BUSCH: Tony Stewart Ready to Tackle Vegas

COUNT ON SHELL MOTTO OF TONY STEWART AND JOE GIBBS RACING/SHELL PONTIAC TEAM AS THEY HEAD FOR LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - When Shell Oil Products Company made the decision to become the primary sponsor of Joe Gibbs...

COUNT ON SHELL MOTTO OF TONY STEWART AND JOE GIBBS RACING/SHELL PONTIAC TEAM AS THEY HEAD FOR LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - When Shell Oil Products Company made the decision to become the primary sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Busch Grand National Team and driver Tony Stewart, there was no doubt the team would be able to Count on Shell as the standard by which they could set their goals for the 1998 season.

As Stewart and company look to the upcoming Sam’s Town Las Vegas 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on February 28, their results have shown the standard of excellence Shell has established off the track has carried through to the performance on the track.

“Through the first two races at Daytona and Rockingham, Shell has continually demonstrated their belief in our team’s ability to succeed,” stated Stewart. “As a driver, I could not ask for a better sponsor than Shell. They support our team by attending our races and give us the opportunity to meet their local station owners in the markets where we race. This program allows us to introduce our team to new fans in the Shell family and thank them for their support of our program. Just as customers Count on Shell for quality and service when pulling into a station for gas, our team can Count on Shell as our teammate as we head for victory circle.

Although I have not run the Shell Pontiac at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, my previous track experience plus the knowledge Bryant (Frazier-crew chief) and the crew gained at last year’s race with Bobby (Labonte) should give us a good starting point in getting the car set up for this race,” Stewart concluded. “We are going to try to get the Shell Pontiac to victory lane. We continue to learn every lap we run and know we are competitive and can run up front. It would be great to give Shell a win at Las Vegas.”

Shell Oil Company is one of America's leading oil and natural gas producers; manufacturers, transporters and marketers of oil and chemical products. It is a recognized pioneer in technology for oil and gas exploration and the largest gasoline marketer in the United States. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Shell Oil is an affiliate of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies.

The Sam’s Town Las Vegas 300 will be broadcast live via ESPN starting Saturday, February 28 at 4:00 PM EST. Live radio coverage will be provided by MRN radio to over 200 affiliate stations nationwide.

SHELL OIL PRE-RACE FACT SHEET AND DRIVER QUOTES

WHO:   Joe Gibbs Racing/Shell Oil Products Company Pontiac
       Driver:  Tony Stewart  Crew Chief:  Bryant Frazier

WHAT: Sam’s Town Las Vegas 300 Race 3 of 31 - NASCAR Busch Grand National Series

WHEN: February 26-28, 1998

WHERE: Las Vegas Motor Speedway - 1.5 mile Superspeedway Las Vegas, Nevada

SHELL DRIVER QUOTES:

Tony Stewart “Although I have not run the Shell Pontiac at Las Vegas Motor Speedway,the previous experience I have at the track plus the knowledge Bryant (Frazier- crew chief) and the crew gained at last year’s race with Bobby (Labonte) should give us a pretty good starting point in getting the car set up.

“We had a great run in Rockingham. I really wanted to get to victory lane for Shell, Joe Gibbs Racing and Pontiac after our disappointment in Daytona, but it wasn’t meant to be. However, we know we are competitive and can run up front all day with some of the greatest drivers.

“I wish I had had a pencil and piece of paper to write down all the things I learned following Mark Martin for all those laps. That lesson is invaluable and will help me as a continue to learn about racing these cars.

STEWART NASCAR BGN STATS: YEAR STARTS POLES WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 WINNINGS 1996 9 0 0 0 0 $45,140 1997 5 0 0 1 2 48,625 1998 2 1 0 1 32,970

SHELL MOTORSPORTS: NASCAR In August, 1997, Shell announced a one-year title sponsorship program with the Joe Gibbs Racing. The Shell car is being driven by NASCAR rookie racing sensation Tony Stewart on the NASCAR BUSCH Grand National Series. Gibbs is the former head coach of the National Football League’s Washington Redskins and has been elected the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame.

CART Shell is the proud sponsor of legendary Bobby Rahal and his motorsports team, which includes rising CART star and Rahal protégé Bryan Herta.. Shell recently renewed its sponsorship of "Team Rahal" to extend through the end of the century. CRAIG BREEDLOVE'S SPIRIT OF AMERICA Shell's sponsorship of Craig Breedlove, the 5-time "World Land Speed" record holder, dates back to the 1960's. Breedlove is the first person ever to break the 400, 500 and 600-mph marks in a land vehicle. Breedlove's jet-powered, 48,000 horsepower Spirit of America runs on Formula Shell Premium Gasoline,

ASSOCIATE SPONSORSHIP - NASCAR and NHRA Shell is an associate sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Winston Cup Team and NHRA Funny Car and Top Fuel Teams. The NASCAR Winston Cup Pontiac Grand Prix is driven by Bobby Labonte. Cory McClenathan pilots the Top Fuel car and the Funny Car is driven by Cruz Pedregon.

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