May 10, 2005

World Alcohol Racers

Mike Husen – President
616-844-6903 fax

The WAR Thunder Nationals is slated to be the “Largest Independent Drag Race” in Michigan.

West Olive, Michigan May 10, 2005 – More then 35 racecars are pre entered in the WAR Thunder Nationals to be held at the U.S.131 Motorsports Park in Martin Michigan. A capacity crowd will be on hand to witness the “Largest fields of Pro Cars ever” for the Thunder Nationals. Stars from NHRA, IHRA and WAR will be doing battle with Alcohol Dragsters, Alcohol Funny Cars and Pro Modifieds in two rounds of open qualifying to get into the 8 car fields. The ESPN 2 cameras will be on hand to film the final rounds to be aired on the television program Inside Drag Racing and Pat Davidson’s Jet Ambulance will make exhibition passes. Evan Knoll will be on hand to add to the Thunder with his 300 mile-per-hour Torco Racing Fuels Top Fuel Dragster. An autograph session is scheduled where fans can get up close and personal while posing for pictures with their favorite drivers. Fans can also stroll through the huge manufacturer’s midway where national and local vendors will have their goods for sale. A fantastic fireworks display will round off the evening of this great family entertainment package.

Gates open at 11 with pro qualifying at 1 and 4.

Autograph session at 5 with the first round scheduled for 7.

Tickets are $20 with children 6-12 $7 and 5 and under free.

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May 7, 2005 – Dothan Dragway hosted the Pro Top Outlaws for the first time this season. Great weather and plenty of fans turned out to watch quick times and some great side by side passes. Unfortunately, early season bugs and a few broken parts during qualifying left only six cars for elimination’s on Saturday night, but those six participants put on a great race. Brian Decker of Louisville, Kentucky qualified number one and ran the table by defeating number two qualifier Tom Mueller of Cincinnati, Ohio in the finals. Decker also recorded low E.T. and top speed of the event with a 3.89@185.92mph blast. Congratulations to team Decker; as well as, the entire crew at Dothan Dragway for an outstanding event. Next race is May 29th in Dorchester, South Carolina.


1. Brian Decker Louisville, KY Chevy /Spitzer 3.94 178.52

2. Tom Mueller Cincinnati, OH Chevy/Spitzer 4.06 173.64

3. Toby Chapman Duncan, SC Hemi/Spitzer 4.09 178.67

4. Brandon Booher Tolono, IL Hemi/Spitzer 4.26 168.09

5. Curt Johansen Richfield, NC Hemi/Spitzer 4.29 164.91

6. Gary Watters Whitley City, KY Chevy/Gordy 4.30 167.86

7. Tim Bragg Valley View, OH Hemi/Spitzer DNQ

8. Jack Heslink Sachse, TX Hemi/BOS DNQ

Round One

W - Gary Watters .465 4.140 171.64
L – Brandon Booher .519 4.177 171.26

Both of these cars were off their usual pace in qualifying but they both stepped it up for the first round with Gary getting the jump on the line and the win.

W – Toby Chapman...
Elkhart, IN - Terry Mc Millen and his Amalie Oil InstiGator Funny Car powered by TORCO Race Fuels returns to the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan to defend his Thunder National title. The May 14 event is sanctioned by World Alcohol Racers (WAR) and sponsored by TORCO Racing Fuels, the official racing fuel of the IHRA and WAR.

"We are expecting an all-out assault, a war and we're not taking prisoners! We expect to leave Martin victorious," explained Mc Millen. The Thunder National WAR will be re-televised on ESPN2 and Inside Drag Racing. "The U.S. 131 Motorsports Park is an outstanding racing facility and this event brings out some of the toughest competition in Alcohol Funny Car. We're excited to defend our title, not only for the competition and the fans, but also to support our sponsors and their strong relationship with this facility. We consider this facility to be our home track." The 2004 Thunder National win propelled Mc Millen to a semi-final appearance later that season at the IHRAs 23rd Annual TORCO Racing Fuels Northern Nationals and a career best 3rd place points finish on the IHRA circuit.

The U.S. 131 Motorsports Park, one of the nations premiere drag racing facilities, announced earlier this year it would become official distributors of Amalie Oil. Torco Racing Fuels has be providing a complete line of racing fuels for many years. "I've always said that the Hoosier Thunder Motorsports team has some of the best partners in the business, this just solidifies that," said Mc Millen. "This means all year long racers in Martin can get the same quality TORCO Racing Fuel and Amalie Oil that we use in the InstiGator."

The Hoosier Thunder Motorsports team races with top tiered, high performance companies like Amalie Oil, TORCO Racing Fuels, Flatout Gaskets, NGK Spark Plugs, MSD, Performance Graphics, Powershield Coatings and Crane Cams.

Tickets for the Thunder Nationals are available from World Alcohol Racers...
Callaway Racing
media relations

For Immediate Release
May 3, 2005
Contact: Will Hanna/ Pro Race Communications

Callaway reaches semifinals despite clutch problems

BAYTOWN, Texas - Former NHRA Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Lee Callaway reached the semifinals of this past weekend's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at the Texas Motorplex just south of Dallas despite fighting persistent clutch problems and destroying an engine in qualifying. Nevertheless, Callaway is optimistic looking forward after this race.

Callaway, from Baytown, Texas, qualified his Stacy McLemore tuned machine sixth with a 5.494 second elapsed time at 255.92 mph. Qualifying was a feat in itself. During the second qualifying session, Callaway had a major engine explosion that forced the team to change engines for the final qualifying session. Adding pressure to the situation was the fact the team was sitting precariously in the eighth position of an eight car field going into the final session. Despite the adversity, the Tejano Salsa/ team pulled together to nab the sixth spot with the lone blown alcohol dragster in the field.

In round one, Callaway used a stellar .022 reaction time (.000 is perfect) to defeat heavy-hitter and drag race legend Gene Snow on a holeshot with a 5.567 at 256.41 mph to Snow's quicker-but-later 5.565 at 227.92 mph. Callaway's semifinal opponent would be No. 2 qualifier and recent Mac Tools Gatornationals winner Aaron Olivarez. The race was over before it started as Callaway left too soon drawing disqualification. However, Callaway slowed to a 5.614 at 255.05 mph while Olivarez ran a stellar 5.394 at 261.72 mph.

"We thought we had our clutch problem figured out after Houston," said Callaway. "We fixed one problem only to find out we had two, and it's just driving through the clutch. We put a considerable amount of clutch in it for the second round, and it actually...
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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
Callaway Racing
Tejano Salsa/
media relations

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May 27, 2005
Contact: Will Hanna/ Pro Race Communications

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...
Bar's Leaks Motorsports
Branch-Etterman Racing
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May 27, 2005
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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...