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Tue, 23 Oct 2001, 08:10 AM

O'Reilly Auto Parts Extends Sponsorship of NHRA Fall Nationals
Courtesy of NHRA Communications

GLENDORA, Calif. -- O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. has reached a four-year extension with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) for their sponsorship of the NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex, NHRA Vice President of Sales and Business Development Bob Wagner announced today.

The 17th annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals is scheduled for Oct. 10-13, at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas. The race is the 21st of 23 events in NHRA Drag Racing Series for 2002.

"O'Reilly Auto Parts is extremely excited to have the opportunity to continue the title sponsorship of the O'Reilly Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex," said Ron Byerly, vice president of advertising and marketing for O'Reilly Auto Parts. "We've enjoyed our relationship with the NHRA over the years and we certainly welcome continued opportunites to expose our customers to the excitement of NHRA Drag Racing through a variety of promotions and discount coupons for tickets that will be available through O'Reilly Auto Parts stores. This is one of the premier auto racing events in the United States and we look forward to continuing our association with it."

The committment maintains O'Reilly's presence in NHRA Drag Racing. The company also is the title sponsor of the O'Reilly Nationals at Houston Raceway Park in mid-April.

"It's rewarding to see a progressive company like O'Reilly Automotive expand their presence in the NHRA Drag Racing Series by renewing their title sponsorship of one of our most exciting and tradition-rich events, the O'Reilly Fall Nationals," said Wagner. "O'Reilly has certainly demonstrated their ability to effectively utilize NHRA national event sponsorships as a part of their marketing direction and continue to be an outstanding partner in growing our fan base."

O'Reilly Automotive is one of the largest specialty retailers of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment and accessories in the United States, serving both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets. Founded in 1957 by the O'Reilly family, the company operates more than 730 stores within the states of Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska and Illinois.

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 in 2001. 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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