Series celebrates 150th race

March 27, 2001 MARTINSVILLE, Va. - How time flies! The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, created just seven years ago to take the thrill of NASCAR racing to new markets and new fans, will hold its 150th race at Martinsville Speedway April 7. ...

March 27, 2001

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - How time flies! The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, created just seven years ago to take the thrill of NASCAR racing to new markets and new fans, will hold its 150th race at Martinsville Speedway April 7. To mark the occasion, Craftsman, NASCAR and Martinsville Speedway will invite 150 fans to participate in a special ceremony prior to the running of the Advance Auto Parts 250. "To reach 150 races is quite a milestone, but it seems like yesterday that Craftsman began sponsorship of the Series at the inaugural race at Phoenix International Raceway in February, 1995," said John Lebbad, Sears director of event marketing and sales promotion. "The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has grown and changed over its short lifetime, but we're pleased that this celebration is coming at Martinsville, a track the Series visited in 1995 and every year since." During pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions, Craftsman will honor Jack Sprague, the only driver who has competed in every Craftsman Truck Series race. In addition, 150 Martinsville fans will be invited to gather on the front stretch where each will receive a commemorative Craftsman Truck Series 150th Race hat and a placard representing one race. Of those, 19 fans also will receive a Craftsman tool box, in honor of Sprague's 19 victories in the Series. Drivers who have won races in the Craftsman Truck Series, including those who are now regular competitors in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, will be invited to autograph race placards for the lucky celebrants. From its short-track roots, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series emerged as one of NASCAR's top divisions and has become one of motorsports' most popular tours.

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During the last several years, demand for the Series led it to larger markets and superspeedways, in addition to traditional markets such as Martinsville. In the last two seasons, the Craftsman Truck Series even launched the overall NASCAR schedule, running events prior to the 2000 and 2001 Daytona 500s at Daytona International Speedway.

"Last year, Craftsman and NASCAR extended the partnership in the Craftsman Truck Series through 2005, the third-longest sponsorship in motorsports, so the Craftsman tool brand will be on hand for the 200th race, the 250th race and beyond," Lebbad said.

Craftsman, the Official Tools of NASCAR, has sponsored the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series since it began in 1995. Sears sells more than 1,800 Craftsman hand tools, all made in America and guaranteed forever. Sears offers Craftsman tools, merchandise and related services through approximately 860 full-line department stores, approximately 2,100 specialized retail locations including Sears Hardware, Sears dealer stores and Orchard Supply Hardware stores as well as through specialty catalogs and online at www.sears.com.

-Rick Gambill

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jack Sprague