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Force Loses in Semi Finals

Ennis, Tex. – Second-generation racer, Ashley Force, lost in the semi-final round of competition to Randy Meyer at last weekend’s South Central division drag race at the Texas Motorplex.

Force, who qualified 5th, defeated Daryl Hitchman in round one by piloting her 3,000 horsepower Castrol/Hot Wheels nitro-injected dragster to a 5.402 second elapsed time.

After losing, Force’s crew chief, Jerry Darien expressed, “The track got better and the car didn’t leave hard enough off the starting line.”

“Yeah, now the world is slowing down to Ashley when she’s in the car. She’s starting to feel when things aren’t right and tells me so I can make adjustments. It’s all a part of learning and she’s definitely picking up on everything now,” Darien continued, “even though she’s still a kid a heart.”

When Darien asked before going into eliminations, “Well kid, what do you think,” the twenty-two year-old responded, “Not too much and not often. There’s not much in this head of mine.”

Ashley Force, 22, Castrol/Hot Wheels A/Fuel dragster (Top Alcohol Dragtser division).
Qualifying position and performance: 5th at 5.433 seconds, 259.61 mph.
Race results: Defeated Daryl Hitchman, lost to Randy Meyer.
Notable: Ashley continues to have her best reaction times since moving into the seat of an A/Fuel dragster.

Points standings 5/3/05

Top Alcohol Dragster
Point Standings
Position Driver Points N/D
01 Ashley Force 358 4/3
02 Aaron Olivarez 295 4/3
03 Chris Demke 232 2/2
04 Randy Meyer 226 2/2
05 Duane Shields 211 3/2
06 Jeff Wilson 208 3/2
07 Steve Federlin 176 2/1
08 Robert Perkins 170 2/2
09 Edwin Schmeeckle 164 2/2
10 Hillary Will 149 2/0
11 Ben Harper 137 2/2
11 Darryl Hitchman 137 2/2
13 Arthur Allen 116 1/1
14 Mike Austin 115 2/2
14 Gene Snow 115 2/2
16 Guy Kelly 106 1/1
16 Joey Severance 106 2/0
18 Dave Hirata 95 1/1
18 James Thompson Jr 95 1/2
20 Todd Datweiler 85 0/1
20 Shelly Howard 85 0/1
22 Karl Brounkowski 84 1/2
23 Larry Miersch 83 2/2
24 Lee Callaway 74 1/1
24 Ken Perry 74 1/1
24 Bill Reichert 74 1/1
24 Jeff Veale 74 1/1
28 Jack Beckman 73 2/1
28 Arthur Gallant 73 2/0
28 Carl Magee 73 1/2
31 Mark Niver 62 2/2
32 Johnny Ahten 61 2/2
32 Dan Mercier 61 1/1
34 Michael Gunderson 53 1/0
35 Jon Capps 52 2/0
35 Jeffrey Isbell 52 1/1
35 Robin Samsel 52 1/2
38 Kevin Brown 51 2/1
38 Vitali Kazakevich 51 1/2
38 Brandon Pierce 51 1/2
41 Jeff Bohr 43 0/1
41 William Zivkovich 43 0/1
43 Dick Garlets 42 0/2
43 Ron Griffis 42 1/1
43 Randy Johnson 42 1/0
46 Greg Tacke 41 2/0
47 Wayne Morris 40 1/1
48 Don Fiorelli 32 0/1
48 Clifford Whitley 32 0/1
50 Mark Albert 31 1/0

Top Alcohol Funny Car
Point Standings
Position Driver Points N/D
01 Tate Branch 297 3/2
02 Jay Payne 264 4/1
03 Steve Gasparrelli 244 2/2
04 Dennis Taylor 190 2/2
05 Jimmy Jones 159 1/2
06 Bob Newberry 149 2/0
07 Mark Billington 128 1/1
07 Jackie Stidham 128 1/2
09 Doug Gordon 127 2/2
09 David Ray 127 2/0
11 Steve Burck 117 1/2
11 Larry Miner 117 1/1
13 Frank Manzo 116 2/0
13 Danny Townsend 116 1/1
15 Cy Chesterman 115 3/0
15 Johann Wernhart 115 2/2
17 Bret Williamson 105 2/2
18 Mark Woznichak 104 2/2
19 Richard Mc Clain 96 0/2
Congrats to all winners at the Ennis track this last weekend - we wish we could have been there!!
We are in the process of moving our family owned business from Red Oak to Waxahachie and are building a new building on old Hwy 77 - just a block east of 35E south of town. We hope to be moved in by the end of June (God willing and it doesn't rain any more). As those of you that are small team like ours (family owned and run, with no sponsor) work must come before play. We hope to back on the track by the 2nd half of the year.
You all stay safe and we'll see ya at the starting line.
Angela Copeland
Dave Densmore Mandie Yorio Lori Anne Gola
Denswood Sports John Force Racing, Inc. BP Lubricants/Castrol Racing
817-636-2060 714-921-8123 973-633-2393

Team Castrol Pre-Race Package/Ashley

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Points Leader Goes After First 2005 Win

DALLAS, Texas – There may be a Funny Car in her future, but right now Ashley
Force is enjoying a less obstructed view from the cockpit of the Castrol/Hot Wheels
dragster in which she is seeking the Top Alcohol Dragster championship at this week's
Lucas Sportsman Series event at Billy Meyer's Texas Motorplex.

Although she is in only her second full season on the NHRA circuit, the 22-year-
old is no stranger to success at the Motorplex where she won last September's O'Reilly Fall Nationals en route to fourth place in the national driver standings.

Her 2004 performance, which included three victories in the season's final five races, led to speculation that the former high school cheerleader might wind up in one of her father's Castrol-back Ford Funny Cars sooner rather than later.

Nevertheless, the graduate of California State University-Fullerton insists that there is no timetable for her integration into an NHRA POWERade Series over which her father, John Force, has reigned for 13 of the last 15 seasons.

"Dad wants me to decide (when it's time to move up)," Ms. Force said. "Sometimes I think I'm ready right now, but other times I know I'm right where I should be. There's no need to rush."

The reigning Top Alcohol Dragster Champion in a region composed of Texas,
Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, Ashley is the latest
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Callaway looking to turn up the heat in Dallas

ENNIS, Texas - Former NHRA Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Lee Callaway will looking to use some of his sponsor's Tejano Salsa to turn up the heat on the competition during this weekend's Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at the famed Texas Motorplex, just south of Dallas. With hot conditions appearing to be the achilles heel of the injected-nitro cars, Callaway, the lone blown alcohol car left in Division 4, hope to find the combination of hot racing action on the track with hot Tejano Salsa for the racers to 'sample' in the pit.

For Callaway, from Baytown, Texas, this will be his first outing in Division 4 competition this year. After missing the season opener at Houston Raceway Park, the team debuted at the O'Reilly Spring Nationals held there. Despite losing in the first round, Callaway feels his team made many strides in the right direction.

"We didn't kill the world in Houston," explained Callaway. "But we did find some major problems in the clutch department we fought all of last year. We went from literally shaking the body off the car last year to getting down the track, and got back into the 5.40's. That's nothing to jump up and down about, but we're back heading in the right direction. Now that we feel like we can get down the track, we're going to make a few test laps on Thursday in Dallas to see if we can step it up some."

"We're going to get some special Habanero Reserve sauce made by Tejano Salsa and try to heat it up for the A/Fuelers," joked Callaway. "If they can't handle the heat, they can always come by the trailer and get some 'Texas Mild' sauce. If they get too far out of line, I may just have to take my blower belt off."

Qualifying starts on Friday for the...
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Branch looking for two in a row in Dallas

ENNIS, Texas - Former three-time NHRA Division 4 Top Alcohol Funny Car Champion Tate Branch will be looking to stay perfect in Division 4 competition this year during this weekend's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at the famed Texas Motorplex just south of Dallas. Branch opened the year with a win in the Bar's Leaks Repair-It/ Branch-Etterman Racing Camaro, and would love to make it two-in-a-row this weekend.

Branch, from Artesia, N.M., is certifiably 'hot' coming into the race. He not only enters the race with one divisional win under his belt, but is fresh off a runner-up finish at the Nationals in Las Vegas. Armed with what they call the 'Big Mo' in football, Branch and team hope to keep their momentum going this weekend.

"We want to keep things going this weekend," said Branch. "I also want to put that redlight in the Vegas final behind me as well, and give the field something else to talk about. We're all pretty excited; the hot rod is running pretty well right now. But first things first, we have to go out there on Friday and qualify. Making a strong run out of the trailer is a pretty big priority to us."

Currently third in national points and first in Division 4 points, Branch and team realize this is only one more step in a long battle ahead.

"I'm sure it's going to be a long tough battle this year in Division 4," stated Branch. "Jackie [Stidham] and the guys over there are real tough, and they can show up and win any race. Then you got guys like Richard McClain, Kebin Kinsley and Jimmy Jones all coming on strong of late, it's going to be a real dogfight all year long."

Qualifying begins on Friday for the alcohol cars with one qualifier, followed by two more sessions on...
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Thomas made the most of the opportunity he was presented when two-time reigning points champion
Rob Atchison, winner of he season-opener at San Antonio, Texas, was beaten in the first round
for the second straight year"
"The car's fast," Thomas said, "(and) it's not hurting anything. It was a good weekend for

Despite Atchison's problems, Thomas said the points race is far from over. In fact, the
five-time former series champion (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994 and 2001) predicted that the new
eight-car lineup will make the championship chase a lot more interesting.

"Once you get qualified, the eight-car field is great," he said, "as long as you're one of the
eight guys. T'he only real adjustment you have to make is not chewing your fingers to the bone
during qualifying.

"Once race day is here, you've got really tough races every round. I really like it. I think
it's neat. Any one of those eight cars can win the whole thing (and) that will make a really
interesting year.

"I'll predict that sometime over the course of the year one of the op cars, whether it's me or
Rob, will not qualify for a race. Maybe all of us. We've got a lot of good competition (and) I
think it's making excellent racing."


ROUND ONE -- Tony Bogolo, Ford Mustang, 5.874, 231.52 def. Rob Atchison, Pontiac Firebird,
24.557, 20.95; Mark Thomas, Dodge Avenger, 5.801, 241.37 def. Terry Munroe, Firebird, 5.875,
238.17; Chris Foster, Avenger, 5.858, 238.09 def. Thomas Carter, Chevy Camaro, 6.169, 180.16;
Melinda Green-King, Avenger, 5.931, 235.68...
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.