ATLANTA, Ga., (Nov. 19, 1999) Hilton Racing and its owner, Richard Hilton, announced Friday the purchase of Brett Bodine Racing's No. 11 NASCAR Winston Cup Series team. Hilton Racing has teamed with long-time supporter Ralph's Supermarkets of California for the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Hilton Racing and Ralphs have a long standing in auto racing, as does driver Brett Bodine. Hilton Racing, Ralphs and Bodine plan to run their best respective seasons ever in the upcoming 2000 season.

"All of us here at the race team are excited about the future with Ralphs as our sponsor and Richard Hilton as our team/car owner," said Bodine, who currently drives his self-owned No. 11 Paychex Ford. "Diane and I are very pleased to have found such a wonderful person as Richard, who will continue to operate with the same dedication we have.

"Being an owner and driver was a little too much for me to handle on my own. I see this as a bright spot for the No. 11."

Hilton has been a team owner and partner with Ralphs Grocery Company in several auto racing series, including the NASCAR Winston Cup Series with the car No. 38, CART, IRL and the Toyota Atlantic Series.

The team's shop will remain in Mooresville, N.C.

"We are all very excited about our deal with Brett and Ralph's," Hilton said. "This is the level of racing we have been striving to get as a team, and with our sponsors."

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