Drag Racing Association of Women

               "Fast Help for Fast Friends"











DRAW's motto is "Fast Help For Fast Friends" and our sole mission is providing financial and emotional support to qualified individuals involved in a drag racing accident at a track.

Financial assistance paid 1985-2013 - $4,055,442
Number of families assisted 1985-2013 -  799

Financial Aid Statistics: 2013

Number of families assisted in 2013 - 18
During the month of May DRAW paid out $14,500 in aid, $5,000 in death benefits and helped 9 families
During the month of September DRAW paid out $8,000 in aid and helped 9 families

Applicants for the DRAW Board of Trustees 2015-2016

The following people listed in alphabetical order have applied

to fill six seats and two alternate seats on the DRAW

Board of Trustees for 2015-2016

Deneen Baxter – Trenton, MI

Accomplishments you would like to share (personal, community, job, family, DRAW, etc.): 2007 IHRA National Event Promoter of the Year, 2006/2007

Leadership Monroe Graduate, Involved in many Chambers and Networking groups.

Current or most recent employment (optional): 1993-Current Vice President of Milan Dragway

Job Description (optional): Operations, sales, marketing and staff management.

Racing Affiliation, if any: Track Operator at Milan Dragway Time donated to DRAW or other volunteer activities: I have ran

several fundraisers and donate to many causes on a regular basis.

NHRA and/or IHRA National events you attended in 2013 and

2014: I have not been to any since 2009. From 2003-2009 I

tried to make it to a different IHRA National event every year.

Kevin Bennett- Wilmington, OH

Accomplishments: I have been a DRAW Member since 1998. I have been on the DRAW Board of Trustees as an Alternate from 2005 thru 2014.

Employment: Retail Banker with Woodforest National Bank in Wilmington, OH

Racing Affiliation: Chris Demke’s PEEN RITE Top Alcohol Dragster Team, DSR (Don Schumacher Racing)

DRAW position(s) held: I have been either a DRAW Alternate or a DRAW Board Member since 2005. I have been the DRAW Newsletter Coordinator since

2006. I am the DRAW Facebook Coordinator.

Time donated to DRAW or other volunteer activities: In 2014 I helped organize and participate in the DRAW Track Walk in

Norwalk, OH at the NHRA Summit Racing Nationals. I also helped assemble Pine Wood Derby Cars for the DRAW Pine

Wood Derby race in Brainerd, MN.

NHRA and/or IHRA National events you attended in 2013 and 2014:

2013- I attended the following NHRA National Events- Joliet IL, Norwalk OH, Indianapolis IN and St. Louis. I also attended

2 NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional 3 Races- Norwalk OH & Columbus, OH.

2014- I attended the following NHRA National Events- Joliet IL, Norwalk OH, Indianapolis IN and St. Louis. I also attended

2 NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional 3 Races- Norwalk OH & Columbus, OH.

Other Information: I attend the Saint Columbkille Catholic Church in Wilmington, OH. I have also performed in the Murphy

Theatre Christmas Show in downtown Wilmington, OH since 2011. I have worked seasonally for the Clinton Board of

Elections since 2000.

Chris Hardesty – Danvers, IL

Accomplishments you would like to share (personal, community, job, family, DRAW, etc.): I have been employed in the Service and Parts side of the new automobile business for the last 26+ years. I became a DRAW member and volunteer in the year 2000 attending the first live/silent auction in Joliet. Over

the years I was pretty much handling the setup and tear down of the silent auction along with the help of my wife and some of our closest friends. My wife

Karla and I were given the DRAW Volunteers of the year award in 2009.

Current or most recent employment (optional): I am currently employed at Extreme Motors of Bloomington Illinois as the

Fixed Operations Director.

Job Description (optional): I oversee and manage all the Service and Parts department employees at 3 separate locations. We have Nissan, Hyundai and

Kia as our franchises and I am over about 50 employees.

DRAW position(s) held: Board of Trustees 2011 to present, Website Coordinator and Designer 2012 to present.

Time donated to DRAW or other volunteer activities: DRAW Chicago auction volunteer 2000-2010

Worked the DRAW booth and have sold ladder sheets 2000 to present

Worked the DRAW booth and sold ladder sheets at Indy 2002- 2012

Worked the booth and sold ladder sheets in Gainesville 2010, 2012, 2013 & 2014

Worked the booth and auction in Dallas 2011 and 2013

Have been selling collectibles through the DRAW Ebay account

since the fall of 2013

NHRA and/or IHRA National events you attended in 2013 and 2014:

Gainesville Gatornationals 2013-2014, Joliet Route 66 Nationals 2013-2014 & Dallas Fall Nationals 2013-2014

Other information you would like us to know: I have been a drag racing fan since my first trip to Indy in 1988. My wife is

actually a bigger fan than me so I am a blessed man! I thoroughly enjoy my time and involvement with DRAW over the

last 14+ years. It has really turned into a passion for me.

Beth Hyatt – Richmond Heights, OH

Accomplishments you would like to share (personal, community, job, family, DRAW, etc.): I have helped move DRAW forward in several areas,

but most recently advanced/improved how financial records are done and kept. Assist in advancing

fundraising activates. Assist in improving Charity record keeping, keeping up with and making by-law changes

Current or most recent employment (optional): Hyatt Racing Services trailer on the NHRA Midway – manage entire operation

– inventory, travel, A/R, A/P. Event planning with Karen Comstock and work on Mail From Home Program for MTS.

Work Don Schumacher Racing Hospitality at NHRA National Events.

DRAW position(s) held: President, Vice-President & Recording

Time donated to DRAW or other volunteer activities: I attend all Board meetings, help at fundraising activities, help Rosalee

prepare whatever is necessary ahead of time for fundraising, work on newsletter, work with Auditor and CPA preparing financials.

As a rule, if something needs be done and I feel I am capable to do it and have the time, I do it.

NHRA National events you attended in 2014: Pomona, Phoenix, Gainesville, Las Vegas, Houston, Charlotte, Atlanta,

Topeka, E-Town, Epping, Bristol, Joliet, Norwalk, Sonoma, Seattle, Brainerd, Indy, Charlotte, Dallas, Reading, Las Vegas,


Steve Le Sueur – Fork Union, VA

Accomplishments you would like to share (personal, community, job, family, DRAW, etc.): Over 40 years in drag racing, assist in locating injured racers

Current or most recent employment (optional) - Manager, Motorsports RV.

Job Description (optional): Locating RV’s and trailers for racers, selling Nitro Methane

DRAW Position(s) held: Board Member Alternate 2012

Racing Affiliation if any: Corporate rep

NHRA and/or IHRA National events you attended in 2013 & 2014:

2013- Pomona, Phoenix, Vegas (spring)

2014- Gainesville, Charlotte, Englishtown, Indy

Sarah McLemore – Baytown, TX

Accomplishments you would like to share (personal, community, job, family, DRAW, etc.): I had the great honor and pleasure of being the team captain for

the Royal Purple Raceway Junior Dragster Teams (3) at the NHRA Junior Dragster Eastern Conference Finals in Bristol, TN.

Current or most recent employment (optional): Retired – Manager of Training with Harris County, Texas

Racing Affiliation, if any: My husband raced Super Stock for 45 years. My son is crew chief on an Alcohol Dragster team.

My granddaughter began racing Junior Dragster in 2011.

DRAW position(s) held: Board Trustee (1990 – Present), Vice-President (1991 and 2012), President (1992), Area 4 Coordinator,

(1993 – Present)

Time donated to DRAW or other volunteer activities: As Area 4 Coordinator, I attend 6 NHRA Div. 4 LODRS events, at which I have a booth. I’m on the Injured Racer Calling Committee, and assist with the DRAW Auctions. In 2014, I began a new focus of promoting DRAW in the Junior Dragster racing community at the NHRA national and local events and Southwest Junior Dragster Series that I’ve attended through the year. NHRA and/or IHRA National events you attended in 2013 and


2013: NHRA Nationals events at Houston, Englishtown, Indianapolis,

and Dallas

2014: NHRA Nationals events at Gainesville, Houston, Indianapolis

and Dallas

Other information you would like us to know: I believe strongly in the mission of DRAW, to be there to support and assist the

injured racers in their time of need. It is indeed an honor and pleasure to work with the DRAW Board of Trustees to carry out

this mission. The greatest fulfillment is working with the injured racers one on one.

Mary Turkal – Plainfield, IN

Current or most recent employment (optional): Office Manager at Chiropractic office, Business owner of Origami Owl Independent Designer, Manage team members Racing Affiliation, if any: Thomas Turkal is my husband, he

works on US Army Top Fuel team.

DRAW position(s) held: Alternate for 2014

Time donated to DRAW or other volunteer activities: Volunteer with Girls Nite In, fundraising for football teams, cancer organizations, etc. with Origami Owl,

donate gift certificates for auctions

NHRA and/or IHRA National events you attended in 2013 and 2014:

2013: Charlotte

2014: Phoenix, Vegas (spring), Chicago, St. Louis, Indy, Pomona, Norwalk

Yvette Williams – Waldorf, MD

Current or most recent employment (optional) HR Manager Oceaneering

Racing Affiliation, if any - Employed with Don Schumacher Racing Hospitality staff

DRAW position(s) held – On Board Committee

Time donated to DRAW or other volunteer activities – I attend the DRAW meetings, participated in the Track Walk- Norwalk

& work the DRAW auction as needed.

NHRA and/or IHRA National events you attended in 2013 and

2014, 2013 – 7 - 2014- 6

Ashley Yost - Avon, In

DRAW postition(s) held: Recording Secretary

Accomplishemenst you would like to share (personal, community, job, family, DRAW, etc.) I have been a DRAW member for 4 years and love carrying on the

legacy of my grandmother helped start 30 years ago, as she was a founding member of DRAW.

DRAW position(s) held: Recording Secretary for 4 years

Time donated to DRAW or other volunteer activities: For the last 4 years I have helped at auctions, banquets and attended meetings. Hope to help out in the

gold golf tournament in 2015 as I have never got to experience that.

NHRA and/or IHRA events you attended in 2013 and 2014:

NHRA 2013-Chicago, Indy and Reading

NHRA 2014-Chicago, Indy and Reading

The DRAW Annual Charity Auction in Dallas 
DRAW Founding Member Linda McCulloch

DRAW Founding member Linda McCulloch passed away on September 17 2014 after a long battle with Alzheimers, she was 72 years old. Wife of legendary Funny Car race Ed "The Ace" McCulloch, mother of Al-Anabi Top Fuel crew chief Jason McCulloch and grandmother to Ashley Yost who is a board member of DRAW. Linda was one of the 10 founding members of the Drag Racing Association of Women.
Per the families request there will be no service. Cards may be sent to the family 22424 Masters Dr. Friant, Ca 93636

DRAW Pinewood Derby Race at Brainerd 
Summit Racing Equipment
Nationals Sunday Morning
Track Walk
Patricia Garlits 1934-2014
GARLITS, Patricia Louise Bieger, wife of Legendary Drag Racer, "Big Daddy" Don Garlits for nearly 61 years left this world and went over to the other side to spend eternity with Jesus Christ on February 2, 2014, at 5:53 PM. Patricia was born March 27th, 1934 in Covington, Kentucky, to Richard and Vivian Bieger. She had been suffering for many years, from a terminal disease. She passed away quietly at home with her husband, two Daughters, GayLyn Capitano and Donna Garlits, her sister Sharon Keppel and granddaughter Anna Capitano at her side, along with her two little Yorkshire Terriers, Bonnie and Belle. We had Glenn Miller playing in the background, as that was her favorite "Big Band". Patricia is survived by her husband; Donald Glenn Garlits, two Daughters; GayLyn Capitano and Donna Louise Garlits, her Son-in-Law; Gregory Ernest Capitano, her five Grandchildren; Kirsten Capitano Watley, Rodney Donald Garlits, Sarah Lyn Smith, Benjamin Gregory Capitano, and Anna Elizabeth Capitano, one Great-Grandchild; Braden Alexander-James Garlits, a Sister; Sharon Faye Keppel, a Nephew; Charles Joseph Keppel Jr. and a Niece; Sandra Lee Toner, a brother-in-law; Edward Lawrence Garlits and Nephews; Edward Lawrence Garlits Jr. and William Dale Garlits, as well as great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
Pat was one of the Founders of DRAW. Cards may be sent to the family at the following address: Don Garlits, Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, Inc., 13700 SW 16th Ave, Ocala, FL 34473.

Make sure to visit the DRAW Booth at every NHRA National Event this 2014 season!

2014 marks the 28th.year that DRAW (Drag Racing Association of Women) Booth has been a part of NHRA National Events, in its quest to raise money to provide financial and emotional support to qualified individuals involved in drag racing accidents at a track. In 1986 it started out as a Snow Cone Booth.  It was a very small booth that was put together with PVC Pipes.  It was only opened when someone was available to operate it. 
T-Shirts with the DRAW Logo on it and raffle tickets for a trip to Hawaii (donated by Hawaiian Punch) were the only things sold out of the booth. 
In the late 80’s we moved to a pop-up tent and added other things to our merchandise. We would try to open the booth late Friday and then have it open on Saturday and Sunday. We tried to have it open every race, but if members were not available to work... 

In the 90’s additional items were introduced for sale and the booth was moved from a pop up tent, to operate from a trailer on manufacturers midway.  In 1992, John Raffa approached us about sell sterling silver automotive jewelry. This has turned out to be very popular item.  In the early 90’s NHRA approached DRAW to sell qualifying and ladder sheets to the sportsmen racers and fans.  In order to do that, we had to commit to having the booth open the day the sportsmen racers ran their qualifying rounds meaning the booth was open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  For a few years, different people would keep the booth open at different events, but it started to become harder and harder to find someone available every day, all day, every event. In 1998 Terry & Rosalee Noble had both retired and volunteered to become the permanent workers at the DRAW Booth for all of the NHRA National Events.  At the couple North East, Pat Shaeffer volunteered to run the National Booth.

As the 2014 NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Season begins, the DRAW Booth will can once again be found amongst the many contingency and marketing sponsors located on the midway in the pits.  The DRAW Booth will once again be sharing space on Kip Rhoton’s (KJR Motorsports) rig with companies such as K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric and several other contingency sponsors.

 So if you are at one the 24 NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing National Events please stop by the DRAW Booth.  See what it has to offer.  DRAW always enjoys visiting with-well just about everyone. 
See you at the track….

The History Lesson 

Deb Thompson, DRAW Historian 

Just a few weeks ago on September 17, 2014, the drag racing community lost another honorable member when Linda McCulloch

passed away. Linda was the wife of the legendary FC driver Ed “The Ace” McCulloch, mother of the Al-Anabi TF crew chief Jason

McCulloch, and grandmother to Ashley Yost who carries on her legacy by serving as a current Board member for DRAW. Linda

holds a special place in the heart of DRAW as she was one of the founding members of this organization in 1985. Standing with

Linda in creating DRAW were Holly Beadle, Lynn Prudhomme, Laura Earwood, Diane Hedrich, Janie Oswald, Pat Garlits, Gere

Amato, Penny Beck and Etta Glidden. I have named these women before, but we are so blessed and our history so rich because of

their vision, perseverance and diligence to create this great organization that they bear repeating. For the first 3 years of DRAW, the

officers only held office for 1 year which was later changed to 2 years. In that first year in 1985, Holly Beadle was the President and

Linda McCulloch was Vice President. In 1986, Janie Oswald was President. Linda McCulloch was President of DRAW in 1987.

Linda remained on the Board of Directors through 1990. I was privileged enough to attend a general DRAW meeting during the

U.S. Nationals with most of these women in attendance. At that point in my life, I had recently joined DRAW and was just a young

spectator with only dreams of someday being a participant. So to walk into that room for a meeting lead by these powerful, dynamic

women was intimidating but exciting all at the same time. It clearly influenced me to volunteer and to become an active member of

DRAW. Linda McCulloch helped to establish DRAW and to her we will always be grateful. With the help of all of the thousands of

volunteers through the years, we are strong and changing lives for the better from the injured racer to the volunteer helping to accomplish

“Fast Help for Fast Friends.”

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                    Some E-Mail Addresses Lost

Due to a computer malfunction early this year, some email addresses were lost. The e-mails that were effected the most were those with membership numbers from 9800 on. Some were backed up but some were not and are gone. Look at the front of your newsletter to see your Membership Number is printed on the label with your name and
also see if your E-Mail address is correct. I believe that all Memberships have been fixed in the computer but there was no E-Mail Data for a lot of the latest membership from 9800 on. If you would like to have the E-Mail version of the newsletter only and get this by mail just E-Mail Olan Gotcher at olan@jographix.com and put your Name, E-Mail Address and say E-Mail only and I will get it taken care of.
Sorry for the inconvenience but sometime there is no other means of getting information back. I have instituted a new backup procedure to correct this problem in the future.

Olan Gotcher
DRAW Membership Secretary

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Committee and Volunteer Opportunities for 2014
In 2014, DRAW will mark its 29th year of providing "Fast Help for Fast Friends." It takes the time and talent of many people to make our mission a reality. There are many ways you can help make 2013 DRAW's best year ever.

DRAW's lifeblood is dedicated volunteers. You can make a valuable contribution to DRAW by joining one of our committees: Website, Newsletter, Membership, Fundraising, Injured Racer Calling, and others that might arise during the year. If you are interested in volunteering or joining one of DRAW's committees, please submit an
application to Rosalee Noble, 4 Hance Dr., Charleston Ill. 61920 Email: rnoble@consolidated.com