ALL ABOUT DRAW

August 6, 2010 by  
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Aug. 6, 2010 – As the Texas Motorplex prepares for the 25th anniversary O’Reilly Auto Parts Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals, Sept. 23-26, excitement behind one of the most popular events at the race track is building. DRAW, a drag racing charity that provides financial and emotional support to qualified individuals involved in a drag racing accident at a track, will be hosting its annual auction on Saturday, Sept. 25. The auction benefits racers who are injured and has become a time-honored tradition at the Motorplex. The auction, open to the public, will be held in the Champion’s Club and is vitally important: From 1985 through December 2009, DRAW provided $3,534,317 in financial assistance to 695 racing families in all categories.  Since January 1, 2010, DRAW has provided $149,087 in aid and death benefits to drivers, crew members or their families. 

DRAW is a volunteer organization. Office work is done from the homes and businesses of the volunteers. Anyone, including racers, fans, sponsors, manufacturers, team owners, track owners and more, can become involved in DRAW. As with any organization, DRAW is only as strong as the people who support it.

DRAW was officially organized following a successful fundraiser in 1984 for Shirley Muldowney. Members of the drag racing community who handled the recovery fund were very encouraged by the support of racers and fans who generously donated. Then came the question, “If we can help one racer, why not organize our efforts to help all injured drag racers?” As a result, in 1985, DRAW, a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization was created to provide financial and/or emotional support to qualified individuals involved in a drag racing incident at a track. DRAW reaches out to every drag racing category and all drag racing sanctioning bodies.

The originators of DRAW were women, thus the name Drag Racing Association of Women. A few years after DRAW’s inception, membership was opened to men and children, as well. All members have equal privileges.  The governing body of DRAW is a 12-member Board of Trustees.  Half of the Board is appointed each winter to serve a two-year term.

Membership in DRAW is open to anyone – male or female – there is no age restriction. The dues are $30.00 per year for an individual membership.  A Family Membership for two or more family members is $50.00 per year.  A member receives a DRAW membership card, decal and the monthly newsletter, DRAWing Attention. 

As DRAW began to grow, the governing Board of Trustees became aware of the need for leadership at regional levels and responded by geographically dividing the United States and Canada. Today, there are seven different areas, each guided by a DRAW Area Coordinator. They are:
• AREA 1 – CT, DC, DE,MA,MD,ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT,  WV;  Canada – NFLD, PEI, NS, NB, E. ONT, QUE;
• AREA 2 – AL, FL, GA, PR, NC, SC, TN;
• AREA 3 – EAST – KY,MI, OH; Canada – SW,W. ONT;
• AREA 3 -WEST – IL, IN;WI;
• AREA 4 – AR, LA, Mexico, NM,MS, OK, TN, TX;
• AREA 5 – EAST – IA, KS,MN,MO,WI;
• AREA 5 -WEST – CO, NE, ND, SD,WY; Canada – MAN;
• AREA 6 – AK, ID,MT, OR,WA; Canada – SASK, ALTA, BC;
• AREA 7 – AZ, CA, HI, NV, UT, Mexico.

The appointment of Coordinators for DRAW’s seven areas was followed with the introduction of Track Representatives. Track Representatives work with their appointed track to promote DRAW on a local level and provide a convenient communication link between their track and DRAW.  Together, Track Reps and Coordinators also keep DRAW’s Board informed of happenings in their area.  Anyone interested in becoming a Track Rep. should contact their Area Coordinator.

At every NHRA national event, you can find DRAW’s National Event Booth on Manufacturers’ Midway at the K & N and Lincoln Welding Display.  From this booth, clothing, jewelry, decals, pins, qualifying and ladder sheets, memberships, divisional merchandise, etc. are sold.

Each of DRAW’s seven areas also maintains a DRAW booth for use at local and division races or special events.

Fundraising is a very important DRAW activity. Two major fundraisers on the NHRA circuit are the DRAW Live and Silent Auction which is held during the spring race at Route 66 in Joliet, IL and the DRAW Annual Auction Featuring Memorabilia in Ennis, TX. An annual golf tournament is held in Gainesville, FL on Wednesday of the Gatornationals. Area Coordinators and Track Representatives also work together on fundraisers at local and division events.

Visitors to DRAW’s web site, www.drawonline.org, will find information on upcoming DRAW activities, injured racer spotlights, the latest news on DRAW, photos and DRAW Merchandise Catalog.

One activity all DRAW members are encouraged to participate in is sending cards and letters to the racers listed in our monthly newsletter.

“Because We Care” is DRAW’s motto. It is through the support of caring and concerned people involved in drag racing that DRAW is able to provide “Fast Help for Fast Friends.” If you have questions, need more information, would like to volunteer or need to report an injury or incident, please contact DRAW, 4 Hance Drive, Charleston, IL 61920 – Telephone 217.345.6537 – E-Mail rnoble@consolidated.net – Fax 281.242.2349.  Check out DRAW’s web site at www.drawonline.org.
FOUNDERS

Gere Amato                                       Etta Glidden
Penny Beck                                        Diane Hedrick
Holly Beadle                                      Linda McCulloch
Laura Earwood                                 Lynn Prudhomme
Pat Garlits                                           Janie Oswald
PAST PRESIDENTS

Holly Beadle                                     Susan Epler
Janie Oswald                                    Edie Mountjoy
Lynn Prudhome                             Susan Epler
Debbie King                                      Beth Hyatt
Sarah McLemore                            Carol Gibbs
Rosalee Noble                                  Beth Hyatt

CURRENT OFFICERS

President – Beth Hyatt
Vice President – Carol Gibbs
Secretary – Ashley Yost
Treasurer – Vicki Aswege
Fund Raising Chairman – Rosalee Noble

CURRENT AREA COODINATORS

Area 1 – Pat Shaeffer
Area 2 – Currently Seeking a Coordinator
Area 3 – East – Sandie Wojnowski
Area 3 – West – Theresa Tilford
Area 4 – Sara McLemore
Area 5 – Deb Pearson
Area – 6 – Darlene Evans
Area – 7 – Lori Link

AWARD RECEIVED BY DRAW

Car Draft’s Person of the Year
Blaine Johnson Award
NHRA in Community Charity

MAJOR FUND RAISING ACTIVITIES

DRAW Booth at all NHRA Events
Golf Tournament – Gainesville, FL
Return Mailing Label Program
Auction at Route 66, Joliet, IL
Auction at Texas Motorplex, Ennis, TX
Christmas Card Program
DRAW

DRAW’s mission is to provide “Fast Help for Fast Friends.”

DRAW is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization created to provide financial support to drivers and crew members injured in a drag racing accident at a track.

DRAW has continued to provide financial as well as emotional assistance since inception in 1985.  Through December 2009, DRAW has provided $3,534,317.00 in financial assistance to 695 families in every racing category and all drag racing sanctioning bodies.  Since January 1, 2010, DRAW has provided $149,087 in aid and death benefits to drivers, crew members or their families. 
DRAW reaches out to every drag racing category and all drag racing sanctioning bodies.

DRAW is a volunteer organization.  Office work is done from the homes and businesses of the volunteers.  Anyone, including racers, team owners, sponsors, track owners, manufacturers, fans, etc. can become involved in DRAW.

DRAW’s strong existence is due to the generous participation of volunteers and contributors who loyally support them.

DRAW’s executive leadership is comprised of a 12 member Board of Trustees appointed to serve for a 2-year term.  Board members make critical decisions throughout the year regarding policies, procedures, financial assistance, fund raising, volunteer assignments and more.

DRAW’s local leadership is represented by the appointment of Track Representatives by Area Coordinators.  Track Representatives work with their appointed track to recruit DRAW volunteers.  The most important job of a Track Rep. is to report injuries to their Area Coordinator.  Together Track Reps. and Coordinators keep DRAW informed of happenings in their area.

DRAW’s attracts thousands of drag racing fans to their booth where they can purchase DRAW clothing, jewelry, decals, pins, earplugs, event ladder sheets, special merchandise, divisional merchandise, memberships and more. 

DRAW’s fund raising is the essential activity that enables DRAW to continue to provide financial assistance to those involved in drag racing accidents.  DRAW’s biggest fundraisers are:

DRAW Booth at all NHRA Events
DRAW Golf Tournament – Gainesville, FL
DRAW Return Mailing Label Program
DRAW Auction at Route 66, Joliet, IL
DRAW Auction at Texas Motorplex, Ennis, TX
DRAW Christmas Card Program

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Super Chevy magazine on newsstands NOW!

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 Attention Chevy Fans! The Super Chevy Magazine with the coverage of Super Chevy Show held at the Texas Motorplex in May is on newsstands NOW!   The coverage includes the car show, drag race, autocross, the Saturday morning car show cruise and results from the car show and drag race.  You can check out more info at www.superchevy.com.

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NHRA Top Fuel Points Leader Visits DFW Children’s Hospital

July 30, 2010 by  
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NHRA TOP FUEL POINTS LEADER VISITS DFW CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Larry Dixon spends off day in Dallas preparing for Fall Nationals

ENNIS, Texas (July 30, 2010) – Larry Dixon is a two-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion. Dixon also is the current points leader in the NHRA Full Throttle professional series. If that wasn’t enough, Dixon has claimed eight victories in eight final round appearances behind the wheel of his Al-Anabi Racing dragster in just the first 16 events of the 2010 season.

Larry Dixon, however, needs to brush up on his video game skills.

Dixon trailed Lankan, one of the many children he met during a visit to Dallas’ Children’s Hospital, while playing the Cars video game on Thursday. Dixon was in town to help promote the 25th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals, a race he has won twice (2001, 2007) at the Texas Motorplex. But the highlight of his trip was visiting one of the largest pediatric health care providers in the nation.

Dixon didn’t think twice about taking the time to pass out Texas Motorplex pencils, make Play-Doh cookies, sign his Al-Anabi dragster Hero Cards and chat with the kids and their families.

“One of my sons was in the hospital for three days earlier this year and you realize how important the children’s hospitals are to helping them heal,” Dixon said.

It won’t be long before Dixon is back in the DFW area to battle for the victory at the Texas Motorplex. The Motorplex is the third stop in the six-race playoff series that caps the 2010 season. Dixon and his team locked in first place going into the playoffs, which starts at the Sept. 1-6 U.S. Nationals before moving on to Charlotte (Sept. 16-19) and then the Texas Motorplex.

Dixon finished in second place in 2009, losing to seven-time NHRA champion Tony Schumacher by just two points. Once the final standings for the 2009 season were announced, Dixon said the team had a party at the season finale event unlike any other.

“We had a great party, the best second-place party ever,” Dixon said. “We were already looking forward to the 2010 season. Our team learned a lot and came together last season and just like last year, I like our chances going into the playoffs.

“I think I have the best crew, the best crew chief and the best car out there. You have to win rounds in the playoffs to earn the championship and I like our chances of being able to compete and win rounds.”

The Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, The Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. The Billy Meyer-owned facility hosts a number of racing and car show events between March and November each year and also features the Champions Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.

Tickets for the 25th annual O’reilly Auto Parts Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals can be purchased by telephone at (800) MOTORPLEX, online at www.texasmotorplex.com or at Ticketmaster.com. Call the track (800) MOTORPLEX or (972) 878-2641 for more information.

MEDIA CONTACT: Christie Johnson, 254-744-0270, cjohnson@texasmotorplex.com.

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NHRA: You’ve Got To See It To Believe It!

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NHRA has created a spectacular video showcasing your favorite sport. To see all of the excitement of an NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event, click now to watch “NHRA: You’ve Got To See It To Believe It!”

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Kalitta, Johnson get first season wins; Hight, Hines also score

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Sunday, July 25, 2010
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Doug Kalitta in Top Fuel and Allen Johnson in Pro Stock broke through for their first wins of the season and were joined in the winner’s circle by Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway outside of Denver.

During the course of the event – the final leg of the three-race Western Swing and the second to last in the Countdown to the Championship’s 17-event regular season – nine drivers locked up berths in the playoff fields that will pit the top 10 drivers in all four classes in a six-race fight to the finish that begins Labor Day weekend at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. [Story: Nine more lock up playoff berths; Dixon clinches top seed ]

One thing was certain in the Top Fuel final: One driver would finally find salvation, the other continued frustration as Kalitta, winless in four finals this year and without a victory since the 2009 Winternationals, paired off with Bernstein, 0-2 in finals this year for new sponsor Copart and without a tour victory since last fall’s Virginia event. Kalitta joined his uncle Connie, a two-time winner here, and late cousin Scott, a three-time Denver champ, as king of the hill, taking the victory, the 32nd of his career, 3.96 to 4.00.

“When I saw the win light come on down there it was real special, a great relief,” said Kalitta. “They do a great job here and each year the facility gets better and better, and I’m just glad to finally get a win here. I’ve been close a lot of times and fortunately we got it done today.”

“This is really going to help motivate our team and give us the confidence that we can run with these guys going into the Countdown, and hopefully we can prove it. I’m just really proud of Jim Oberhofer, my crew chief, and all the guys today. It was great team effort.”

Kalitta, who had been runner-up four times at this event, rode a trio of 3.9-second passes to reach his fifth final of the season and 63rd of his career en route to defeating Terry McMillen, Steve Torrence, and 2007 Denver winner “Hot Rod” Fuller.

Bernstein pounded out passes of 3.96 and 3.97 in the first two rounds to best Cory McClenathan and defending event champ Antron Brown, then took down points leader and former “beer wars” rival Larry Dixon in the semifinals to take a narrow 18-17 edge in their lifetime meetings. Bernstein slowed to a 4.00, but it was enough to cover the tire-hazing 4.44 of Dixon’s Al-Anabi machine to reach his 35th career Top Fuel final.

Hight, the defending world champ, closed the gap ever-so-slightly on his boss, John Force, by defeating the points leader, 4.21 to 4.38, for his fourth victory of year and the 17th of his career. Hight now trails Force by just 28 points.

“I’ve been in a couple of finals before with John and never been able to get the job done, but today was our turn,” said Hight. “You know when you go up there against John that you better give it your all because he’s going to be ready. Our cars are set up real similar, so we know what they can run and we had to go up there and give it our all.”

“It’s nice to get back on the winning side here in Denver. My crew chief, Jimmy Prock, has never had a problem making horsepower, but with racetrack being so good last year with the cooling system and everything, we just didn’t have enough horsepower, and that bothered Jimmy. He came in here with a game plan – new parts and different things – and he definitely found the horsepower that he needed.”

Hight, who won this event in his 2005 rookie season, raced back to the final, the 31st of his career and fifth this year after defeating James Day in round, defending event champ Ron Capps on a holeshot in round two, and low qualifier Matt Hagan in the semifinals.

Force, a five-time winner in Denver, assured that he’d leave the mountain with the points lead by reaching the final to face his hard-charging employee, who is chasing him in the points. Force, the all-time NHRA record holder for wins and final rounds, reached the 209th final of his career and seventh this season in pursuit of win No. 131 by defeating Paul Lee, Bob Tasca III, and fellow former world champ Cruz Pedregon, ending Pedregon’s best season outing.

Three of Johnson’s eight career national event wins have come at his sponsor’s event, and his victory this year was his first of the season and first since he won this race last year. Johnson, who also won in Denver in 2007 and was runner-up in 2008, was never challenged in the final, cutting a .004 light and racing to a 6.97 to easily beat Jeg Coughlin Jr., who had to abort his final-round pass.

“We wouldn’t mind having all 23 races here,” said Johnson. “We really have an awesome setup for here. The engine guys, the car guys, and everyone else did their job can’t say enough about them. We just made a perfect run every run. To go up against Greg in the second round, and of course against Jeg in the final, I knew that I had to be on my game.  Fortunately I was able to do that. I had a .073 light in the first round and knew that I had to pick it up after that. I was tickled with the .004 that I had against Jeg in the final. We’re just going to have to keep getting after it, be aggressive in trying to win the championship and hopefully pull it off.

“It was great having all the Mopar folks here. They’re not just sponsors to us. They’re like family. This was the perfect place to get my first win of the year.”

En route to the 20th final of his career, Johnson’s Mopar Avenger raced past Bob Yonke, Greg Anderson, and Johnny Gray with a trio of six-second passes — 6.973, 6.998, and 6.997, all of which were low for the round – to earn the right to face Coughlin.

Coughlin, who won last weekend in Sonoma, reached his second straight final, his fifth this season, and the 82nd of his career with a pair of six-second passes sandwiching a solid 7-flat in trailering Erica Enders, Vinnie Deceglie, and rookie Shane Gray, who red-lighted in the semifinals.

The final round in Pro Stock Motorcycle pitted two riders whose last win came in Atlanta; for Hines that was earlier this year, for Karen Stoffer three long years ago in 2007. Hines kept her winless streak alive with a convincing 7.34 to 7.40 victory, the 21st of his career and his second in Denver. With the win, Hines pulled to within 60 points of leader Hector Arana.

“Today I was playing with fire all day long with .00 lights [.006, .004, and .007] in the first three rounds,” said Hines, who was runner-up here last year. “We backed it off for the final to make sure that we wouldn’t red-light. We wanted to have a .030 and got a .029. We know that Karen [Stoffer] is a very tough competitor, and we didn’t want to make any mistakes.

“I grew up three hours south of here in Trinidad, Colorado, so it’s good to win here on The Mountain. This place is my home. We didn’t have the best motorcycle this weekend, just like we didn’t have the best motorcycle [when we won] at Sonoma, but we were able to get the job done. That says a lot about our team. I’ve also been stressing out all weekend because we’ve got a baby coming. I was waiting for a phone call all weekend, but we never got one.”

Hines, a winner earlier this season also in Houston, reached his 35th career final round by defeating a trio of Suzukis, setting down rookie of the year hopeful LE Tonglet, Jim Underdahl, and low qualifier Michael Phillips to reach the final. In a rematch of their final round in Sonoma last weekend, Phillips red-lighted to Hines’ Harley. Prior to that race, Hines had beaten Phillips nine straight times.

Stoffer, who had yet to reach even the semifinals this season, went that much better by reaching the final round aboard her GEICO Suzuki. On the heels of a great qualifying effort, Stoffer defeated red-lighting Angie Smith and fellow Suzuki riders Craig Treble and Steve Johnson to reach the 12th final round of her career and her first since last fall’s Charlotte event.

In Lucas Oil Series action, David Bogner in Super Stock, Brad Burton in Stock, and John Dexter in Super Street each collected their second Mile-High Nationals trophy and were joined in victory by Terry Edwards in Super Comp and Mike Wiblishouser in Super Gas.

Related stories:
Friday: Johnson’s Dodge tops in Denver; Brown, Force, Phillips also lead
Saturday: Hagan moves to Funny Car pole; Brown, Johnson, Phillips hold Friday leads

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