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Fri, 5 Oct 2001, 04:55 PM

Checker Schuck's Kragen Renews "Official Auto Parts Store" Sponsorship with
Courtesy of NHRA Communications

GLENDORA, Calif. -- NHRA Checker Schuck's Kragen (CSK Auto) has renewed its sponsorship with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) as its "Official Auto Parts Store".

The official status provides CSK Auto with the opportunity to utilize the NHRA mark in advertising and promotional campaigns. Through the official program, CSK Auto also receives signage at all national events, and is featured in many NHRA-driven marketing initiatives. In addition to its involvement with the sanctioning body, CSK Auto is the primary sponsor of the Checker Schuck's Kragen Pontiac Firebird Funny Cars owned by the Worsham Racing Team and also is the title sponsor of the Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, scheduled for Feb. 21-24, 2002.

"We are extremely pleased with our association with NHRA, the Worsham family and Firebird Raceway," said Joe Spica, manager of sales promotion and motorsports for CSK Auto. "Our involvement in NHRA provides us the perfect platform to reach our target demographic and we believe it has had a direct impact on our sales and marketing efforts everywhere we do business."

"We are happy with the continued participation of Checker Schuck's Kragen as the official auto parts store of NHRA," said Bob Wagner, NHRA vice president of sales. "They have been a committed partner throughout the tenure of the relationship providing groundbreaking promotions and support in many of NHRA's national event markets."

CSK Auto, Inc. is the largest retailer of automotive parts and accessories in the western United States and is among the top five automotive aftermarket retailers in the nation. The company currently operates more than 1,140 Checker Schuck's and Kragen Auto Parts stores in 19 states.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 24 national events through its NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has more than 80,000 members nationwide and more than 140 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Import Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA Castrol GTX Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

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