HT Motorsports announce sponsor

Melling Engine Parts To Sponsor HT Motorsports NASCAR Truck Series Entry in 2007 MARTINSVILLE, VA (February 6, 2007) - Jim Harris, owner of HT Motorsports along with Mark Melling of Melling Engine Parts in Jackson, MI announced today that...

Melling Engine Parts To Sponsor HT Motorsports NASCAR Truck Series Entry in 2007

MARTINSVILLE, VA (February 6, 2007) - Jim Harris, owner of HT Motorsports along with Mark Melling of Melling Engine Parts in Jackson, MI announced today that Melling Engine Parts and Melling Select Performance Parts will serve as the primary sponsor for driver Terry Cook in the team's No. 59 Toyota Tundra entered in the season-opening NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Daytona International Speedway.

In addition to being the primary sponsor at Daytona, Melling Engine Parts will be a major associate sponsor on the No. 59 throughout the season. 2007 marks the third-straight year Harris and Melling have inked a deal.

"It's a great pleasure to announce that Melling Engine Parts is going to be with us again this season," stated Jim Harris. "We've been friends a long time, since the early 1990s, and Melling has supported our race team sponsoring various races over the years. It's great to have them with us again."

"It's great to be back with Jim Harris and HT Motorsports this season and to be going back for another NASCAR season opener at Daytona," said Mark Melling. "Being involved at Daytona is good for our company. We're launching a new line of High Performance Aluminum Billet oil pumps and it coincides perfectly with the opening of the racing season at Daytona. We're looking forward to going down there and having a great week."

The 2007 season marks the 28th-straight year Melling has either owned or sponsored a team at Daytona starting with Benny Parsons in 1979. The company's most visible racing efforts came in the 1980s and 1990s where Bill Elliott drove a Melling owned car to 39 NASCAR Winston Cup (now NEXTEL Cup) poles, 34 victories, the 1985 Winston Million Dollar Bonus, and the 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup championship.

HT Motorsports has been a fixture on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit for several years. This year, the Martinsville, VA based team will campaign Toyota Tundra trucks piloted by Cook, a veteran of the Truck Series with six career wins. Last year, Cook captured the NCTS event at Kansas Speedway and finished eighth in the 2006 Truck Series season standings.

The Chevy Silverado HD 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway will be telecast live on The SPEED Channel on Friday, February 16. The 8 p.m. Eastern Time green flag event will also be carried live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius Satellite Radio.

Melling Engine Parts is a world class designer, manufacturer, and distributor of oil pumps, and internal engine parts to the automotive aftermarket, performance, and original equipment industries. Their catalog contains oil pumps, camshafts, timing components, valve train, cylinder sleeves, and camshaft bearings.

Melling Select Performance Parts markets to high performance engine builders who build for "weekend warrior racers" including circle track, drag race, marine, street rods, and restoration vehicles. The catalog contains High performance Aluminum Billet oil pumps, camshafts, timing chain sets, valve train parts, and cylinder sleeves.

-credit: ht motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bill Elliott , Terry Cook , Benny Parsons