Todd Parrott wins "IRWIN Crew Chief of the Week" honors

Sawing through adversity, No. 88 Crew Chief Todd Parrott takes home IRWIN Crew Chief of the Week Honors. VERNON HILLS, Ill., April 16, 2002 - The No. 88 UPS Racing team scored a fourth-place finish in Sunday's Virginia 500 at Martinsville ...

Sawing through adversity, No. 88 Crew Chief Todd Parrott takes home IRWIN Crew Chief of the Week Honors.

VERNON HILLS, Ill., April 16, 2002 - The No. 88 UPS Racing team scored a fourth-place finish in Sunday's Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway - the team's seventh straight top-10 finish at the half-mile speedway. As a result, team crew chief Todd Parrott takes home this week's "IRWIN Rough to the Finish" award.

In a race filled with cautions, Dale Jarrett managed to dodge the numerous incidents on his way to his first top-five finish of the 2002 season. Strategy was key for the No. 88 team as Jarrett started the Virginia 500 in 31st place. At a track where cars can lose a lap early, track position was key.

"Track position is everything here and you had to really plan your strategy," said crew chief Todd Parrott. "It worked out for us today and we were able to get a good top-five finish."

Jarrett lost a lap early in the race when the team was penalized 15 seconds for having to use a back-up air wrench. After getting back on the lead lap during a caution on lap 254, the team climbed as high as second before slipping to a fourth-place finish.

"We really didn't think we had a chance for the win after we got a lap down," Parrott said. "The guys did a really good job and got Dale back on the lead lap. It was a hard fought battle."

Each week throughout the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup season, IRWIN, makers of professional power tool accessories like MARATHON PLUS saw blades and SPEEDBOR flat bits, is partnering with Performance Racing Network to honor the crew chief who had the toughest day in the pits, but still managed to help his team to a strong finish.

"IRWIN is proud to honor the hard-working crew chiefs of NASCAR Winston Cup Racing with this award," said Chris Connington, Vice President, Marketing, IRWIN. "Much like our line of bits and blades optimize a power tool's performance, these professionals have had to perform in all types of conditions, with many surprises and under intense pressure. Through the course of the race the selected crew has been able to optimize their car's performance."

The IRWIN Rough to the Finish Award includes an assortment of tools for the crew chief and a $250 check donated to the Connie Parsons Memorial Fund in the racing team's name. The year-end winner of the crew chief points standings will win a $5,000 check donated to the Fund. Race fans wanting to make a contribution to the Fund may do so by sending it to The Connie Parsons Memorial Fund, PO Box 443, Ellerbe, NC 28338.

In addition to the crew chief award, IRWIN is also sponsoring the weekly nationally syndicated radio show, "Fast Talk with Benny Parsons", throughout the upcoming year.

"Working with Benny Parsons and the PRN family is a natural fit for the IRWIN bits and blades line," said Connington. "The NASCAR fan-base is a hands-on group of people that are driven to do it themselves, if they can. IRWIN bits and blades are engineered to last long and provide precise cuts that will help professionals and DIYers do their best work."

IRWIN offers a complete line of saw blades and drill bits. From framing to the finest trim work; the performance of your bit and/or blade can be the difference between a long, hard day or one that runs smooth and easy. IRWIN specializes in the engineering and the manufacturing of these high performance bits and blades. Each is engineered to last, to deliver precision cuts and to optimize the output of your power tool. IRWIN drill bits includes SPEEDBOR wood boring bits, TURBOMAX drill bits, UNI-BIT step drill bits, and the unique IRWIN multi-purpose drill bits that penetrate various materials such as brick, marble, plastic, metal, cement and wood. A complete list of IRWIN products and capabilities is online at www.irwintool.com.

IRWIN is a brand of American Tool Companies, Inc., a global manufacturer and marketer of top-quality hand tools, power tool accessories, clamping tools and marking tools. American Tool Companies employs more than 4,000 people at facilities in Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin, Maine, New York and in 11 other countries.

Other American Tool product lines include VISE-GRIP® locking tools, QUICK-GRIP® clamping tools, STRAIT-LINE® marking tools and RECORD® hand tools. For company information, customers can visit www.americantool.com.

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