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 July DRAW paid out $18,000 in aid to 9 families
Also paid $5,000 in one Death Benefit
A special thank you to Gypsy for helping with the DRAW booth in 2016! 
DRAW board members Vicki Aswege, Yvette Williams, Rosalee Noble, Karen Comstock and Beth Hyatt present good friend Jeff "Gypsy" Mohr with a little present for all his help in making sure the DRAW booth was setup and tore down at all 24 NHRA National Events in 2016



Thanks Gyspy!
Phil Burkart Jr pilots Robert and Lisa Schwabs Funny Car in
Las Vegas with a shout out to DRAW!
DRAW Annual Charity Auction  
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DRAW 2017-2018 Board of Trustee Nominees 

Chris Hardesty


Draw Position(s) Held: President (current), Vice President, Website Coordinator, Board of Trustees, Financial Committee

Time donated to Draw or other volunteer activities: Joliet Auction 2000-2010. Dallas Auction 2011-2016. Scan and deposit incoming donation from

seasonal DRAW mailers on a daily basis. Listing items on Ebay to sell for DRAW. Manage website on a weekly basis.

Drag Racing Affiliation, if any: Owned and ran a 1984 Camaro alcohol powered big block in the mid 2000's

NHRA Event(s) attended in 2016: Gainesville, Joliet, Indy, and Dallas

NHRA Event(s) planning to attend in 2017: Bristol, Joliet, Indy, St Louis and Dallas

Current Employment (optional): Service and Parts Director for Extreme Nissan, Hyundai and Kia. I have been in the automotive business 30 years.

Computer Skills (optional): Basic IT knowledge, Website design and building, Computer diagnostics

Hobbies (optional): Classic cars mostly 1st and 2nd generation Camaros and Trans Ams. Older motorcycles, minibikes and ATV's. Maintaining my home

and property.

Any other information you would like us to know: I started out as a volunteer for DRAW at the 2000 Joliet charity auction. My wife and friends helped

run that auction till the last one in 2010. I was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2011, was elected to the Vice President position in 2013 and moved into

the President’s position in 2015. I am a huge drag racing fan at heart, attended the 1988 US National and have only missed a few years since then. I believe

DRAW is one of the best kept secrets in drag racing, my goal is to let everyone know about the secret and spread the word.



Beth Hyatt


DRAW position(s) held – President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary

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. Set the booth up as an independent display this year and coordinated receiving the ladder sheets

wirelessly at the booth for printing and sales.

Current or most recent employment (optional)

Don Schumacher Racing – Fleet Manager & Hospitality at the track. 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.

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 2016 – 23 of the 24


Judy Leahy


Draw Position(s) held: Track Rep. Pacemakers Dragway, Mt. Vernon, OH

Time Donated to DRAW or other volunteer activities: 4 to 5 hours monthly. Started as track rep. last year. Held 3 50-50’s each year including bracket

 finals at Indy. Have fellow racers sign cards for injured, etc. Racers in Division 3.

DRAG Racing Affiliation if any: NHRA member

NHRA Event(s) attended in 2015: weekly participant at home track April through October. Pomona (Bill – husband raced for S/Pro champ Div. 3)

NHRA Event(s) planning to attend in 2016 and 2017: Weekly participant at home track April through October, Indianapolis and bracket finals (Indy). Bill

and I are bracket racers and race mainly at Pacemakers.

Current Employment (optional): Work full time as a receptionist

Computer Skills (optional): intermediate, word, excel, MS office, emails.

Hobbies (optional): love to shop, race, spend time with Laine, our 10-year-old+ poodle mix, spend time at amusement parks with my favorite Racer-Bill.

Any other information you would like us to know: I have been in the administrative roll of 30+ years, I have assisted in HR, Operations, Collections,

Marketing and Accounting. DRAW is such a wonderful organization to be a part of at any level. It is an honor to be a part of the DRAW organization.


Steve LeSueur


Draw Position(s) Held: Board member 2015-16, alternate 2011-12

Time donated to Draw or other volunteer activities: Working the booth at several events, doing PR, coordinating the newsletter

Drag Racing Affiliation, if any: I have been involved my entire life, currently relaunching my race fuel company

NHRA Event(s) attended in 2016: Gainesville, Charlotte 1&2, New England, Englishtown, Indy, Reading, Dallas

NHRA Event(s) planning to attend in 2017: Same as above plus whatever else DRAW needs

Current Employment (optional): Self employed

Computer Skills: Minimal

Hobbies (optional): Who has time?


Sara McLemore


Draw Position(s) Held: Board Trustee (1990-Present), Vice-President (1991, 2012-2013), President (1992), Area 4 Coordinator, (1993-Present)

Time donated to Draw or other volunteer activities: As Area 4 Coordinator, I attend and have a DRAW booth at the 6 NHRA Div. 4 LODRS events and

at various Junior Dragster events. I work the DRAW booth at the 3-4 National events that I attend; I’m on the Injured Racer’s Calling Committee, and assist

with the DRAW Annual Auction.

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Drag 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.

NHRA Event(s) attended in 2016: NHRA Nationals events at Houston, Indianapolis and Dallas

NHRA Event(s) planning to attend in 2017: NHRA Nationals events at Houston, Indianapolis, and Dallas

Current Employment (optional):

Retired from Harris County, Texas, Tax Office as Training Manager

Computer Skills (optional): Word, Excel, Publisher

Hobbies (optional): A little gardening, playing the piano and singing

Any 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.


Christopher Mulberry (Chis or Petey)


Drag racing Affiliation: Don Schumacher Racing (present) Bob Vandergriff Racing (past)

NHRA events attended in 2016: 19

NHRA events planning on attending in 2017: 24

Current employment: Top Fuel team DSR

Computer skills (optional): Above average

Hobbies (optional): Hockey, sports in general, hiking, poker

Any other information you would like us to know: I have met several DRAW members and appreciate what they do for the racers and crew members.


Judi Nuest


Draw Position(s) Held: Long time member

Time donated to DRAW or other Volunteer activities: Helped with auction when it was held in Indy, long history of volunteer work in my community

Drag Racing Affiliation, if any: NHRA

NHRA Event(s) attended in 2016: Gainesville, Norwalk, Bristol, Joliet, entered in Brainerd, Indy, St. Louis. Also Gainesville Divisional, All Division 3

events, Bowling Green Jegs Open.

NHRA Event(s) planning to attend in 2017: About the same as 2016

Current Employment: Farm with husband, AKA, hired hand—LOL!

Computer Skills: MS Products, Internet, social media

Any other information you would like us to know: B.S. in Business Administration, major—Management. Valparaiso University 2002


Travis Shadwell


DRAW Position(s) Held:

Time donated to DRAW or other volunteer activities:

Drag Racing Affiliation, if any:

NHRA Event(s) attended in 2016: US Nationals, Midwest Nationals

NHRA Event(s) planning on attending in 2017: US Nationals, Midwest Nationals

Current Employment (optional): Sherwin Williams Distribution Center

Hobbies (optional): Indianapolis 500 Memorabilia, NHRA Memorabilia collector, playing golf

Any other information you would like us to know: I just want to help give back to the sport I love.


Yvette Williams


Draw Position(s) Held: Board Member since 2012

Time donated to Draw or other volunteer activities: Have worked the Auction in Dallas for the last 5 years

Drag Racing Affiliation, if any: Work for DSR – Don Schumacher Racing

NHRA Event(s) attended in 2016: 10

NHRA Event(s) planning to attend in 2017: 10 to 12


Ashley Yost


Draw Position(s) Held: Recording Secretary

Time donated to Draw or other volunteer activities: I have been a member of DRAW for 6 years and also help raise money for Indiana’s Children Hospital.

NHRA Event(s) attended in 2016: Houston, Chicago, Indy and Dallas

NHRA Event(s) planning to attend in 2017: Gainesville, Houston, Indy and Dallas

Computer Skills (optional): Word, Excel

Hobbies (optional): Travel and scrapbooking

Any other information you would like us to know: I have been involved in drag racing my whole life and grew up at the track. In my spare time I love to

travel the world and scrapbook my photos.

 

                                                                                   DRAW BOARD OF TRUSTEES – 2017-2018 ELECTION BALLOT

(BALLOT MUST BE RECEIVED BY MIDNIGHT PST, NOVEMBER 20, 2016)

Listed below in alphabetical order are ten (10) candidates seeking to fill the six (6) seats on the Board of Trustees for 2017-2018 term

VOTE FOR ONLY SIX (6) BY PLACING AN X IN FRONT OF THEIR NAMES OR E-MAILING

THE SIX NAMES TO THE ADDRESS BELOW:

_______ Hardesty, Chris

_______ Hyatt, Beth

_______ Leahey, Judy

_______ LeSeuer, Steve

_______ McLemore, Sarah

_______ Mulberry, Chris

_______ Nuest, Judi

_______ Shadwell, Travis

_______ Williams, Yvette

_______ Yost, Ashley

Your Name:________________________________________________________________

Your DRAW Membership Number: ____________________________________________________

(Your DRAW Membership Number is located above your name on the address label of this newsletter)

When the ballot is complete, Mail to:

DRAW 2017-2018 Trustee Election

c/o Kathi Vandermeer – 16889 Rose Briar Lane – Nampa, ID 83687

Or Fax – 208 442-5274

Or E-Mail – kathi515@cableone.net

 
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Pictures from the US Nationals 
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The Circle of Knowledge Gang at Brainerd
The Circle of Knowledge gang has been gathering on Thursday before the race at Brainerd for many a year at the motel they all stay at. This year the gang threw Rosalee and Terry Noble a little "cutting back" cake party to celebrate all their years of hanging out together and maybe, just maybe to bribe them to come back next year. Deb and Scott Pearson have been a great help to Terry and Rosalee over the years so I bet the Nobles will be back in 2017.

Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet 
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

There were several different kinds of fundraisers "back in the day." Besides the style show and auction at the Texas Motorplex and the Indy Auction, several

different kinds of raffles were held in different divisions/areas. Since there are so many different ones, I can only mention just a few as I come across them in

 reading through past newsletters. In 1986 Chief Auto Parts and 7-Eleven donated a replica of Bob Glidden’s Pro Stock Thunderbird to be raffled off. In 1987

Frank Hawley, owner of The Drag Racing School, donated a gas drivers course in either a dragster or funny car to be used as a raffle for DRAW. In 1988,

Area 2 had a pig kissing contest with people donating to the person they wanted to see kiss the pig. Area 2 also raffled off a Hawaiian Punch Mini Car. Back

in March 1988, Howard Shelley of Hawaiian Punch made a donation to DRAW in the form of a vacation to the then Winston Finals to be given away in a raffle,

consisting of a 5-day trip with round trip airfare, luxury accommodations, passes to the races and tickets to Disneyland.

In both the May and September 1989 DRAWing Attention, there was a column with excerpts from articles about DRAW published in the Moroso Reaction

Times paper. From those articles: "Anyone can join. … Even more important is the friendship and camaraderie that is established...This organization is for

you, a guarantee of help." "DRAW stands as a collection of motivated and committed people who realize that life holds victories beyond those won on the

track."

Of course through these 31 years, changes have occurred to our fundraising activities as well as changes to those "committed people" mentioned from

different articles about DRAW. Along those lines, there is no longer the Indy Auction. But we do still have the auction held at the Texas Motorplex. It is coming

 soon and will be held this year on Saturday, October 15, 2016 during the AAA Texas Fall Nationals in Ennis, TX. Then there are people like John and Diane

Cole doing our 50/50 raffles at national events that have been so devoted to DRAW through the years, volunteering so much of their personal time to DRAW.

This organization is as strong as the people who volunteer. John and Diane Cole certainly are great examples of motivation and devotion. While very few of

us will accomplish what they have, any amount of time spent helps injured racers in need. Keep on giving, however and how much you can. Everything helps!

Thank you, John and Diane, for setting a great example for us all to follow.

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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 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