Gatornationals 'Best Appearing Crew' award

Advance Auto Parts/Cruz Pedregon Funny Car crew wins Gatornationals "Best Appearing Crew" award. CAMARILLO, CA- The crew of the 2002 Advance Auto Parts Funny Car, driven and owned by Cruz Pedregon, was awarded the prestigious "Best...

Advance Auto Parts/Cruz Pedregon Funny Car crew wins Gatornationals "Best Appearing Crew" award.

CAMARILLO, CA- The crew of the 2002 Advance Auto Parts Funny Car, driven and owned by Cruz Pedregon, was awarded the prestigious "Best Appearing Crew Award" at the Mac Tools Gatornationals.

The "Best Appearing Crew Award" is granted to the team that presents themselves in the most professional manner Thursday though Sunday of an NHRA event. "Out of every team competing at the Gatornationals the Cruz Pedregon/Advance Auto Parts Team stood out above the rest," said Kelly Palmer NHRA Marketing Services Manager.

"As representatives for our sponsor "Advance Auto Parts" and my goal of having not only one of the sharpest looking cars out there but the sharpest looking crews," said Pedregon who returned to the track in 2002 with a multiyear partnership with Advance Auto Parts. "I feel this was a nice compliment to our whole crew and the hard work they've put into this to make it happen. We sincerely appreciate it."

"Advance Auto Parts takes great pride in partnering with Cruz Pedregon and his NHRA Nitro Funny Car Team," said John Vaughn, Advance Auto Parts Event Marketing Manager. "The 'Best Appearing Crew' award the team received in Gainesville is testament to the fact that we are part of a first-class operation."

Advance Auto Parts is the nation's second largest retailer of auto parts and accessories. The company currently operates more than 2,400 stores in 38 states, primarily located in the eastern, mid-western and southeastern regions of the United States, and in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, Inc. is a publicly traded company. Its common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol "AAP." Additional information about the company, employment opportunities and services, as well as an on-line store can be found on the company Web site at www.advanceautoparts.com.

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