 Frank Manzo 116 2/0
04 Dennis Taylor 116 1/1
06 Bob Newberry 85 1/0
07 Steve Gasparrelli 74 1/1
07 Doug Gordon 74 1/1
09 Brian Hough 64 1/0
09 Richard Mc Clain 64 0/1
11 Bret Williamson 63 1/1
12 Mark Hentges 53 1/0
12 Kirk Kuhns 53 1/1
12 Mick Snyder 53 1/0
15 Johann Wernhart 52 1/1
15 Marc White 52 1/1
17 Steve Burck 43 0/1
17 Jimmy Jones 43 0/1
19 Ron August Jr 42 1/0
19 Cy Chesterman 42 1/0
19 David Ray...
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Snyder Honored with Best Appearing Crew Award During Semi-final Finish

The Snyder Motorsports TORCO Racing Fuels sponsored Top Alcohol Funny Car experienced success on many levels at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida this past weekend. During the weekend they debuted their brand new paint scheme and crew uniforms and were subsequently honored with the Best Appearing Crew Award. Driver Mick Snyder, who is responsible for the design of the new car and The Winning Team crew shirts, said, “It was a pleasant surprise for all of us. There are a lot of professional teams out here and we are truly honored to be recognized.”

The Team also experienced success during race day. Snyder qualified #6 with a 5.65 elapsed time at 250.83 mph and earned his first semi-final finish of the season by outperforming his competitors. The Team won its first and second rounds Sunday morning running 5.70 at 247.25 mph and 5.68 at 250.76, respectively. In the semi-finals, Snyder had a large hole shot on his competitor, but was unable to hold on when the car overpowered the racetrack and coasted the remainder of the quarter mile.

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, Max Speed Designs, R & R Racing Products, Snyder Auto and Spitzer Race Cars for their continued support.

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.
Allen Middendorf of St. Louis MO. completed his license runs in Holley & Woosley's A-Fuel Dragster on Thursday March the 10th at a test session before the division 4 points race at Houston Raceway Park. The final run was 5.84 @ 233 mph. Allen will be the driver of the car owned and tuned by Bob & Chris Holley of Freeport, Texas for the 2005 season. The team will compete in all division 4 races and selected National events. The next race will be at the Houston Nationals.
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Wilson Racing
media relations

For Immediate Release March 15, 2005
Contact: Mark Rowe / Wilson Racing

Wilson Racing makes first final of the year!

Houston, TX. - This past weekend's NHRA / Lucas Oil Division event at the Houston Motorsports Park in Baytown, Texas was the first Divisional Event this year for the NHRA Division 3 Torco Race Fuels / Wilson Racing Top Alcohol Dragster Team.

Wilson, from Winfield, Mo., was pleased after qualifying 4th with a 5.45 in only their second race of the year, especially after the parts problems they encountered at Pomona." We are still experiencing some problems but nothing like what we went through at our first event. We have narrowed the problem down to a few parts that will be replaced prior to this weekend and we feel pretty confident heading to Gainesville". stated Wilson.

"We are very happy to have made it to the finals this weekend, not only for our Team and Sponsors but this has helped us better prepare for the MAC Tools Gatornationals this weekend in Florida. This class is getting tougher each and every race and for us to take out Ashley Force in the semi finals was a moral boost for the entire team." stated Wilson "This is a team effort and to runner-up in only our second event of the year is a great way to start the season even though we smoked the tires in the finals".

Wilson Racing is already preparing for this weekends race in Gainesville, Florida, home of the MAC Tools Gatornationals. "We just want to keep the momentum going and keep improving each event and the next step is the winners circle. This weekend is also to help us prepare for the Division 3 opener at Indy. We won the Division 3 opener last year at Indy and we would love to repeat again this year and The MAC Tools Gatornationals is the next step in that direction". stated Wilson.

"We are fortunate enough to have a great...
Team Castrol Pre-Race Package/Ashley

Event: 36th Mac Tools Gatornationals, 3rd of 23 events in the 2005 NHRA POWERade

Site: Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla.

Dates: March 17-20, 2005

Track TAD Records: 5.255 seconds, 274.05 mph by Bill Reichert, March 16, 2003.

Ashley Force at Gainesville:
Last year: After qualifying second behind Art Gallant, she beat Don Fiorelli and Rich
McPhillips before losing to Marty Thacker in the semifinals.
Personal Bests at Gainesville: 5.338 seconds, 269.73 mph, both in 2004.
Notable: Ashley's very first NHRA national event victory came in the biggest event in the
sport – the 2004 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, Ind., in which she became
just the third female champion in 50 years.

Television (all ESPN2): 7-8 p.m. (ET) on March 26; repeats at 4 a.m. (ET) on April 6; 11
a.m., April 17, on Inside Drag Racing.

Dave Densmore
Denswood Sports

Mandie Yorio
John Force Racing

Lori Anne Gola
BP Lubricants/Castrol Racing

For Immediate Release
22-Year-Old Following in Dad's Footsteps

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It's a generational anomaly that 22-year-old Ashley Force, one
of the Top Alcohol Dragster favorites in this week's 36th annual Mac Tools
Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, was a three-time NHRA event winner before
she first let out the clutch on a stick shift automobile.

In fact, the daughter of 13-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force may never
have learned the technique had she not agreed to provide quarter mile driving
instruction for a Ford Motor Co. "golf and go" function held last month at Homestead-
Miami Speedway in conjunction with the Ford-sponsored Doral Open golf tournament.

Ms. Force, who is in her second season at the wheel of the Castrol /Hot Wheels...
Bar's Leaks Motorsports
Branch-Etterman Racing
media relations

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

Branch wins in Houston for the seventh time in eight years

BAYTOWN, Texas - The word dominance comes to mind when describing NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Tate Branch's track record at the Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season opener at Houston Raceway Park. This past weekend, Branch drove his Bar's Leaks Repair It/Branch-Etterman Racing Camaro to the winner's circle for an incredible seventh time in eight years. What makes the feat more remarkable is that the only time in those eight years he has not won the event was in 2001 when he did not compete.

Branch, from Artesia, N.M., qualified the Bar's Leaks Repair It Camaro second in the eight-car field with a 5.798 second pass at 230.96 mph. In round one he received a competition bye when his scheduled opponent Ron Morrison could not make the call, yet stayed the picture of consistency with a 5.791 at 251.58 mph to set low e.t. of the round. In the semifinals, Branch took out Steve Burck with another 5.798 at 252.10 mph.

Branch's final round opponent would be the up-and-coming Richard McClain, who made two finals in his rookie year last season. McClain made the final from the No. 1 qualifying position, but would red-light away his chance at victory, giving Branch the automatic win. Branch still maintained his bracket-like consistency with a 5.788 at 251.34 mph to take the win.

"A lot of people have said a lot of things about us winning here so much," said Branch. "I think luck has more to do with it than being good. We really didn't set the world on fire with performance, but we decided to run our own race and get the car down the track. On our first qualifier, it was really on a pass that should have been a low 5.60, but a fuel line came loose and it knocked the burst panels out of...
Top Alcohol Dragster
Point Standings
Position Driver Points N/D
01 Ashley Force 156 1/2
02 Chris Demke 116 1/1
03 Jeff Wilson 102 1/1
04 Ben Harper 96 1/1
05 Arthur Allen 85 0/1
05 Steve Federlin 85 1/0
05 Shelly Howard 85 0/1
08 Robert Perkins 74 1/1
09 Aaron Olivarez 73 1/2
10 Edwin Schmeeckle 71 1/1
11 Guy Kelly 64 0/1
11 Hillary Will 64 1/0
13 Larry Miersch 63 1/1
13 Duane Shields 63 1/1
15 William Zivkovich 43 0/1
16 Jack Beckman 42 1/1
16 Jon Capps 42 1/0
16 Joey Severance 42 1/0
18 Mike Austin 41 1/1
18 Kevin Brown 41 1/1
20 Randy Meyer 40 0/1
21 Karl Brounkowski 32 0/1
21 Darryl Hitchman 32 0/1
21 James Thompson 32 0/1
21 Don Fiorelli 32 0/1
21 Richard Garlets 32 0/1
21 Ron Griffis 32 0/1
21 Robin Samsel 32 0/1
28 Greg Tacke 31 1/0
29 Wayne Morris 30 0/1
30 Johnny Ahten 20 1/1
30 Mark Niver 20 1/1
30 Matt Seltzer 20 1/1
33 Jason Cannon 10 0/1
33 Bill Evans 10 0/1
33 Jeffrey Isbell 10 0/1
33 Dennis Swearingen 10 1/0
33 Carl Magee 10 0/1
33 Allan Middendorf 10 0/1
33 Gene Snow 10 0/1
33 Vitali Kazekavich 10 0/1
33 Brandon Pierce 10 0/1

Top Alcohol Funny Car
Point Standings
Position Driver Points N/D
01 Jay Payne 127 1/1
02 Dennis Taylor 116 1/1
03 Frank Manzo 85 1/0
03 Tate Branch 85 0/1
05 Steve Gasparrelli 74 1/1
05 Doug Gordon 74 1/1
07 Mark Billington 64 0/1
07 Brian Hough 64 1/0
07 Richard McClain 64 0/1
10 Bret Williamson 63 1/1
11 Mark Hentges 53 1/0
11 Kirk Kuhns 53 1/1
13 Johann Wernhart 52 1/1
13 Marc White 52 1/1
15 Steve Burck 43 0/1
15 Jimmy Jones 43 0/1
17 Ron August Jr 42 1/0
18 Bil Gallio 41 1/1
19 Mark Woznichak 41 1/1
20 John Alberigi III 33 0/1
21 Sean Bellemeur 32 0/1
21 John Patton 32 0/1
21 Jackie Stidham 32 0/1
21 Ron Morrison 32 0/1
21 Brandon Lewis 32 0/1
26 Bob Gallio 31 1/0
26 Bernie Harrington 31 1/0
26 Mert Littlefield 31 1/0
26 John Weaver 31 1/0
30 Shawn...
The Snyder Motorsports Top Alcohol Funny Car entry sponsored by TORCO Racing Fuels will be kicking off their 2005 race season this weekend in Gainesville, Florida at the MAC Tools Gatornationals.

For the Team, the road trip began late last week as they loaded up their newly painted TORCO Racing Fuels entry and headed to Florida to test the car before their first qualifying session on Friday.

The 2004 Division 3 Champion Mick Snyder concluded last season by winning and runnering-up in his final two appearances. He and his father, Larry, have worked very hard this off-season and are expecting to pick up right where they left off. “The first race of the season is always exciting, after working on the car all winter you get to go out and finally see it all come together. We hope to be able to put on a great showing for the fans and our sponsor TORCO Racing Fuels this weekend,” Snyder said.

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.