Valvoline Cup National Class Champions named

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 26, 2002) -- The Valvoline Co. is proud to announce the winners of the 2002 Valvoline Cup, presented by Campbell Hausfeld, national points championship. The top driver from across the country in each of the thirty-one...

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 26, 2002) -- The Valvoline Co. is proud to announce the winners of the 2002 Valvoline Cup, presented by Campbell Hausfeld, national points championship. The top driver from across the country in each of the thirty-one Valvoline Cup classes will be crowned as national champion, while over 700 drivers will be receiving awards for their season long accomplishments with the awards going as far as thirtieth place in each class.

For the Valvoline Cup, 2002 marked the inaugural season of a national championship, that embraces all forms of motorsports competition among its 31 classes. In order to compete, drivers simply registered at their local track, or on www.ValvolineCup.com, at no cost, and then submited their racing results after each racing event they competed in throughout the season. At the end of the racing season, each driver has been awarded points based on the best 15 event finishes.

There are no Valvoline Cup program rules with respect to the cars, tracks and racing. The rules of the tracks and sanctioning organizations under which each driver competes will govern that driver and the car. The Valvoline Cup will be a measure of the success of a driver within his or her racing program relative to the success of other drivers in similar cars within their program.

Each of the 31 Valvoline Cup national champions will receive a prize package valued just over $4,000, which includes $1,000 cash, Campbell Hausfeld equipment award, Valvoline Racing products support package for the 2003 racing season, Campbell Hausfeld and Valvoline branded merchandise, Valvoline Cup champion's jacket, and a deluxe Valvoline Cup trophy. Drivers placing second, and third, will also receive cash prizes, in addition to merchandise from Valvoline and Campbell Hausfeld. Drivers placing fourth through thirtieth will receive award certificates, in addition to product rebates from Valvoline and Campbell Hausfeld. The remaining top finishers in the top 30 in each class will receive an award certificate and various product and merchandise items.

The following national champions have topped the list of over 84,000 drivers that registered for the 2002 Valvoline Cup presented by Campbell Hausfeld. <pre> 2002 VALVOLINE CUP NATIONAL CHAMPIONS Asphalt Stock: David Castello, Ormond Beach, FL Dirt Late Model: Dan Armbruster, Harborcreek, PA Dirt Stock: Michael Nichols, Harlan, IA Entry Level: Shane Monson, Clear Lake, IA Paved Late Model: Charles Wares, Tucson, AZ Truck: Sean Allen, Des Moines, IA Scaled Stock: Will Kimmel, Sellersburg, IN Class Drags: Clint Blezien, Benesville, IL ET Bracket Foot Brake: Chris Johansen, Slidell, LA ET Bracket Street: Brett Olson, Sacramento, CA ET Bracket Super Pro/Top ET: Joe Dickenson, Navoo, AL Import Drag: Roger Williams, Elk Grove, CA Jr. Dragster: Reba Robinson, Jemison, AL Motorcycle Drag: Rick Newport, West Valley City, UT Nostalgia Drag: Jeff Crider, Bakersfield, CA Pro Heads Up: Nesbit King, Semora, NC Super Class Drag: Ken MacNicol, Hendersonville, TN Full Bodied Sports Car: Serge Lentz, Circleville, NY Open Wheel Sports Car: Nicola St. Laurent, Austin, TX Time Trials: Erik Strelnieks, Austin, TX Modified: Ron Barker, Duburque, IA Micros: James Young, Johnstown, PA Midget: Steve Thinnes, West Chicago, IL Sprint Car: Elmer Morgan, Farmers Branch, IL Karts Jr. Speedway: Morgan Blalock, Madison, AL Karts Sr. Speedway: Mike Slabenak, Cicero, IL Karts Jr. Sprint: Paulie Harraka, Fair Lawn, NJ Karts Sr. Sprint: Lamont Critchett, Chicago Heights, IL Motorcycle: Mike Marthaller, Everett, WA Off Road: Rupert Barrington, Centennial, CO Powerboats: Duff Dailey, Stuart, FL

NOTE: Full results can be found on www.valvolinecup.com

</pre> The Valvoline Company, along with presenting sponsor Campbell Hausfeld, extend their congratulations to each of the 2002 national champions, and to the over 700 class winners that will also be receiving awards. The expanded 2003 Valvoline Cup will be announced during the month of January. All drivers that wish to enroll for the 2003 program can do so now at www.valvolinecup.com.

The Valvoline Cup is only the latest example of Valvoline's support of grassroots racers. Valvoline is a contingency sponsor in NHRA drag racing and for the past six years has been the No. 1 choice of motor oil by NHRA sportsmen-class racers at NHRA pro events. For the past 17 years, Valvoline has sponsored the national championships for the Sports Car Club of America, The SCCA Valvoline Runoffs®.

Drivers and others interested in the Valvoline Cup can call 1-877-302-0290, e-mail customercare@valvolinecup.com or visit www.valvolinecup.com for more information and to register.

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