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."

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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 www.shellyhowardracing.com

[ 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. maybe...lol :rolleyes:
Plumbing Concepts Racing

Accelerated Motorsports

Media relations

For Immediate Release March 6, 2004

Contact: Randy Fish

Email: randy@zoompromo-media.com

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
Email: mark@colorscans.com

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...
Top Alcohol Dragster
Point Standings
Position Driver Points N/D
01 Chris Demke 116 1/1
02 Ashley Force 113 1/1
03 Ben Harper 96 1/1
04 Arthur Allen 85 0/1
04 Steve Federlin 85 1/0
06 Robert Perkins 74 1/1
07 Edwin Schmeeckle 71 1/1
08 Guy Kelly 64 0/1
08 Hillary Will 64 1/0
10 Larry Miersch 63 1/1
10 Duane Shields 63 1/1
12 William Zivkovich 43 0/1
13 Jack Beckman 42 1/1
13 Jon Capps 42 1/0
13 Joey Severance 42 1/0
13 Jeff Wilson 42 1/0
17 Mike Austin 41 1/1
17 Aaron Olivarez 41 1/1
19 Don Fiorelli 32 0/1
19 Richard Garlets 32 0/1
19 Ron Griffis 32 0/1
19 Robin Samsel 32 0/1
23 Kevin Brown 31 1/0
23 Greg Tacke 31 1/0
25 Wayne Morris 30 0/1
26 Johnny Ahten 20 1/1
26 Mark Niver 20 1/1
28 Jason Cannon 10 0/1
28 Bill Evans 10 0/1
28 Jeffrey Isbell 10 0/1
28 Matt Seltzer 10 1/0
28 Dennis Swearingen 10 1/0

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
04 Steve Gasparrelli 74 1/1
04 Doug Gordon 74 1/1
06 Mark Billington 64 0/1
06 Brian Hough 64 1/0
08 Bret Williamson 63 1/1
09 Mark Hentges 53 1/0
09 Kirk Kuhns 53 1/1
11 Johann Wernhart 52 1/1
11 Marc White 52 1/1
13 Ron August Jr 42 1/0
14 Bil Gallio 41 1/1
14 Mark Woznichak 41 1/1
16 John Alberigi III 33 0/1
17 Sean Bellemeur 32 0/1
17 John Patton 32 0/1
19 Bob Gallio 31 1/0
19 Bernie Harrington 31 1/0
19 Mert Littlefield 31 1/0
19 John Weaver 31 1/0
23 Shawn Jones 30 0/1
24 Don Hudson 10 1/0
24 Rian Konno 10 0/1
ASHLEY QUALIFIES NO. 1, BUT SETTLES FOR RUNNER-UP AT PHOENIX
Demke Takes Top Alcohol Dragster Final by .006 of a Second

PHOENIX, Ariz. – By a tantalizingly close .006 of a second, Ashley Force and the Castrol/Hot Wheels dragster had to settle for runner-up honors in Sunday’s opening race in the 2005 NHRA Lucas Sportsman Drag Racing Series at Firebird Raceway.

Ms. Force, the No. 1 qualifier for the Southwest Division (Division 7) opener at 5.452 seconds, was beaten in the final by Chris Demke of Sunland, Calif., in a classic battle between cars using different engine combinations.

Demke, driving a supercharged, alcohol-burning entry, used a .047-.058 starting line advantage to make a slightly slower 5.473 second quarter mile a winner against the 5.468 posted by the non-supercharged, nitromethane-fueled dragster driven by Force and owned by Jerry Darien and Ken Meadows.

It was a disappointing, though far from catastrophic, result for the 22-year-old Force who, after finishing fourth in last year’s Lucas national driver standings is poised this year to make a run at the championship.

The daughter of 13-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force, Ashley also is trying to repeat as the South Central Division (Division 4) champion in the Top Alcohol Dragster class. Her next regional appearance will be in a Division 4 race at Houston, Texas, this weekend.

Last year, in addition to three regional victories, Ashley won NHRA national events at Indianapolis, Ind., Dallas, Texas and Pomona, Calif.

Ironically, John Force won the Checker/Schuck’s/Kragen Nationals at Phoenix just one week ago, beating Ron Capps by only .019 of a second.

Anaheim’s Dennis Taylor beat Steve Gasparrelli of West Covina to win the Top Alcohol Funny Car title and Vinnie Deceglie of Alta Loma won in Competition Eliminator. Because of rain delays that wiped out Saturday qualifying, racing in Super Stock, Stock and three other categories continued late Sunday.

get agate...
The upcoming Funny Car team of TNT Motorsports will be displaying the new TORCO Terror Funny Car at the Detroit Autorama held at Cobo Hall this weekeng. "The purpose of the trip is to promote the WAR Motown Showdown to be held at Milan Dragway this summer" sats Tim Stevens, driver of the beautiful TORCO Terror. This show is HUGE drawing as many as 150,000 potential fans to this great event. TORCO Race Fuels and the rest of our sponsors (see www.tntmotorsports.net) will also benefit from us attending this off season event.
Hoosier Thunder Motorsports and the Amalie Oil InstiGator Funny Car Team Race Forward With Heflick and Walczak

March 02, 2005

Elkhart, IN - Hoosier Thunder Motorsports owners, Rhonda and Terry Mc Millen, announced that Tad "TV" Heflick has been promoted to Co-Crew Chief and Jim Walczak has been added to its Marketing and Promotions department.

[​IMG]Heflick will partner with Co-Crew Chief, Brent "Skinny" Ligard, turning wrenches for the three-car team, featuring the Amalie Oil InstiGator Funny Car, powered by Torco Race Fuels. "Tad has been a strong asset to our team and is a remarkable person," commented Rhonda Mc Millen. "Tad and Brent did an outstanding job last year. I know that they will continue to build on that success and take Hoosier Thunder Motorsports up another level," added Terry.

Heflick has been an accomplished Hoosier Thunder
Motorsports member since 2004. He also attended JT Engineering's Drag Bike School in 2002 where he secured an NHRA competition license. "I'm prepared to meet the challenges ahead of me and this team. I'm confident that "Skinny" and I will be able to put a powerful "go pedal" under Terry's foot in order to bring home the "Iron Men" this season."

[​IMG]The team also announced the addition of Jim Walczak to its Marketing and Promotions department. While working closely with Rhonda Mc Millen, Walczak will be responsible for the team website(HoosierThunder.com) and new Sponsor Development. "Jim brings a lot of tools and experience to our team. His background in publishing and marketing will give us the opportunity to grow our team and add a Fuel car in the future," commented Terry.

Walczak added, "I'm excited about working with Hoosier Thunder Motorsports. These guys do a magnificent job performing for their partners and sponsors. I'm looking forward to developing a strategic...