BUSCH: Braun Racing adds sponsor

ABF TO SPONSOR BRAUN RACING IN THE 2006 NASCAR BUSCH SERIES (FORT SMITH, Ark., February 21, 2006) -- ABF Freight System, Inc., has signed a limited primary sponsorship with Braun Racing for the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series. The Nicorette...

ABF TO SPONSOR BRAUN RACING IN THE 2006 NASCAR BUSCH SERIES

(FORT SMITH, Ark., February 21, 2006) -- ABF Freight System, Inc., has signed a limited primary sponsorship with Braun Racing for the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series. The Nicorette 300 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 18th will mark the inaugural appearance of the #32 ABF U-Pack Moving Chevrolet driven by Jason Leffler. In addition, ABF will be an associate sponsor for the remaining 2006 season.

"NASCAR sponsorship is a way to show pride in the ABF brand, increase brand awareness for our U-Pack service, and strengthen relationships with the many loyal race fans among our customers and employees," said ABF President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Davidson. "Braun Racing shares the ABF commitment to excellence through teamwork and quality performance. We're all looking forward to solid performances from the #32 ABF U-Pack Moving Chevrolet on race day."

Leffler is a veteran NASCAR driver who is coming off a top 6 finish at Daytona last week. Mooresville, N.C.-based Braun Racing is led by owner Todd Braun. Todd Lohse is the crew chief.

"Crew chief Todd Lohse and I are looking to put the ABF U-Pack Moving Chevrolet in Victory Lane at Atlanta," said Leffler, "The Braun Team has a good package for this year, so I look forward to running up front and being around at the end to race for the win."

Introduced in 1997, ABF U-Pack Moving is a self-load moving service designed for do-it-yourself consumers, as well as corporate, institutional and military relocation specialists. U-Pack combines the economy of rental truck moving with the convenience of full-service moving.

Established in 1923, ABF is one of North America's oldest and most reputable motor carriers. Recognized as a benchmark for safety, security, technology and freight-handling standards, ABF has a distinguished record of service. In four of the past five years, ABF has earned either the Excellence in Claims/Loss Prevention Award, the Excellence in Security Award, or both from the American Trucking Associations Safety and Loss Prevention Management Council. ABF is the only carrier to have earned both awards in the same year, which it achieved in 2005 and 2001. ABF earned the ATA President's Trophy for Safety in 2003 for an unprecedented fifth time. The carrier's innovative use of information technology earned it the 2005 CIO Enterprise Value Award as well as a spot on the CIO Top 100 Companies list in both 2005 and 2004.

ABF operates an extensive network of customer service centers and distribution facilities strategically located throughout North America. Through this network, ABF provides comprehensive shipping services to all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Guam and Puerto Rico. Globally, the carrier serves 250 ports in more than 130 countries. ABF is certified as an Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) carrier by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as well as a Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Free and Secure Trade (FAST) carrier to and from Canada. Via its TimeKeeper service, ABF provides guaranteed service for expedited or time-definite shipments. ABF is the largest subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS).

For more information about ABF, please visit abf.com.

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