Plumbing Concepts Racing
Accelerated Motorsports
Media Relations

For Immediate Release April 17, 2005
Contact: Randy Fish

Tough Conditions in the Desert

ANAHEIM, CA — The desert southwest once again provided a host of challenges for Dennis Taylor’s Plumbing Concepts Team during the NHRA Nationals. The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway played host to hot temperatures and single-digit humidity with nothing but a blazing sun to heat the racing surface. In spite of it all, the Plumbing Concepts Top Alcohol Funny Car blasted through qualifying in fine fashion. Friday’s attempts painted a picture of consistency, as Dennis posted a 5.79 second run at 246.80 mph and a 5.74 at 248.52. That was quite an accomplishment, as track temperatures soared to almost 130 degrees.

The desert dished up even more heat on Saturday, as the air temperature rose into the upper 80s. After checking his weather instruments before the last qualifying session, Crew Chief Ora Vasquez noted, “It’ll be difficult to go any quicker today.” As a result, the final qualifying shot produced a safe 5.81 at 245.27. The ultimate plan seemed to come together, as the Plumbing Concepts Camaro ended up in the number six position when qualifying wrapped up. Analyzing the progress on Saturday afternoon, Dennis said, “We’re very pleased with our consistency and being in the top half of the field shows we’re in the game. This is an extremely tough group of cars here. Even the guys who missed the cut are all serious contenders at every race they enter.”

It was early evening when the Top Alcohol Dragsters kicked off eliminations, leaving the Funny Cars to run in slightly cooler air while the blistering track temperature also began to level off. Taylor was in the third pair of Alcohol Funny Cars, as defending Lucas Oil Series Champion Cy Chesterman and strong runner Tate Branch both advanced in...
Girl Power Racing scores first ever national event win at the NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas. The team is off to a strong start this season winning seven out of eight rounds contested. They have also qualified on the pole for two out of two races this year.

The dragster was strong through qualifying and four rounds of competition. The Bucky Austin-tuned Girl Power dragster ran low 5.40’s all weekend. They had the lowest ET and top speed of the entire Top Alcohol field. “I think everyone was a little surprised when we ran nearly 267 MPH in the heat of the day when the corrected altitude was 4800 ft.” Will also noted that the Red Line Oil that they use allows them to consistently turn high speeds without hurting any parts.

The key race came in the final round when they paired up against Joey Severance. “I know that the Severance team is tough and Joey is a good driver. We had no margin for error.” In front of a capacity crown the Girl Power Dragster took the stripe by about a car length and a half.

“I pulled up to the starting line and there were so many people. My crew had done their job and it was my turn to do mine. I love pressure situations; I have to stay focused and just do my job.”

Legendary drag racer Paula Murphy was with the Girl Power Team from start to finish. Murphy is a mentor and an inspiration to Will.

Will’s first win came at the same event that racing legend and team owner Don Prudhomme scored his 100th career win. “We only need 99 more wins and we will tie Prudhomme.”
Mc Millen's Amalie Oil InstiGator Teams Up With NAPA At The "Rock"

Rockingham, NC - Terry Mc Millen and the Amalie Oil InstiGator Funny Car will team up with area Carolina NAPA dealers at IHRAs 35th Annual Spring Nationals contested April 22-24 at the Rockingham Dragway. Currently second in the IHRA Hooters Racing Series points race, Mc Millen, an IHRA fan favorite will be available to meet fans and sign autographs while the InstiGator funny car is on display from 10:00AM - 5:00PM this Thursday (April 21) at Barnes Motor & Parts Company in Rockingham. Barnes Motor & Parts Company is located at 728 East Broad Avenue.

"We had a lot of fun and success with this program in San Antonio," stated Mc Millen. "NAPA is quality parts and service and Amalie is 'better than it has to be'. I know I can find Amalie Oil for my car at area Carolina NAPA Auto Car Centers in Charlotte and High Point North Carolina and Columbia South Carolina." The InstiGator team is expecting over 300 NAPA associates at the Rockingham Dragway.

Last year, Mc Millen qualified sixth at "The ROCK" and raced to a semi final appearance at an event that saw three world records reset. "This may be the fastest racing surface we'll see all year," explained Mc Millen. "We're certainly excited about all of the NAPA folks that will be present to see this great race."

Mc Millen added, "Our success can be contributed to the outstanding help from companies like Amalie Oil, Torco Race Fuels, Flatout Gaskets, NGK Spark Plugs, MSD, Vintage Trailers, Performance Graphics, Powershield Coatings and Crane Cams, we couldn't do this without them."

Terry Mc Millen is a veteran IHRA driver. He and his wife Rhonda are team owners of Hoosier Thunder Motorsports, a multi-car drag racing team based in Elkhart, IN. Mc Millen, a fan favorite in the Hooters IHRA Drag Racing series, competes in the 12 IHRA events contested in the US and Canada. Terry and the InstiGator Funny Car are featured in...
For Immediate Release

Atchison and JET Equipment and Tools announce Partnership

London, Ontario “Back to Back” IHRA Funny Car World Champion Rob Atchison is pleased to announce the addition of JET Equipment & Tools Ltd., as official tool supplier to Atchison Racing. “JET Equipment and Tools have a 48 year history of providing Canadians with quality tools and equipment,” stated Rob Atchison. We join an established racing program that currently has IHRA Pro Mod racer Rick DiStefano and West Coast Pro Mod and former IHRA Pro Mod racer Glen May along with many other prominent teams.

“We are extremely happy and proud to be a part of Atchison Racing,” stated JET Equipment and Tools marketing director Bill Jeffery. We have been impressed with the Atchison Racing operation and their winning record for some time. Rob Atchison and the Atchison Racing Team are not only one of Canada’s most successful racing teams but great ambassadors for IHRA Drag Racing, Canada and now JET Equipment and Tools”.

. “Last year we qualified # 1 at the Spring Nationals on Friday and then I became extremely ill on Saturday with food poisoning” stated Rob Atchison. I was so sick the IHRA Medical Team had to give me IV’s to hydrate me. I never got another lap in the car to gain any data until Sunday when I was a little better but I lost in the first round to Chris Sipple after the car went into violent tire shake on launch. Mark Thomas won the race he widened his points lead to the point where we had to play “catch up” all year. I expect there to again be a huge car count in all classes at “The Rock” because Rockingham is a great facility. With the new track surface they have I can see Funny Car qualifying extremely tight for the new eight car field format. We had a lot of help from a lot of Funny Car teams including runner-up Terry McMillen and his crew at Texas just so we could make the final. In the heat of the moment I might not been able to individually to thank them all but they all...
Scelzi Doubles Pp in Vegas
Courtesy of Judy Stropus

LAS VEGAS -- Gary Scelzi will double up this weekend at the NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, driving his usual mount, the Mopar/Oakley Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car, in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, as well as an Alcohol Funny Car in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

"I'll be doing double duty and that's going to be exciting," said the three-time Top Fuel champion who is seeking his first Fuel Funny Car crown. "I haven't driven an Alcohol Funny Car in nine years, but the priority is the Mopar/Oakley Dodge. That's the car we need to win in and the other one is just fun. And it's only a one-race deal.

"I'm looking forward to this weekend. A lot of people from my hometown of Fresno will be here and it would be nice to make a move in the points," said Scelzi, who is 10th in the NHRA POWERade Funny Car point rankings after four races.

Scelzi is the only driver to have won in all four of NHRA's top classes - Top Fuel Dragster, Top Fuel Funny Car, Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car - and was in a battle for the Top Fuel Funny Car championship at the end of 2004. He admits he's having a slow start this season, having won only three rounds so far, after establishing his career-best speed and ET at the opening race, of 4.717 at 331.53 mph.

"Our Mopar/Oakley Dodge has been good all year," he said. "We've just had no racing luck. I'm not making any excuses. It'll change. I've seen these movies before."

Scelzi is the defending Funny Car champion of last season's second race at The Strip in October, where he beat John Force, against whom he still holds the lead in round wins, 9-7. Spring conditions this weekend just may match those of last fall.

"I'm assuming it's going to be pretty cool. Normally, it's still fairly cool in Vegas this time of year, even with the sun out. And we know we can run as hard as anybody," he said.

"Vegas is a great race track. We really...
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John Force Racing, Inc.

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Points Leader Following a Force-ful Path

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – It took Ashley Force half a season to get really
comfortable in the cockpit of the 275 mile-an-hour Castrol/Hot Wheels dragster she
began driving last season for Jerry Darien and Ken Meadows, the driver development
specialists whose alumni include current NHRA professionals Gary Scelzi, Brandon
Bernstein, Frank Pedregon and Morgan Lucas.

Once she achieved a comfort level, however, the 22-year-old daughter of drag racing legend John Force began winning with her father's documented precision.

The upshot is that the former high school cheerleader no longer can sign her autograph cards, "Ashley Force, zero wins," a takeoff on her dad's habit of
personalizing his own cards with the number of current victories in his record-breaking resume.

In fact, at her present pace, she might one day eclipse the elder Force's imposing records for tour victories (115) and series championships (13 and counting).

After all, Force didn't win his first race until he was 37. His daughter rolls into The
Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for this week's sixth annual
Nationals having already won three NHRA national events, albeit it in the Top Alcohol
Dragster division, the drag racing equivalent of NASCAR's Busch Series.

Like her father, she comes into the race as the national points leader in her class.
Nevertheless, despite her expanding performance portfolio (she has gone to the finals in five of the last eight POWERade tour events she has run), the future Force is in no hurry to move up in classification; nor is her dad anxious for her to do so.

"She still needs seat time," Force said. "Anybody can drive a car from A to B

"ROCK" Solid Determination For Mc Millen

Terry Mc Millen and the Amalie Oil InstiGator Funny Car, powered
by Torco Race Fuels, race into Rockingham North Carolina for the 35th
Annual IHRA Spring Nationals (April 22-24) with "rock" solid
determination for a win. Mc Millen brings the momentum of a final round
appearance at the Amaile Oil Texas Nationals contested earlier this
month in San Antonio.

The Rockingham Dragway ("The ROCK") is the second stop on the 12
race Hooters Racing Series and one of IHRAs fastest tracks. Last year's
race saw three world records reset during the event. "There's no doubt
that we'll see some great times and speeds at "The ROCK" again this
year," stated Mc Millen. "We're producing more horsepower than we ever
have with these Crane Cams, I expect we'll have some fast passes."

Just seven points out of first place, Mc Millen hopes to improve
on the best start of his Funny Car career. Last year, Mc Millen
qualified sixth at "The ROCK" and raced to a semi final appearance
before bowing out to event winner and 5-time IHRA Champion Mark Thomas.
Co-Crew Chief Tad "TV TAD" Heflick thinks his team is ready. "We're
working as hard as anyone right now." Fellow tuner, Co-Crew Chief Brent
"Skinny" Lidgard agrees, "We stayed in Texas an extra day just to test.
We've improved our 60ft times and that will pay dividends in

"The incremental improvements that we are seeing is very
encouraging and exciting," exclaimed team co-owner Rhonda Mc Millen.
"I'm not a fortune teller, but I see 'iron' in our future, " she said
(referring to the IHRA Iron Man trophy). "He can't elude us much

Terry Mc Millen added, "Our success can be contributed to the
outstanding help from companies like Amalie Oil, Torco Race Fuels,
Flatout Gaskets, NGK Spark Plugs, MSD, Vintage Trailers, Performance
Graphics, Powershield Coatings and Crane Cams, we couldn't do this
without them."

Plumbing Concepts Racing
Accelerated Motorsports
Media Relations

For Immediate Release April 13, 2005

Contact: Randy Fish

Taylor Hopes to Roll the Table in Las Vegas

ANAHEIM, CA — The NHRA Nationals will provide the second opportunity of 2005 for Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Dennis Taylor to compete on the national event stage. For some reason, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway hasn’t been particularly kind to the Plumbing Concepts Team in the last few years. Hopefully, that’ll change during the weekend’s racing action.

With the 2005 season in full stride, Dennis is second in the Lucas Oil Series Pacific Division 7 points standings and is currently tied for third in the national rankings. Taylor is coming off a non-racing weekend, though he was at the O’Reilly Spring Nationals in Houston filming technical features that will begin airing during Sunday’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series coverage on ESPN2. More segments are scheduled to be taped in Las Vegas, as Dennis enjoys explaining the interesting mechanical aspects of Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars.

Trackside, the primary cast of challengers has already become crystal clear for the 2005 charge and no less than 26 Top Alcohol Funny Cars are expected to wage war for the 16-car qualified field in Las Vegas. From last year’s “Who’s Who” list, 6 of the Top 10 cars are pre-entered, along with a host of players that are capable of winning on any given day. Forecasts call for sunny skies and light winds with temperatures in the low 80s throughout the entire event.

Though his semi-final finish at the recently completed Lucas Oil Series race in Tucson could still be considered a good outing, Dennis and his team received a great deal of media attention, in the local newspaper and national television. As Taylor prepares for each race, he’s very thankful for having such a loyal group of sponsors...
April 12, 2005

Press Release

Marty Thacker, owner and driver of the Rapid Transit Racing Top Alcohol Dragster, is pleased to announce that Torco Racing Fuels have agreed to be the featured marketing partner at the Indianapolis NHRA event held April 15 – 17, 2005. Torco Racing Fuels, of Decatur, Michigan, is the manufacturer of high performance racing and power products. Torco Racing Fuels is the engine builders & pros choice for extreme power and consistency of our blend stock.
Torco is the official fuel of IHRA Drag Racing as well as playing a very prominent part in NHRA Championship Drag Racing.
Evan Knoll, owner of Torco has really stepped up to support racers the last few years. As his business has grown, so has his generosity with the people of drag racing. Brian Pfifer, General Manager of Torco Racing Fuels, has stepped up in a big way, not only acting as the crew chief on Evan’s Top Fuel team, but also acting as the liason for all the other Torco Racing Fuels teams. “These guys are just a pleasure to work with” Marty commented.

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Worlds 1st 270 MPH Blown Alcohol Dragster
The 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999,
& 2001 U.D.R.A. World Champion.
The 2002 N.H.R.A. Jegs All-stars Champion.
The 2002 N.H.R.A. Division 2 Champion
Girl Power Contact: Hillary Will
(508) 212- 8455
P.R. Contact: Abigail Nelson
(508) 631-6774



The Girl Power Racing team, led by driver Hillary Will, is heading to Las Vegas this weekend with their Top Alcohol Dragster, hoping to finish in the winner’s circle at the NHRA Summit Racing Nationals. This race will be the teams’ fifth ever national event start. After Will’s performance in the season opener in Pomona where she qualified number one and made her very first final round appearance, the Girl Power Racing team holds high expectations for this race in Vegas.

The team will have additional support from their honorary crew member for the weekend, racing legend Paula Murphy. Murphy, a former driver and a mentor to Will, has piloted everything from jet dragsters to funny cars, and was named one of the most outstanding female athletes of the century by the Associated Press in 1973, and was inducted into the Don Garlits International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 1992. “It is an honor to have Paula’s support,” says Will, 25. “I talk to her often because I admire what she has accomplished in racing and I know I can learn a lot from her.”

Will and the Girl Power Racing team will be at the NHRA Summit Racing Nationals in Las Vegas, NV from April 15-17. Their first round of qualifying will be on Friday, April 15, and the first round of eliminations will begin Saturday, April 16. For more information, please visit