Etchells Racing and Matco Tools Team for 2000

MATCO TOOLS, ETCHELLS RACING TO TEAM UP IN 2000 Houston, Texas, October 27, 1999 - At today's press conference for the Matco Tools Supernationals in Houston Eric Mullenmeister, Vice President of Sales and Motorsports for Matco Tools, and Chuck...

MATCO TOOLS, ETCHELLS RACING TO TEAM UP IN 2000

Houston, Texas, October 27, 1999 - At today's press conference for the Matco Tools Supernationals in Houston Eric Mullenmeister, Vice President of Sales and Motorsports for Matco Tools, and Chuck Etchells announced that the renowned tool company would be joining the Etchells organization in the year 2000 as a major associate sponsor. As such, the Matco name and logo will be prominently displayed on the Etchells Camaro Z28 Funny Car starting with next year's opening event, the NHRA Chief Auto Parts Winternationals in Pomona, California. In addition, the official designation for Etchells Racing entry will become the Kendall Oil/Matco Tools Camaro.

"Matco Tools is thrilled to welcome the Chuck Etchells Racing Team to the Matco family," said Mr. Mullenmeister. "We consider them to a valuable addition to our motorsports program, and fully expect the Kendall Oil/Matco Tools Camaro to be an active participant towards our goal of being the leader on and off the track."

Matco Tools, whose company headquarters are in Stow, Ohio, manufactures a complete line of professional quality hand tools, diagnostic equipment and toolboxes. A full-service company, Matco combines a network of over 1,300 distributors servicing close to a million service technicians and mechanics across the United States and Puerto Rico with an industrial sales department to handle large companies and technical schools. Recognized as one of the leaders in the automotive service market, Matco is celebrating is twentieth anniversary in 1999. Matco also boasts an outstanding motorsports program, with widespread involvement in the NHRA, NASCAR and the World of Outlaws. Further information can be obtained on the Internet at the company's official web site, www.matcotools.com.

The Etchells Racing team is in the midst of another solid season, and is certain to extend their streak of consecutive Top Five points finishes to eight. With Whit Bazemore in his first year behind the wheel of the Etchells "fuel coupe" and under the guidance of veteran crew chiefs Tim and Kim Richards, this team has been a contender at every stop on the NHRA Winston Drag Racing circuit. During a four-race period in August, the Etchells Camaro was virtually unstoppable, reaching four consecutive final rounds and "sweeping" the Autolite Nationals in Sonoma, California. (i.e., Claiming the top qualify ing position, winning the event and setting both ends of the track record.)

Currently their record stands at one victory, five final round appearances, three pole positions and third place in the season's points standings.

"The Etchells Racing team is honored to be allied with a company of the quality and caliber of Matco Tools," stated team owner Chuck Etchells. "We welcome them on board and look forward to a long and mutually successful relationship with Matco and all their distributors. Every member of this team is ready to work very hard on their behalf, as we do with all our sponsors, and reward them for their confidence. I think this will be the perfect marriage of winning talent with winning tools."

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Series Automotive , NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Chuck Etchells