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Sun, 10 Feb 2013, 10:17 AM

Mickey Thompson Tires Named Official Sponsor Of X-DRL Top Sportsman Class for 2013 Season
Courtesy of X-DRL Communications


The Top Sportsman class in the X-treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL) will have outstanding backing as the new 1/8-mile sanctioning body prepares for its inaugural season. The X-DRL officially announced on Thursday that Mickey Thompson Performance Tires and Wheels will be the official sponsor for the Top Sportsman class for the 2013 X-DRL season, which begins on April 6-7 with the X-DRL Spring Nationals at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.

The class will officially be called Mickey Thompson Tires Top Sportsman, as one of the industry leaders in tires and wheels forms a new and growing partnership with the X-DRL.

"We really like the direction the X-DRL is headed and we are excited to partner with the X-DRL and sponsor the Top Sportsman class in 2013," Mickey Thompson Motorsports Manager Tom Kundrik said. "The Top Sportsman racers are a perfect fit in the X-DRL as the class offers a lot of terrific racing, and we are pleased to show our support for the Top Sportsman teams and the X-DRL this season. "We look forward to some great car counts and exciting racing with so many talented drivers competing for the 2013 X-DRL Mickey Thompson Tires Top Sportsman World Championship."

Founded in 1963 and headquartered in Stow, Ohio, Mickey Thompson is known worldwide as a leader in high performances tires and wheels, developing a number of innovative tires that are among the best performing in drag racing, making it a natural fit to partner with the X-DRL and its Top Sportsman class.

The popular class for full-bodied cars has long generated remarkable interest in the sport thanks to strong participation and remarkable side-by-side action. With support from Mickey Thompson, the anticipation for the class will certainly grow in 2013.

"We are thrilled to have Mickey Thompson Tires as the official sponsor of the Top Sportsman class. It really shows that they are on board with the X-DRL for the 2013 season and beyond, and it is also a great show of support for the outstanding Top Sportsman class," X-DRL Account Executive Keith Goolsby said.

"We've already had an incredible interest from the Top Sportsman racers regarding our 2013 season, and I'm sure this exciting announcement will only add to that. There is no doubt that it is going to be an unbelievable year for the X-DRL and the Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman class in 2013."

The debut season for the X-DRL in 2013 includes stops at nine of the nation's most prestigious tracks.

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April 6-7: X-DRL Spring Nationals, Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park, Tulsa, Okla.

April 26-27: X-DRL Thunder Valley Madness, Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn.

May 17-18: Bash On The Bayou, No Problem Raceway, Belle Rose, La.

June 14-15: X-treme Gateway Showdown, Gateway Motorsports Park, St. Louis

July 26-27: Mayhem At The Creek, Maryland International Raceway, Mechanicsville, Md.

Aug. 16-17: Hot Texas Nights, Dallas Raceway, Crandall, Texas

Sept. 20-21: Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Indianapolis

Oct. 4-5: Southern Slam, Montgomery Motorsports Park, Montgomery, Ala.

Oct. 25-26: X-Treme World Finals, zMAX Dragway, Charlotte, N.C.

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