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 1985-2016 - $4,649,692
Number of families assisted 1985-2016 -  880

Amount of aid paid out in 2016 - $169,750

Number of families assisted in 2016 - 25
During the month of March DRAW paid out $12,000 in aid to 11 families
DRAW also paid $5,000 in a death benefit to assist
1 family

Top Fuel Harley Helmet auction in memory of
Larry "Drums" Brancaccio

Top Fuel Harley rider Chris Smith donated his helmet, signed by all 16 Top Fuel Harley riders at the 2017 NHRA Bristol Thunder Valley Nationals, for auction in memory of Larry "Drums" Brancaccio. The auction was held on the Top Fuel Harley Associations Facebook page. The winning bidder was Colbert Seagraves from Langcourt Performance who was a good friend of Drums. DRAW sends out a HUGE thank you to Chris Smith, all the Top Fuel Harley Riders and Colbert for their generous donation to DRAW!

NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway


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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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Top End Club at Z Max Dragway

They out did themselves again this year at their BBQ in memeory of Mark Lyle and Ronnie Davis. They do not charge for the dinner, they ask for donations with it all going to DRAW. This Spring the event brought in over $2,000! 
2017 Tracy Winters Memorial Golf Tournament 
DRAW Ebay Sell Off!!
Here at DRAW we get a lot of really cool racing related stuff donated by our great
members, fans, race teams and drivers
We try and auction it off in Dallas but we always have excess so I am going to be
throwing stuff on Ebay under the used id drawfasthelp or you can try this link http://www.ebay.com/sch/drawfasthelp/m.html
We also have a lot of NHRA event pins from many, many years going back to mid
90's to current. Lots and lots and lots of pins! So if you are looking for a certain
year and event pin or even a complete set of a specific year (we have a few of those)
send me an email at harbone66@gmail.com and let me know what you need.
Remember all purchases are tax deductible!
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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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The History Lesson

Deb Thompson, DRAW Historian

I just returned from a much-needed trip to Gainesville, Florida for the GatorNationals. DRAW had their first board meeting of the season. It’s

always so nice to see everyone. Some good friends and former board members spent time in the DRAW booth with us, Joan Gwynn and

Edie Mountjoy. The annual golf tournament was once again held in Gainesville, The Tracy Winters Golf Tournament. Since we always have new
members, I think sharing our history helps everyone feel more a part of “our story.” Because the golf tournament is a fun annual fundraising

event, I thought I’d share some of the history and a little about Tracy Winters, now that the tournament carries her name. The very first

golf tournament DRAW had was held in Topeka, Kansas in 1995. However, the official beginning of the annual Gainesville GatorNationals golf
tournament was held in 1997. It is now referred to as the DRAW Tracy Winters Golf Tournament honoring Tracy after she passed away in 2013.
Tracy Winters started out as an Area 2 Coordinator for DRAW from 1993 to 1997. She was also on the Board of Trustees from 1994 to 1998

and again from 2000 to 2013. She was DRAW Press Secretary from 1995 to 1998 and in 2002. She played a big part in the success of the golf tournament. And that’s just a tidbit of DRAW history for you. Always more to come and more history to be made! Thanks for being a part of

our past and present and future.

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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
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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 2017
In 2017, DRAW will mark its 32nd 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 2017 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