Hedlesky to race at Talladega

Hedlesky Teams with Robert Yates Racing for ARCA REMAX Talladega 250 Mooresville, N.C. (August 28, 2007) --After a solid performance at Chicago, qualifying 11th, running as high as 10th before getting tangled up in a wreck in front of him...

Hedlesky Teams with Robert Yates Racing for ARCA REMAX Talladega 250

Mooresville, N.C. (August 28, 2007) --After a solid performance at Chicago, qualifying 11th, running as high as 10th before getting tangled up in a wreck in front of him late in the race, then finishing 14th, Jason Hedlesky has found a new ride and a serious opportunity to compete at the ARCA REMAX Talladega 250 on October 5, 2007.

After two races in Bob Schacht's No. 75 car, Hedlesky will drive the No.7 car in a joint effort with owner Bill Gerhart Racing and Robert Yates Racing. Hedlesky will be driving the same car Ricky Rudd ran 4th at the Daytona 500 earlier this year. "Curtis Air Compressor President DonL Parsons has been a great sponsor and backed us 100% in the two races with Bob Schacht Motorsports. Bob gave us good equipment and a chance to compete at St. Louis and Chicago, but this combination of Robert Yates and Bill Gerhart will be a great opportunity and make us rain proof at Talladega, said Hedlesky". With just 5 races this season the No. 75 car is not assured a spot in the race should qualifying be rained out. "We held our breath for 5 straight days leading up to Chicago, with forecasts calling for a 90% chance of rain on qualifying day", said Parsons. "We were extremely fortunate when we ended up with good weather and qualified well into the field".

"It feels good to be racing every week end again with a quality sponsor like Curtis Air Compressors, and look forward to a chance to get back into the top ten in driver points by the end of the year," Hedlesky said. With two races to go Hedlesky was solidly in the top ten when his previous team folded prior to the Pocono ARCA race in July. The former team manager for NASCAR team Donlavey Racing and spotter for Bristol winner Carl Edwards, and this week's winner of Dover's "Monster Mile", will drive a car prepared by racing legend Robert Yates.

Yates, a legend in building engines as well as race teams, looks forward to a busier than planned schedule at Talladega. "With the Busch teams having the week off, we are glad to support Jason who is a respected part of our organization, and we are looking forward to working with Curtis Air Compressors who has shown a real interest in Motorsports this year." said Robert Yates who manages Robert Yates Racing.

Jay R. Hedges, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Curtis Air Compressors is organizing Curtis' Motorsports actvities. "We have used Nextel Cup races to entertain customers, but sponsoring an ARCA REMAX Series Team is very different," Hedges said. "We have had tremendous fan support from our distributors throughout the Midwest, but now we are going into the heart of racing country at Talladega, and teaming Robert Yates Racing is really something to look forward to. The relationships we are building with at track hospitality, and the Speed Channel are amazing. People call and e-mail everyday wanting to know if we will be racing again this week or what time they can watch the race on the Speed Channel. We are getting so many requests for Curtis Racing gear with Jason's autograph that we are considering an outside firm to handle fulfillment."

Curtis has forged sponsorship alliances with Curtis customers like racing savvy Sherwin Williams and Ford, as well as FS Elliott Compressors of Export City, PA, a sister company to Curtis Air Compressors. "The co-sponsorships allow us to put Jason in the best equipment available and provide a good show and at track hospitality for our customers, and their customers", said Hedges. "We continue to be amazed at the support from so many people like ARCA officials, Hoosier Tire, logos and design work by JKS Marketing, and track officials at St. Louis International Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and now the storied Talladega Superspeedway."

-credit: jh/bt

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Series ARCA
Drivers Jason Hedlesky , Carl Edwards , Robert Yates , Bob Schacht
Teams Williams , Yates Racing