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...
ParkerTech Racing Services

NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car

For Immediate Release:

March 31, 2005

Now Appearing…

Milford, Michigan – ParkerTech Racing Services made a dramatic appearance at the recent 36th Annual Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals, in Gainesville, Florida. For their 2005 NHRA season opener, Frank Parker, team owner, and his crew rolled out an un-announced brand new Dodge Stratus Top Alcohol Funny Car – under the banner of VIPsports, their new sponsor.

Parker explained the low keyed debut: “Our team has always performed well on a very limited budget. VIPsports recognized that and believed we could do even better with proper support. With little time to prepare for our first race together, we agreed it would be better to forego the promotions and concentrate on the car.” And that concentration paid off.

The moment it came off the trailer, the VIPsports Dodge Stratus Top Alcohol Funny Car began promoting itself. With a Dodge Stratus top fuel body, and McKinney alcohol chassis built specifically for the body, it is the first such purpose-built car in TAFC. That feature, and the swoopy VIPsports paint scheme, quickly made the car a favorite of fans and the talk of the pits.

With no track time on the new car, the team was disappointed at losing one qualifying session to rain. On the very first pass, the car got loose and driver Danny Townsend had to shut off early. The second pass was better, but a plug wire failure limited the team to a 5.796, at 248.13 mph, and the tenth qualifying spot. Townsend commented that, “Two poor runs usually bother me, but not this time, not with all the pent-up performance I could feel in the car.”

When the first elimination round went green, Townsend left Mick Snyder behind, with a .068 reaction time. But Snyder had a little more low-end grunt and countered Townsend’s advantage. Townsend found his grunt on the fast end of the track and almost put Snyder away. The VIPsports Dodge Stratus missed a second round...
Torco Race Fuels Motorsports
Wilson Racing
media relations

For Immediate Release April 4, 2005
Contact: Mark Rowe / Wilson Racing

Wilson Racing looking to bounce back at Baytown!

Winfield, Mo., - This weekend's NHRA / POWERADE Drag Racing Series event, the O'Reilly Auto Parts Nationals at Houston Motorsports Park, Baytown, Texas April 7th-10th is in the fourth stop for the TORCO Race Fuels / Wilson Racing Team for 2005.

The Torco Race Fuels / Wilson Racing Team is looking to improve after finishing as runner-up at the Division 4 opener at this same facility only four weeks ago. "We smoked the tires in the finals and gave it away". stated Wilson."We have been looking forward to returning to Houston this weekend in the hopes of another opportunity to earn a win".

"We really need to step it up this weekend for many reasons. We want to remain in the top 10 in the NHRA / POWERADE Drag Racing Series and we are currently 6th in the Nation. Not to mention the fact that this weekend is our last event prior to the Division 3 opener at Indianapolis Raceway Park. We won that event last year and that is a great way to make another run at the Points Championship in one of, if not the toughest Division in the country." stated Wilson.

"We have had our fair share of problems this year but have continued to be competitive and that is due to Team work. I have said it before and I will say it again, this sport is all about Team work and we are fortunate to have a great team that works well together while having a lot of fun all at the same time.", stated Wilson. "This year we want to keep going strong and there is no better place than the Divisional opener in Indy to keep the season on a positive note".

We appreciate all the support we continue receive from all of our sponsors week after week." commented Wilson. (Torco Race Fuels, STARCON, Spitzer Race Cars and Composites, Mickey...
Plumbing Concepts Racing
Accelerated Motorsports
Media Relations

For Immediate Release April 3, 2005

Contact: Randy Fish

Tucson Tricky, Heavy Hearts Abound

ANAHEIM, CA — Going into this past weekend’s Lucas Oil Series Division 7 event, NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car racer, Dennis Taylor, was anticipating the opportunity to compete on a fresh racing surface in Tucson. Following Thursday’s testing for Mickey Thompson Tires and the culmination of qualifying from Friday and Saturday, anticipation quickly turned to consternation. The new asphalt portion of the racing surface proved treacherous, at best, and by most accounts it was similar to racing on an ice skating rink. Taylor’s three qualifying attempts were consistent, but not up to the Plumbing Concepts Team’s expectations. Dennis ran 5.938, 5.935, and 5.951 seconds, landing in the number six position to start Sunday’s Eliminations.

When race day dawned, a pall was cast over Tucson International Raceway, as competitors learned of a tragic testing accident in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday that claimed the life of Top Alcohol Dragster driver Shelly Howard and that of her son Brian. Dennis Taylor and his entire team were terribly shaken by the news and pass along their heartfelt condolences to Dr. Paul Howard, daughters Jennifer and Tracy, Tuner, Tom Conway, and Shelly’s entire family.

The racing fraternity in Tucson was forced to grit its collective teeth and report to the staging lanes when called upon Sunday. That was a bit more difficult for Dennis Taylor, since he’s devoted his career to manufacturing racing safety equipment and his long list of valued friends stretches across all racing disciplines. The Plumbing Concepts Camaro prevailed in its Round 1 match-up with Brett Williamson, as Taylor left first, remained consistent, and recorded a 5.92-second victory to Brett’s fine 5.98.

Round 2 saw familiar foes...
I Heard through the grapevine that Mike Gunderson is going Top Fuel racing & that gators was the last race for his 280 MPH Hadman (which is for sale).Good Luck to Mike & Nancy
These results were taken from the ETMRA website.

1st session: Half pass for Capewell. Deuchar loses blower belt in burnout.
2nd session: Ripley loses blower belt in burnout. Oil leak for Capewell, who smokes through top end.
3rd session: Deuchar suffers very bad shake off line and loses blower belt.
4th session: New Personal bests for Ripley and Capewell. Wilson runs 5.66 in spite of tyreshake.
First round: Oildown and new PB for Deuchar. New PB for losing Ripley.
Semi-final: New Championship ET record for Turner. Wilson faster but outside the 1% required for backup.
Final: Turner away first, but Wilson powers past for the win and a new Championship record

MSA British Drag Racing Championship - Thunderball 2005
Lane Driver RT 60ft
ET 330ft
ET 1/8
ET 1/8
MPH 990ft
ET 1/4
ET 1/4
Qualifying - First session
L Trevor Capewell 0. . . . . . 9.276 85.34
R Lindsay Deuchar
Qualifying - Second session
L Dave Wilson 0.242 1.527 4.054 6.399 92.19 . 11.860 74.87
R Steph Milam 0.575 1.626 4.931 7.376 85.89 . 14.266 53.32
L Rob Turner 0.634 1.380 3.564 5.399 119.47 . 9.751 88.61
R Doug Ripley
L Trevor Capewell 0.430 1.037 2.723 4.073 182.88 . 6.261 211.24
R Lindsay Deuchar 0.452 1.032 2.655 4.264 139.75 . 7.820 114.43
Qualifying - Third session
L Steph Milam 0. . . . . . 9.282 .
R Doug Ripley 0. . . . . . 7.352 .
L Lindsay Deuchar 0. . . . . . 16.417 .
R Rob Turner 0. . . . . . 5.893 .
Qualifying - Fourth session
L Dave Wilson 0.258 0.938 2.471 3.704 199.84 . 5.667 243.38
R Steph Milam 1.003 1.175 2.932 4.303 181.57 . 6.431 230.56
L Doug Ripley 0.273 1.261 2.933 4.328 176.52 . 6.592 196.54
R Trevor Capewell 1.391 1.001 2.689 4.064 179.09 . 6.206 229.32

Final qualifying positions

Position Driver 1/4
ET 1/4
MPH Points
1 Dave Wilson 5.667 243.38 8
2 Rob Turner 5.893 114.43 7
3 Trevor Capewell 6.206 229.32 6
4 Steph Milam 6.431 230.56 5
5 Doug Ripley 6.592 196.54 4
6 Lindsay Deuchar 7.820 114.43 4

Due to heavy rains, and forecasts of more of the same, the Gainesville Div. 2 LODRS event has been rescheduled to August 5 & 6. The fields are set in TAD/TAFC. Each class will get one time trial.
For Immediate Release

Jay Blake
Follow A Dream, Inc.

Follow A Dream, Inc. Returns to Racing Action at the NHRA MAC Tools Gatornationals

CENTERVILLE, Mass., March 22, 2005 – Follow A Dream, Inc., a non-profit organization that inspires youth and adults with the power of positive thinking and self-determination, kicked off it’s 2005 racing season at the NHRA Mac Tools Gaternationals in Gainesville Florida by running within .05 seconds of the current NHRA National Record, and setting the fastest time during eliminations.

The NHRA Gaternationals is the first National Event east of the Mississippi and know for its tough competition and unpredictable weather. Well this year was no exception especially for the Follow A Dream race team. The first two days of the event were hamper by rain and temperatures that reached below freezing at times, preventing any racing the first two days. When the sun arrived the Follow A Dream Team was ready earning a top five qualifying position on Saturday and continuing to take that performance into Sunday. On Sunday the team recorded a career best run of 5.56 seconds @ 258 mph, a run that held as the fastest run during eliminations. Unfortunately in the in the quarter finals the car experienced violent tire shake, driver Dave Ray attempted to complete the run but had to abort when the car became too close to the centerline, which allowed Jay Payne, last years second highest points earner nationally, to get by the Follow A Dream car for the win. ESPN will air this race and an interview with Dave and Jay on April 6. The ABC affiliate in Gainesville also did a spotlight on Jay that aired regionally during the event. The team’s next race is the NHRA O’Rielly Auto Parts Spring Nationals in Houston Texas April 8th through the 12th. This race is in conjunction with the southwestern leg of Jay Blake’s Follow A Dream “Tools for Life’s Success” speaking tour.

Bar's Leaks Motorsports
Branch-Etterman Racing
media relations

For Immediate Release
March 23, 2005
Contact: Will Hanna/ Pro Race Communications

Branch loses close one in quarterfinals

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - After coming into this past weekend's Mac Tools Gatornationals hot off a win in Houston, Tate Branch and the Bar's Leaks Repair It/ Branch-Etterman Racing team lost a close race in the quarterfinals on Sunday. Not discouraged, the team is ready to pick up and do battle at their next race in Houston.

Branch, from Artesia, N.M., qualified the Bar's Leaks Repair It Camaro third in the stout field with a solid 5.564 at 257.58 mph. He then ran a 5.704 in round one to defeat Jeff McCulloch. In his quarterfinal match with Mick Snyder, Branch jumped out to a huge .015 to .113 holeshot, but encountered heavy tire shake and slowed to a 5.789 at 253.79 mph to be edged out by a mere .009 of a second by Snyder's quicker-but-later 5.682 at 250.76 mph.

"We just missed the call on the tune-up," stated Branch. "The track was better than we thought it was. The car was really running strong all weekend. We should be able to bounce back into the .50's in Houston. We're all looking forward to that race."

The next race for the Bar's Leaks Repair It/ Branch-Etterman team will be the O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park, April 15-17. Two weeks ago, Branch won the Lucas Oil Series divisional held there.

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Ashley Force Crowned “Favorite Real Woman of Hot Rodding”

YORBA LINDA, CALIF. – Hot Rod Magazine readers have crowned second-generation racer Ashley Force as their “Favorite Real Woman of Hot Rodding”.

Force, who was featured in the April 2005 issue of the magazine along side of ten other female racers, most of which race car drivers, was delighted to win. “I am surprised and excited that I won. It’s great to be a part of the rising number of women pushing our way into racing,” said the 22-year old.

Out of 15,000 + votes Force, the daughter of 13-Time Funny Car Champion, John Force, has 6800 votes and the poles aren’t closed yet.

The first 500 readers to cast their vote on will receive a full-sized poster of female Force.

Coming off of a runner up finish at the Mac Tools Gatornationals, the California State University – Fullerton graduate is set to compete her 3,000 horsepower A/Fuel dragster sponsored by Castrol, Hot Wheels, AAA, Ford and Mac Tools in the 18th Annual O’Reilly Spring Nationals in Houston, Tex., April 8 – 10.

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