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
Email: Will.Hanna@InsideTopAlcohol.com

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 HOTROD.com 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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Torco Race Fuels Motorsports
Wilson Racing

media relations

For Immediate Release March 22, 2005
Contact: Mark Rowe / Wilson Racing
Email: mark@colorscans.com

Wilson Racing Qualifies 1 short!

Gainesville, FL. - This past weekend's NHRA / POWERADE Drag Racing Series National Event at Gainesville Raceway. just outside of Gainesville, Florida was the second National Event of the year for the Torco Race Fuels / Wilson Racing Top Alcohol Dragster Team.

Wilson, from Winfield, Mo., was very disappointed after qualifying 17th with a 5.65 with a bad battery in weather conditions that were less ideal. They received one qualifying session Friday and one more on Saturday. "This is the first DNQ for this team in almost 2 years and we hope its the last for a long time. This was not our first event of the year, but it sure felt it like. We found the gremlins hiding in the valvetrain but failed to get rid of them in other areas.". stated Wilson. "This is the reason we went to Gainesville, so we could make sure we were going in the right direction."

"This past weekend is just another example of how important each and every qualifying session is. We only received 2 sessions due to rain on Thursday and Friday morning and the last session would have been enough to get us in the show. We only needed another .08 of a second to qualify and we were two tenths slower than we have been all year. This will only make us work harder to try to keep this from happening again." stated Wilson.

Wilson Racing is already preparing for the next event in Houston in less than 3 weeks and wants to keep focused on all the positive that they have experienced so far this year. "We were number 3rd in Points Nationally prior to this weekend and plan on putting this past weekend behind us. We were not able to qualify like we had hoped but we learned a great deal and we will be ready for Houston". stated Wilson.

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Contact: Mandie Yorio, 714-921-8123, mandie@johnforceracing.com

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Ashley Force Advances to the Finals

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – Female racer Ashley Force advanced to the final round of competition after qualifying third at the 36th Annual Mac Tools Gatornationals.

Force, who competes in the Top Alcohol Dragster category defeated Dave Hirata, Ken Perry and Michael Gunderson before being defeated by Aaron Olivarez in the money round.

“Congratulations to Aaron on his first win,” expressed Ashley, who lost to Olivarez by one and one-half thousandth of a second. Olivarez recorded a 5.408 second elapsed time to Force’s 5.401.

“I had a pretty good feeling about this day,” said Force. “Though second round felt like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. The car danced all around the track. It wanted to go everywhere but straight.”

Throughout the weekend the 22-year old sponsored by Castrol, Hot Wheels, Automobile Club of Southern California, Ford and Mac Tools kept her 3000 horsepower injected dragster consistent through the watchful eye of co-owner and crew chief, Jerry Darien. “All of our pre-season testing helped us throughout the day as the weather got hot,” Darien stated.

Before running the finals, Ashley’s father 13-Time NHRA Funny Car Champion, John Force urged his daughter, “This boy’s good so get after him.” Darien returned, “This ol’ girl’s pretty good too.”

The California girl will next return to Houston for the O’Reilly Spring Nationals April 8-10.

NHRA North Central Division
Contact: Jay Hullinger, NHRA Division Director
(765) 689-8727 E-mail: jhullinger@nhra.com

Spitzer Race Cars adds performance bonuses for North Central Division Top Alcohol racers

Spitzer Race Cars will sponsor low qualifier bonuses for Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car racers at the six 2005 North Central Division NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events. In addition to the individual awards, Spitzer Race Cars has posted year-end bonuses in each category and added money for any new track elapsed time records set.

Low qualifiers in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will receive $500 at each event. A year-end bonus of $1,000 and special trophy will be awarded by Spitzer Race Cars in each category at the annual “Land of the Winners” banquet to the driver accumulating the most qualifying points in the six races. Qualifying points for the bonus will be awarded with 16 pt. for the low qualifier, 15 pt. for number two qualifiers, etc.

Any driver setting a new Top Alcohol Dragster or Top Alcohol Funny Car elapsed time track record at Indianapolis Raceway Park, April 15-17; Mid-Michigan Motorplex, July 1-3; Route 66 Raceway, July 15-17; Edgewater Sports Park, Aug. 5-7; Beech Bend Raceway Park, Aug. 26-28 or National Trail Raceway, Sept. 23-25 will be awarded $500.

Spitzer Race Cars is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of full-size dragsters, altereds, roadsters and racing composites, as well as, Jr. dragsters. Known for contemporary designs and superb craftsmanship, Spitzer Race Cars designs, fabricates and assembles race cars in their complex in Greenfield, Ind. – just east of Indianapolis – with over 20,000 square feet of working space.

For more information on the North Central Division racing season log onto www.nhradiv3.com and for more information on Spitzer Race Cars contact them at 317-894-9533...
Top Alcohol Dragster
Point Standings
Position Driver Points N/D
01 Ashley Force 220 2/2
02 Aaron Olivarez 158 2/2
03 Arthur Allen 116 1/1
03 Chris Demke 116 1/1
05 Jeff Wilson 112 2/1
06 Guy Kelly 106 1/1
07 Ben Harper 96 1/1
08 Randy Meyer 93 1/1
09 Steve Federlin 85 1/0
09 Shelly Howard 85 0/1
11 Darryl Hitchman 74 1/1
11 Robert Perkins 74 1/1
13 Edwin Schmeeckle 71 1/1
14 Hillary Will 64 1/0
15 Larry Miersch 63 1/1
15 Duane Shields 63 1/1
17 Michael Gunderson 53 1/0
18 William Zivkovich 43 0/1
19 Jack Beckman 42 1/1
19 Jon Capps 42 1/0
19 Ron Griffis 42 1/1
19 Ken Perry 42 1/0
19 Robin Samsel 42 1/1
19 Joey Severance 42 1/0
19 Jeff Veale 42 1/0
26 Mike Austin 41 1/1
26 Kevin Brown 41 1/1
26 Gene Snow 41 1/1
29 Wayne Morris 40 1/1
30 Karl Brounkowski 32 0/1
30 Don Fiorelli 32 0/1
30 Richard Garlets 32 0/1
30 James Thompson Jr 32 0/1
34 Mark Albert 31 1/0
34 Arthur Gallant 31 1/0
34 Dave Hirata 31 1/0
34 Rich McPhillips 31 1/0
34 Dan Mercier 31 1/0
34 Bill Reichert 31 1/0
34 Greg Tacke 31 1/0
41 Johnny Ahten 20 1/1
41 Jason Cannon 20 1/1
41 Mark Niver 20 1/1
41 Matt Seltzer 20 1/1
45 Karen Benkovich 10 1/0
45 Timothy Bowgren 10 1/0
45 Bill Evans 10 0/1
45 John Finke 10 1/0
45 Dave Hedges Jr 10 1/0
45 Jeffrey Isbell 10 0/1

Top Alcohol Funny Car
Point Standings
Position Driver Points N/D
01 Jay Payne 180 2/1
02 Mark Billington 128 1/1
03 Tate Branch 127 1/1
04 Frank Manzo 116 2/0
04 Dennis Taylor 116 1/1
06 Bob Newberry 85 1/0
07 Steve Gasparrelli 74 1/1
07 Doug Gordon 74 1/1
09 Brian Hough 64 1/0
09 Richard Mc Clain 64 0/1
11 Bret Williamson 63 1/1
12 Mark Hentges 53 1/0
12 Kirk Kuhns 53 1/1
12 Mick Snyder 53 1/0
15 Johann Wernhart 52 1/1
15 Marc White 52 1/1
17 Steve Burck 43 0/1
17 Jimmy Jones 43 0/1
19 Ron August Jr 42 1/0
19 Cy Chesterman 42 1/0
19 David Ray...
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Snyder Honored with Best Appearing Crew Award During Semi-final Finish

The Snyder Motorsports TORCO Racing Fuels sponsored Top Alcohol Funny Car experienced success on many levels at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida this past weekend. During the weekend they debuted their brand new paint scheme and crew uniforms and were subsequently honored with the Best Appearing Crew Award. Driver Mick Snyder, who is responsible for the design of the new car and The Winning Team crew shirts, said, “It was a pleasant surprise for all of us. There are a lot of professional teams out here and we are truly honored to be recognized.”

The Team also experienced success during race day. Snyder qualified #6 with a 5.65 elapsed time at 250.83 mph and earned his first semi-final finish of the season by outperforming his competitors. The Team won its first and second rounds Sunday morning running 5.70 at 247.25 mph and 5.68 at 250.76, respectively. In the semi-finals, Snyder had a large hole shot on his competitor, but was unable to hold on when the car overpowered the racetrack and coasted the remainder of the quarter mile.

The Team would like to thank our major sponsor TORCO Racing Fuels and our associate sponsors Coan Converters, Design 500, Flatout Gaskets, Lencodrive Racing Transmissions, Long Printing, Max Speed Designs, R & R Racing Products, Snyder Auto and Spitzer Race Cars for their continued support.

Please visit the Snyder Motorsports official website at www.snydermotorsports.com.

The Snyder Motorsports Top Alcohol Funny Car entry is sponsored by TORCO Racing Fuels. By logging onto www.torcoracefuels.com you can access their full line of innovative products including racing gasoline, additives, and clothing.
Allen Middendorf of St. Louis MO. completed his license runs in Holley & Woosley's A-Fuel Dragster on Thursday March the 10th at a test session before the division 4 points race at Houston Raceway Park. The final run was 5.84 @ 233 mph. Allen will be the driver of the car owned and tuned by Bob & Chris Holley of Freeport, Texas for the 2005 season. The team will compete in all division 4 races and selected National events. The next race will be at the Houston Nationals.