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 1985-2015 - $4,379,942
Number of families assisted 1985-2015 -  855

Amount of aid paid out in 2015 - $196,000

Number of families assisted in 2015 - 39
During the month of March DRAW paid out $12,000 in aid to 12 families
Also paid $5,000 on Death Benefits
DRAW Day at the Harley Davidson Museum!

The Drag racing Association of Women has been offered the chance to host "DRAW Day"

at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee as part of their celebration "Drag Racing:

America's Fast Time" going on all Summer on the Museum grounds.  We can pick a

weekend and show 4 to 8 drag bikes right on the Museum grounds. I would love to get

some DRAW members and donors involved in this great opportunity. We can pick a

Saturday or Sunday in June, July or August. All participants will get complimentary entry

into the museum, an exclusive Gallery Talk led by the Museum Curator and a $25 gift

card to be used at the shop or MOTOR Bar and Restaurant. Also anyone else that shows

up that day will get group rate access to the Museum, 10% off any purchase $25 or more i

n the Museum Shop and 10% off at the MOTOR Bar & Restaurant. I am personally thinking

it happen in the first couple of weekends in June would be a good pick since all the racing

is on the East Coast and the weather will still be cool BUT I will work with any date as long

as we get enough people to sign up and bring their bikes.

Please email me at harbone66@gmail.com or call 309-825-3843 if you are interested in showing your bike and representing DRAW at the Harley Davidson Museum.

           

Chris Hardesty

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The History Lesson

Deb Thompson, DRAW Historian

“Time flies when you are having fun.” I think it is accurate to say that time flies in general, fun or no fun. But it is so true. For instance, I have been writing this column monthly since August 2012! It started then because I was looking through old Newsletters and enjoyed reading and relearning some of the things I had forgotten about DRAW over the years. I felt I should share some of it since I probably wasn’t the only one who had forgotten things in our history. Just recently
at the Gatornationals, I had someone suggest that I review our history as she hadn’t been around in 2012 when “The History Lesson” began. So in considering
this, truly there are probably people who missed issues from 4 years back; and with many new people to DRAW, it would be good to go back and touch on
some of our history highlights again. I think our history is rich enough and important enough that we can all enjoy a little walk through our past again. It all
began with a raffle held to raise money to help Shirley Muldowney after a drag racing accident. The women who did that decided money could be raised to
help other racers injured in drag racing accidents, and they organized DRAW at the Winter Nationals in February 1985 with a total of 10 members. Holly Beadle was the President and by April 1985, just 2 months later, DRAW had grown to 150 members. The structure of DRAW was established to help the network of volunteers across the country and Canada to communicate, raise money, and get the help to the injured racers. The basic framework is the 12-member Board
of Trustees and 2 alternates. The Trustees are responsible for the management and administration of the charity (DRAW). In order to cover the entire US and Canada, DRAW divided it into 7 areas. Each area is to have an Area Coordinator. Under the Area Coordinators are the Track Representatives. With this
network set up, information about injuries can be more easily obtained, as well as volunteers to help in fundraising efforts. That is the very basics of DRAW.
I’ll continue to elaborate on how the different fundraisers have come about over the years and the many people who have shared and been a part of developing DRAW during the past 30 years. The two very basic and real facts are that we all volunteer to help and our efforts do make a difference in an injured racer’s life. 
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DRAW Care Wagon Golf Cart is officially part of the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing! 
The DRAW Care Wagon golf cart that Terry and Rosalee Noble used for 20 years to represent DRAW at NHRA National events and more is now part of the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing. When the cart was traded in back in late 2014 to get a newer one, I could just not
let it go to the great golf cart junk yard in the sky. So without Terry and Rosalee knowing I purchased the cart and brought it home. Fixed a few things and cleaned it all up before making arrangements with the museum to donate the cart. Dave Wallace is a dear old friend of the Nobles and he offered to pick the cart up at my house in Illinois and haul it back to Florida to drop off at the museum in late 2015. The Monday after the 2016 NHRA Gatornationals the Nobles were convinced to meet Dave at the museum so they could go to dinner but instead it turned out to be the first time Terry and Rosalee had seen the golf cart
in more than a year and a half. To their surprise there it was sitting in Dons personal shop. I want to thank Dave Wallace for getting the cart to Florida and for getting Terry and Rosalee
to the museum to see the cart in person. The DRAW Care Wagon golf cart will have a great retirement in the best gearhead garage you could ever get to spend time in!


Chris Hardesty
2016 DRAW Tracy Winters Memorial
Golf Tournament

It was a great day for the 2016 DRAW Tracy Winters Memorial Golf Tournament held on the Wednesday prior to the Gatornationals at the Ironwood Golf Course

 in Gainesville, FL. The weather was great. In fact, it was a record high for the day. The turnout of golfers was the best we have had in years.

There were several new sponsors this year. A special thank you to Mark Young a racer from Largo, FL, who helped obtain many new sponsors. Below is a list

of the sponsors:

Corporate Sponsors - Cars Protection Plus, Bradenton Motorsports Park, Industrial Safety Institute, Modern Outlaw, Over Kill Motorsports,

Food Sponsor - J W Performance

Beverage Cart Sponsors - IHRA, MTS

Team Trophies Sponsors - DSR, Jeff Taylor Performance

Longest Drive Trophies Sponsors – Harlow/Sammons@msn.com, Quick Fuel Technology

Closest to the Pin Trophies Sponsors – Anthony Westphal Memorial, Mountain View Tire

Hole in One & Chip Shot Contest Sponsor – dragstersforale.com

Hole Sponsors – Adkinson Motorspors, Amalie, ATI, Clark Copperhead Gaskets, dragsersforsale.com, Ferguson Motorsports, Fine Line, Gibtec Piston,

Fabco-Air Inc., Gas Monkey, GGB, Inc., GRP Connecting Rods, Harley-Davidson Motor Co., harlows/sammons@msn.com, Hartman Machine Works, Holley Performance Products, JB Power Center, Jegs, LearnFirstAid.com, Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels, Precision Shaft Technologies, Raymond James

Financial Services, Rollins Automotive, Scotty Richardson Drag Racing School, Stringer Performance, The Million Dollar Race, ThisisBracketRacing.com,

Winberg Crankshafts

Door Prizes & Goodie Bags Sponsors – Alexi Dejorie, Capco, Drag Racing Edge, dragracetires.com, DSR, Edelbrock, Goodson Tools Supply Opitma Btteries,

Pit Pal, Painless Performance AProducts, Pyroil, Stroud, Summit, Time Slip Simulator, Simpson, Toyota.

Winners

Team Flight A – Don Coeawrrw, Mike, Brett Underwood, Randy Westphal

Team Flight B –Jeff Adkinson, Jared Kimbrough, Jeff Stricfkland, Mickey Whaley

Longest Drive – Linda Massingill and Travis McMurtry

Closest to the Pin – Linda Masssingill and Jeff Strickland

 

DRAW BOOTH LOCATION FOR 2016


The DRAW Booth will be in a new location on Manufacturers’ Midway at the NHRA

 

events this season. The DRAW Booth will be a standalone operation. Look for the


tent with the blue/gray top. The booth will be located near the Amalie display on the

 

midway. We will still be selling qualifying and ladder sheets, DRAW and divisional


merchandise and our ever popular automotive jewelry.

 
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Meet a DRAW Rockstar!
 Story by Chris Hardesty

I was fortunate enough to meet Kelley (Ike) Isenhower at the Raceview Family Campground during this years U.S. Nationals. He was playing on a stage in the campground surrounded by a crowd of screaming fans. I heard him say something about "all proceeds go to DRAW" well needless to say that caught my attention so I talked to him after the show. Here is a guy that you dont hear about, playing his heart out on stage and giving the proceeds to the Drag Racing Association of Women. I asked him to tell me his story and how he started getting involved with DRAW.
He started attending the U.S. Nationals in 1991 with his brother and father. He was hooked after he saw
the first Top Fuel Dragster run down the track. This event quickly became a tradition every Labor Day for him and his family. He remembers that his mom and dad would get to every final race early and stop by
the DRAW booth to donate a little cash and pick up a ladder sheet so they could keep track of their favorite drivers throughout the day. Some 25 years later they still do the same thing.
Ike started donating small amounts to DRAW every year and decided in 2013 to try something different.
He has been a touring musician for over 20 years, playing in excess of 240 shows per year. He has been putting on a concert at the Raceview Family Campgrounds every year starting in 1996. The concerts
started small, sitting around campfires with close friends. Over the years, more people would show up to listen and eventually he started using a stage and a large PA system. He brought a couple of bands out to play and the crowds just kept getting bigger.
In 2013 at the 59th US Nationals he decided to try and raise some money and his father mentioned that
they should do something for DRAW. He was able to get an acoustic guitar donated by IRC Music in Indianapolis and with the help from some great friends was able to get the guitar autographed by about 20 professional drag racers. That evening he played his show to a crowd of about 400+ people and started selling raffle tickets for the guitar. Towards the end of the night they drew the winning number and gave it away but only after raising about $1200 from the raffle. A few other donations took the total to almost
$1400! Ike and his father delivered the money to the DRAW booth Monday morning before the finals. The look on the eyes of the ladies at the booth was very heartwarming, they were very thankful and so was he.
Ike played this past Labor Day weekend at the 61st US Nationals and it was his 20th year at the campground. He purchased an event flag, got about 13 driver autographs raffled it off that night at the
show. The flag raised $250 and with the help of some friends from Fort Wayne (Team Social) they were a
ble to sell some T-shirts they had made. Between the shirts and the flag Ike was able to present the ladies
at the DRAW booth $500 on Monday morning.
Ike has done a lot of gigs in his career for many different charities including the American Cancer Society, Loop for Life, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Wounded Warriors, Craven for the Cure, Red Mask Foundation, Alzheimers Research, SIDS, College Mentors for Kids and Care-N-Share to name a few. Its always been
a joy for him to provide music for these charitable events. Ike plays music because he loves it, if there are those whos day can be brightened by what he does, then he is going to continue doing it. Ike is going to continue supporting DRAW every year, as he truly loves the sport of drag racing and the mission that the great people at DRAW follow, "Fast Help for Fast Friends".  Its his pleasure to be associated with such a grear organization as DRAW and he looks forward to raising more money in the future. Come check out
his website at www.reverbnation.com/ikeguitar for future events.
Ike is a solid example of the people we do not hear about that are regular donors to DRAW and have
been for years. If you know of anybody like him, tell me about it. Send the details to me via email at harbone66@gmail.com and I will post up the story right here in the website.
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Committee and Volunteer Opportunities for 2016
In 2016, DRAW will mark its 31st 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 2016 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