The Amazing U.S. Nationals!
By Tracy Winters
an you imagine the world of drag racing without the NHRA U.S.
Nationals? To begin with, Indianapolis, Indiana, is at the
heart of racing –- period. There is no other drag racing
event in the world that compares to the NHRA U.S. Nationals.
I can still remember my first NHRA U.S. Nationals fourteen
years ago, at the age of twenty-four. It was absolutely amazing
and simply overwhelming to me. As a matter of fact, the U.S.
Nationals fourteen years ago was how I first became involved
with D.R.A.W. Now I am telling you my age. To this date when
I bring new sales executives to the races I can see the gleam
in their eye and their sheer and absolute amazement. To just
be a part of the NHRA U.S. Nationals in any capacity is an
experience most people will never forget.
the action-packed 2005 NHRA U.S. Nationals, D.R.A.W. volunteers
were hard at work raising money for their cause. On Saturday
morning an autograph session took place with several professional
drivers. The folks from the NHRA and POWERade generously allowed
D.R.A.W. to host the autograph session in front of the POWERade
The following racers graciously donated their time to D.R.A.W.:
Greg Anderson, Jack Beckman, Ron Capps, Larry Dixon, John
Force, Tommy Johnson Jr., Ken Koretsky, Jason Line, Clay Millican,
Gary Selzi, John Smith and Melanie Troxel. The two-hour autograph
session was beneficial to D.R.A.W. as a fundraiser and creating
public awareness of the organization.
Additionally, because the U.S. Nationals is such a large
event, D.R.A.W. needed to set up two booths. One booth provided
ladder sheets in the sportsman pit area, and the second serviced
the D.R.A.W. members and spectators on the PRO side on the
racetrack. The weekend proved to be successful for the D.R.A.W.
If you are in Dallas, Texas for the NHRA O’Reilly Fall
Nationals stop in and check out our annual style show and
auction. This is a great opportunity to meet some of the volunteers
from D.R.A.W., pick up some memorabilia items and watch a
very entertaining style show. The volunteers from D.R.A.W.
look forward to seeing you soon!
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