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 1985-2017 - $4,825,600
Number of families assisted 1985-2017-  908

Amount of aid paid out in 2017 - $166,500

Number of families assisted in 2017 - 28
During the month of December DRAW paid out $12,500 in aid to 8 racers families and $5,000 in death benefits to 1 family


DRAW is Selling Diecasts on Ebay!


We have some great NHRA collectible die casts listed on Ebay. Copy and paste this address: https://www.ebay.com/sch/drawfasthelp/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

to see whats listed. We will be listinng a few a week over the next couple of weeks from a great collection that was donated by DRAW fan Tim Gaines
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FUELIN’ AROUND BOOK SIGNING AT NHRA WINTERNATIONALS



Philadelphia, PA (February 4, 2019) J.K. KELLY, author of the popular motorsports novel FUELIN’ AROUND, will be signing copies of his latest novel at the DRAW booth on the NHRA Midway at the season opening Winternationals February 7-10 at the L.A. County Fairplex.

“Pomona’s always been special for me,” said Kelly. “ It was the first West Coast race I worked as a photographer and the first track I helped deliver drums of racing fuel to, to a racer by the name of Warren Johnson.” Kelly continued, “FUELIN’ AROUND is a behind the scenes story of how that little fuel company took on the Goliaths of the industry. I support the DRAW organization and am very thankful to them for this opportunity.”

The Drag Racing Association of Women (DRAW) is a non-profit organization that provides financial and emotional support to qualified individuals involved in drag racing accidents at a track. From 1985 through 2017, DRAW provided a total of $4,825,600 in financial assistance to 908 racing families.

Racers and motorsports editors have given FUELIN’ AROUND high marks. Fascinating and enjoyable stories, I laughed out loud more than once,” Andy Rogers, Eurodragster.com. “A page-turner you’re going to attempt to read in one shot,” John DiBartolomeo, Drag Racing Edge Magazine. “His book is great,” Bruce Larson, NHRA Funny Car Champion.

“Jim very graciously offered to give DRAW the profits off each book they sell on the midway throughout the season as a donation,” said Steve Leseur, DRAW Board Member. “Having been involved in the development of his story from the beginning, I am pleased to be able to offer this window into the motorsports industry to the public.” 

Kelly will be at the DRAW booth in Pomona each day from 10 to 11 am and 1:30 to 2:30 pm. For more information visit jkkelly.com, drawfasthelp.org, or nhra.com.

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The History Lesson

Deb Thompson, DRAW Historian

I think another Wally needs to be given out to something that moves faster than any top fueler/funny car. TIME wins the Wally. How is it that 2018 is coming to a close? On December 17 NHRA posted on Facebook that there were 51 days until the opening of the 2019 racing season! I enjoyed this year’s racing season. I was fortunate enough to work the DRAW booth at 2 national events and help at a few other events. It is so nice to meet people from across the country that support DRAW, meeting racers and their families that we have given assistance to, other vendors and all the fans that stop in the booth to make a purchase. It truly is a privilege. Along with the fun and excitement of each old year and the anticipation of a whole new year approaching, there is always some sadness and loss we each experience in our own events. There have been hurricanes and wild fires with devastating losses, accidents and death. But in all things, to me at least, it seems there is something good that can be found or that happens as a result of a loss. We all have been told and have read the thank-you notes from those that we have assisted over the years, how much DRAW helps. I believe DRAW has been that little glimmer of hope of something good resulting from a bad incident. That’s one of just many reasons I participate in DRAW and help where I can in DRAW’s mission. Thank you for your continued support of this great organization. Happy Holidays to all. Welcome 2019 with open arms and hearts! I hope to see you somewhere along the way in the 2019 racing season as we give to those that need our assistance.

Cards & Letters to Injured Racers is so Important
One of the great things about the Indy race is we generally get to see some injured racers from the past. It is always so heartwarming to get to visit with them and hear how they are doing. This year we had three racers stop by, Larry Sisk, Tom Brown and Ryan Gortney. When we work the booth or talked to the injured racers on the phone, we get to hear how important DRAW is important to their recovery. But only a few of us are fortunate enough to experience these "warm and fuzzies." Below is a letter from one of our current injured racers Andrew Blanton along with some pictures he sent with the letter. Please keep this letter in mind and when you get your DRAWing attention newsletter each month to send a few cards and/or letters out.

Dearest DRAW, 

Hi! I wanted to say hi and thank you to some of the friends that have kept in touch with me from DRAW. Constance Smith, Judy and Bill Leahey, Ray and Millie Martel have sent some very nice letters and they have made the most recent past a lot better. Please thank each of them for me and try to explain how much good happens from a single handwritten "hello". I have added some pictures of myself, Annika my daughter (sounds like Onikuh) and Kara my girlfriend. Thank you again from care and support.  The people at DRAW make my daily life a lot better!!!

Warm Regards
Andrew Blanton
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Drag Racing Association of Women Clarification

Due to a recent situation, the board members of the DRAW feel the need to clarify an 
item from the organizations Bylaws. 

Racers receiving aid from the Drag Racing Association of Women can not return to 
driving or riding a race vehicle and continue to receive aid from DRAW.

The thought being is that racer aid is there if you are not able to work or participate in normal life activities and have doctors orders that say so. If you are capable of 
operating any racing vehicle, then you should be capable of working or participating 
in normal life activities and will no longer receive aid from the Drag Racing 
Association of Women.

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Take just a little time to be prepared
I recently was slightly involved in something that made me want to write a little story
about being prepared for the worst. In this day and age, anyone that is 18 years or 
older should at least have a Power of Attorney in place and if you have a spouse, dependents or loved ones that depend on you make a Will. If you were to pass away tomorrow is everything in place to take care of the people you want to get taken care 
of? If you do not at least have a POA then you risk having everything tied up in court, sometimes for years, while the State tries to determine who should get your assets. 
Sit down with a lawyer and get a POA made up and put on file so if something does 
happen, your family and loved ones are not stuck trying to obtain what is supposed 
to be rightfully theirs.

Chris Hardesty
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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 2019
In 2019, DRAW will mark its 33rd 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 2019 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