Marlin's car Vegas sponsor named

WILEY X EYEWEAR TO SPONSOR MARLIN'S NO. 14 CHEVY IN LAS VEGAS MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 6, 2006) -- Wiley X Eyewear (pronounced Y-lee), a manufacturer of sports, casual and tactical eyewear, will be the primary sponsor on Sterling Marlin's No.

WILEY X EYEWEAR TO SPONSOR MARLIN'S NO. 14 CHEVY IN LAS VEGAS

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 6, 2006) -- Wiley X Eyewear (pronounced Y-lee), a manufacturer of sports, casual and tactical eyewear, will be the primary sponsor on Sterling Marlin's No. 14 Chevrolet for this weekend's NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The MB2 Motorsports entry will carry the black and red colors of Wiley X, a company that was lauded by the New England Journal of Medicine in the Dec. 9, 2004 issue. The renowned weekly medical publication stated that Wiley X ballistic eyewear was one of the main reasons for the decreasing amount of eye injuries suffered by soldiers.

Along with being a major supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies, Wiley X produces sophisticated sunglasses for both causal, active wear and specialty eyewear for the motorcycle, mountain/street bike, hunting, boating and fishing markets to name a few.

"It's hard to contain our excitement after finalizing a deal with the good folks at MB2 Motorsports to have our very own Nextel Cup car competing in Las Vegas, " said Myles Freeman, co-owner and vice president of sales for Wiley X Eyewear. "And, we couldn't have a better role model than Sterling Marlin to drive the No. 14 Wiley X Eyewear car. This race is dedicated to all of our retail customers who have helped us achieve such a lofty goal in our quest to further raise brand awareness."

Marlin, the 2002 winner at Las Vegas, feels his new team is ready for a breakthrough race in the Wiley X Chevy.

"We had a good test in Las Vegas (in January) and I think we're ready to jump out and run up front," said Marlin. "We're banking on a red-hot performance to go along with our cool-looking car and our cool-looking Wiley X shades."

Wiley X is not a stranger to motorsports. The company is in its second season as an associate sponsor on the MB2-owned U.S. Army Chevrolet driven by Joe Nemechek. Wiley X has also established an official status with the International Race of Champions (IROC) circuit.

"Wiley X has been a great partner and we appreciate them stepping up for this opportunity," said Jay Frye, MB2's CEO and general manager. "It's always exciting when we are able to provide a company with its first experience as a primary sponsor."

-mb2m

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek , Sterling Marlin