Sponsor renewed NHRA Baytown 2002

O'Reilly Auto Parts Extends Sponsorship of NHRA Spring Nationals GLENDORA, Calif. (Nov. 21, 2001) -- O'Reilly Auto Parts has reached a four-year extension with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) for their sponsorship of the NHRA Spring ...

O'Reilly Auto Parts Extends Sponsorship of NHRA Spring Nationals

GLENDORA, Calif. (Nov. 21, 2001) -- O'Reilly Auto Parts has reached a four-year extension with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) for their sponsorship of the NHRA Spring Nationals at the Houston Raceway Park, NHRA Vice President of Sales and Business Development Bob Wagner announced today.

The 15th annual O'Reilly Spring Nationals is scheduled for April 11-14, at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas. The race, which features some of the quickest and fastest racing on the circuit, is the fifth of 23 events in NHRA Drag Racing Series for 2002 and will be televised by the ESPN family of networks.

"O'Reilly Auto Parts is extremely excited to have the opportunity to continue the title sponsorship of the O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park," said Ron Byerly, vice president of advertising and marketing for O'Reilly Auto Parts. "We've enjoyed our relationship with the NHRA and Houston Raceway Park over the years and we certainly welcome an extended relationship with this fine event. We look forward to increased opportunities 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."

The commitment maintains O'Reilly's major presence in NHRA Drag Racing as an event title sponsor. The company also is the title sponsor of the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka in late May, the O'Reilly Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park in mid-September and the O'Reilly Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas in mid-October.

"With four NHRA national events under their sponsorship umbrella in 2002 and beyond, O'Reilly Auto Parts has become a major player in the world of NHRA Drag Racing," said Wagner. "By renewing their title sponsorship of one of our most exciting and tradition-rich events, O'Reilly continues to prove that it has the right formula for utilizing NHRA national event sponsorships as a part of their marketing direction. We're thrilled to have such an outstanding partner in growing our fan base."

O'Reilly Auto Parts 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.

-NHRA-

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