New Crew Chief Becomes Latest in All-Star Line-up for 2008

CHARLOTTE, NC (December 10, 2007)- Continuing their trend of hiring key staff with a wealth of different experiences, the newly-formed TRG NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team has announced that Butch Hylton will fill the role of crew chief for the No. 00 piloted by Andy Lally.

As a 15-year veteran of the stock-car circuit, Hylton brings with him a number of accolades to the team, including being involved in 20 race wins as a crew chief for a number of Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams, not to mention the 2000 Sprint Cup and 2003 Nationwide Series championships.

b^0x001cWhenever you join a brand new team, there are a lot of challenges involved, but you also have the rare opportunity to start with a clean sheet of paper," stated the 42-year old Hylton. "TRG's reputation in other forms of racing are a great testament to their understanding of how to build a successful race team, and I think all of us together can bring a lot to the Truck Series."

"We met with a number of excellent candidates to take the helm as crew chief to the No. 00 truck, but it was clear in meetings with Butch that he had the range of experience and the enthusiasm and drive to go with it and to really help spearhead our new program," Kevin Buckler, Team Owner of TRG Motorsports said. "Team chemistry is a big part of what we do and he and Andy seem to really hit it off. Our commitment to our sponsors and partners has always been to build a championship-caliber team, and we're definitely making good on that with each new member we bring on."

"Part of the reason we chose Butch to join our team was because he simply shared the same enthusiasm as Kevin and I to start a brand-new program," exclaimed Marty Gaunt, general manager for TRG Motorsports. "It's important to all of us to assemble what we believe is an all-star group of people, from the shop floor to the driver's seat. If we can achieve that objective, the results will come."

With an eye on Daytona in 2008, the team is already beginning to face "crunch time" to ensure that the team is fully prepared for the season, a detail not overlooked by driver Andy Lally. "To be honest, I'm just relieved to know who our crew chief is going to be. It's still a relatively new series for me, so it's great to already begin establishing a strong working relationship between Butch and I, and for a newer guy like myself, I'm really looking forward to tapping into his experience."

With all of the major hires out of the way, TRG Motorsports now sets its sights on ensuring that 2008 becomes not only a championship-caliber program on the track, but also that the off-track sponsorship and partnership programs are equally successful.

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