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.

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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.
IHRA and SPEED Announce 2005 TV Package

All Four Professional Classes Featured

IHRA and SPEED have announced the finalization for the 2005 Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series TV package, featuring all four professional classes—Top Fuel, Torco Race Fuels Pro Modified, Funny Car, and Torco Race Fuels Pro Stock.

Steve Grein’s NeWave Productions will produce and coordinate all SPEED IHRA coverage with Ken Stout, Brian Olson and Tiffany Furman providing on-air commentary, insight and information.

Stout will be in his third season as IHRA’s play-by-play announcer. He first came to IHRA in 1999 when he handled pit reporting duties.

“It is hard to put into words how much I am looking forward to this season,” Stout said. “At NeWave we have come up with a few new ideas that are fast and hard…really unique to drag race broadcasting. IHRA has been coming out with fast and hard new ideas of its own. This is a great marriage. We both have great ideas and are going to get to work together with the best people in the industry.”

Brian Olson will work with Stout in the broadcast booth, providing color commentary. Olson has been involved with drag racing for 35 years and currently works with the Carrier Boyz team as well as the Fram Air Hog and Autolite XP Spark Plug sportsman entries.

“I have been away from announcing for three years and have been actively racing in the sportsman ranks,” Olson said. “This opportunity presented itself and I figured it was a good time to get back into announcing.”

Furman, known throughout the drag racing world as “Nurse Tiffany” for her work with Tommy Lipar’s Von Smith-driven entry, will be called upon to handle pit reporting duties.

“We’ve been blessed here at IHRA with our TV partners,” IHRA President Aaron Polburn said. “Being a part of Clear Channel Entertainment, having SPEED as the network carrying our broadcasts and now with NeWave Productions taking over as our production company, the quality and excitement of our broadcasts...
San Antonio, TX - Terry Mc Millen has fueled up the Amalie Oil InstiGator Funny Car with Torco Racing Fuel, expecting Texas sized results at the upcoming Amalie Oil Texas Nationals in San Antonio on April 1-2 at the San Antonio Raceway. This 4th annual event is presented by Ancira Cars, Trucks and RVs and San Antonio Express News.

"We've worked all winter long, tested and tuned in Texas more than any other funny car team, we're expecting big results at this race and for the season," commented Terry.

Mc Millen recently returned from the Spring Meltdown in Abilene, Texas where he made several test passes down the track. "The InstiGator was making good horsepower and we had very good incremental times. We're ready for the Amalie Oil Texas Nationals," stated Mc Millen, "it's time to see how all of our winter work will pay off."

The Amalie Oil Texas Nationals is the first stop of the 12-race IHRA season, which features 3 Canadian races. "The first race of any season always make things a little more exciting," said Terry. He continued, "For our team, it's a little more intense. Not only is Amalie Oil our major marketing partner and the title sponsor of the race, but also add to that the fact that this is our first race with Torco Race Fuels on board as a major associate sponsor and they are the Official Fuel of the IHRA. When you add all that up you have a recipe for excitement!"

Last year, Mc Millen was able to advance to the semi-final round of the Amalie Oil Texas Nationals after qualifying fifth. "We got off to a good start. The momentum started right here at the San Antonio Raceway last season. Now it's time to turn up the heat in Texas," said Rhonda Mc Millen, team co-owner.

Terry Mc Millen had an impressive season in 2004 with 3 quarter-final, 5 semi-final and 1 final round appearance, before finishing a career best, third in IHRA points. Rhonda Mc Millen added, "We would love to trade a few of those semi-final appearances into wins this season."

Contact Dean Murdoch (SpeedZone Magazine)

Finally the season is here. This weekend at Houston Raceway Park, the Shelly Howard racing team is going to try and regain the TAD title they held twice before. Shelly and the team knows it will be a tough task, with one of the stars in the class, Ashley Force back to defend her title. Division 4 has always been one of the toughest top Alcohol divisions in NHRA drag racing, but now it has become probably THE toughest A/Fuel division in the NHRA. 11 Dragsters are entered for this weekend’s event and 10 of them are of the A/Fuel variety. The term just qualifying really will mean something at a Division 4 race this season. After testing extensively for the last month at this very track, Shelly and the team are confident they can be solidly in the field and go rounds on Sunday. But with the new rules, the consistency factor for the A/Fueler’s could rear its ugly head. The team has run a best of 5.38 in testing and has turned in what is the fastest speed so far this year, a strong 272 mph.

Friday’s first round of qualifying saw Shelly run slightly off her testing best, a 5.46 that puts her #3 in the field after one round. Saturday will see two more rounds and hopefully
a tenth improvement in ET.

Shelly would like to thank all her crew for all their hard work over the winter preparing the car, including husband Paul, crew chief Tom Conway, Shane, Keith, Jim and Cody.

The team would not be where they are at with the great support of their sponsors Valvoline Oil, NGK Spark Plugs, Tulsa Sheet Metal, Moritz Machine and Broken Arrow Powder Coating.

For more information on Shelly Howard and the team
log onto

[ March 12, 2005, 01:06 AM: Message edited by: The Zone ]
pir is open for 1/4 mile test n tune friday march 11 gates open up at 4:00 pm.
heres your chance to test pir out before divisional race. :rolleyes:
Plumbing Concepts Racing

Accelerated Motorsports

Media relations

For Immediate Release March 6, 2004

Contact: Randy Fish


Taylor Terrific in Division 7 Opener

ANAHEIM, CA — Arizona’s Firebird International Raceway played host to the 2005 NHRA Lucas Oil Series Pacific Division opener. Dennis Taylor used last Thursday to test some new developments from his Crew Chief, Ora Vasquez. As a result the Plumbing Concepts Top Alcohol Funny Car responded to its mechanical massaging, running a convincing early shut-off pass and another at 5.70-seconds, which stood for quick time of the day. By the end of Friday’s initial qualifying session, Taylor was third on the roster with a fine 5.73-second pass at 246.30 miles per hour. The 60-foot time, which is used as an important tuning guide, was an impressive .945 seconds.

Racers awoke to frustration, as rain and windy conditions had settled over the area through the night. Track drying commenced early Saturday morning, but by 10:30 MST a major rain cell halted the action at the onset of Stock Eliminator qualifying. By 1:00 pm the sun had broken through and the staging lanes were full, with the new schedule calling for Stock, Super Stock, Top Comp, and Super Street, followed by the Top Alcohol cars. Just before 5:00 pm, heavy rain and lightning threatened to wipe out the remaining qualifying runs, and did so by 5:30.

For Sunday’s Eliminations, the eight-car field was determined using Friday’s lone qualifying session. The first round match-up saw Taylor and the Plumbing Concepts Camaro thundering to the finish line running 5.714 seconds at 244.92 mph, as Sean Bellemeur had traction problems. In the second go, Dennis lost lane choice to Kirk Kuhns by a mere .003, but powered to the win as his opponent was late off the line. Steve Gasparrelli advanced to meet Taylor in the final round. After performing their between-rounds...
Torco Race Fuels Motorsports
Wilson Racing
media relations

For Immediate Release March 7, 2005
Contact: Mark Rowe / Wilson Racing

Wilson Racing South Bound to Baytown!

Winfield, Mo., This weekend's NHRA / Lucas Oil Division 4 Drag Racing Series event, at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas just outside of Houston March 11th-13th is in the first NHRA Divisional Event for 2005 for the Torco Race Fuels / Wilson Racing Top Alcohol Dragster Team.

The Torco Race Fuels / Wilson Racing Team is looking to improve this weekend after they encountered numerous engine problems at the NHRA POWERADE National Event in Pomona CA. They are also preparing for their next NHRA / POWERADE National event, the MAC Tools Gatornationals. "We have several goals this year and that includes remaining in the top 10 National. We have made a few changes already do to the fact that in this sport, either you are making changes and going forward or you are going backwards. Drag Racing is like a Chess Game, you need to be a step ahead of your competitors and find that extra Horsepower before they do." stated Wilson.

"Our entire team has worked very hard all winter to get a hole-shot on our Division 3 competitors and we want to be ready for the first Lucas Oil Division 3 event in Indy. That leads to our next goal, we have won the NHRA / Lucas Oil Division 3 Championship twice and we would love to make it three times." stated Wilson.

We have numerous programs in the works that we hope to introduce this year that will clearly demonstrate our commitment to the future of this team as well as our sponsors commitment to our team and NHRA Championship Drag Racing." stated Team Manager Donna Wilson.

We appreciate all the support we receive from all of our sponsors week after week," commented Wilson. (Torco Race Fuels, STARCON, Spitzer Race Cars and Composites, Mickey Thompson Tires, Valvoline, Scott Shop...