Kessinger PST Team Names Two New Sponsors

RCL Components Signs with Kessinger Motorsports Pro Stock Truck Team Lawrenceburg, Ky.; Feb. 6, 1999 -- RCL Components, Inc., a corporation known world-wide for remanufacturing ground support equipment for FedEx and American Airlines, announced...

RCL Components Signs with Kessinger Motorsports Pro Stock Truck Team

Lawrenceburg, Ky.; Feb. 6, 1999 -- RCL Components, Inc., a corporation known world-wide for remanufacturing ground support equipment for FedEx and American Airlines, announced today that it will assume major sponsorship of the Kessinger Motorsports Chevy S-10 fielded by former Pro Stock driver Mark Osborne in the 1999 NHRA Pro Stock Truck Series.

"We feel this is a marketing outlet that we share in common with all our customers," said Chris Davis, Owner and President of RCL Components, Inc., based in Bogart, Ga. With this commitment to back the Kessinger Motorsports Chevy S-10, RCL becomes one of the major corporate sponsor pioneers in NHRA's Pro Stock Truck division, which will begin its second season as a professional drag-racing category at the AutoZone Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., on Feb. 4-7,1999.

Forming this partnership with Kessinger Motorsports, RCL substantially increases the amount of investment made in the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. "My final decision for sponsorship was based on customer recognition and client association," commented Davis, whose company also supported Mark Osborne in the Pro Stock category in 1998. "Our customers are the mechanics who work on ground support equipment and trucks, and the management team that supports their efforts."

Debuting the RCL Components Pro Stock Truck at Pomona is Osborne, 37, of Abingdon, Virginia, who will be entering his first season of competition in this division. However, with 20 years of racing experience and his fifth-place finish in the Winston Pro Stock Points Standings last season, he is not a novice in drag racing. "RCL was very pleased with the exposure the associate sponsorship gave us last year with Osborne," said Davis. Admitting his reluctance at first to enter the newly formed Pro Stock Truck class, he added, "Due to the astonishing increase in popularity of the trucks that I witnessed personally, and the introduction to the Kessinger Motorsports team, I was convinced to make the move."

Jim Kessinger, owner of the Chevy S-10 Pro Stock Truck team, is committed to making his program top notch. "We at Kessinger Motorsports are ecstatic about the sponsorship with RCL Components," he stated. "The team is eager to furnish RCL with tremendous marketing opportunities and unique methods of exposure for both Mr. Davis and company, as well as his major business affiliates."

"Jim's philosophy of investing in the best and expecting a positive return coincides with that of RCL and our customers," remarked Davis. "I'm not sure who wants to win more, Jim or Mark, but this certainly is a win for RCL."

RCL Components, Inc., remanufactures equipment ranging from the large cargo loaders and de-icers, to the push-back tractors and ground power units. After completion of this process, the equipment should be capable of at least 10 more years of service before retirement.

Kessinger Motorsports Unveils Bluegrass Transportation as Sponsor for Pro Stock Truck Team

Lawrenceburg, Ky.; Feb. 6, 1999 James Kessinger, owner of Kessinger Motorsports, announced today that Bluegrass Transportation, Inc., of Harrodsburg and Shelbyville, Ky., will be the corporate sponsor for Kessinger's second Chevy S-10 Pro Stock Truck driven by Tim Freeman. The 1999 NHRA Pro Stock Truck series debuts at the AutoZone Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., Feb. 4-7.

Bluegrass Transportation is a provider of quality, truckload transportation services primarily to the automotive industry and other industries where "just-in-time" deliveries and warehousing logistics are required. Since its inception in early 1989, Bluegrass Transportation has grown from serving local customers within Kentucky to serving large corporations such as Johnson Controls, Inc., Hitachi Automotive and Ford Motor Co. in over 10 states and Canada.

Utilizing business relationships around the country, Bluegrass Transportation looks to add simplicity to transporting the racing vehicles throughout the nation and serving the team with its transportation knowledge and expertise.

"Forming such a relationship with a transportation business is a tremendous opportunity which looks to bring great benefits, not only to my team," states Kessinger, "but to all of the racers within the NHRA if they take time to study how Mr. Hart and Bluegrass Transportation can save them time, hassle and expense."

"We are extremely excited to be involved with the Kessinger team and the NHRA in the new Pro Stock Truck series, as we anticipate this sponsorship will help us continue expanding our customer base and market share," stated David Hart, Founder and President of Bluegrass Transportation. "This involvement will be something that we can utilize as a marketing tool wherever the Pro Stock Trucks may travel," added Hart. "Having been involved with drag racing during my youth, the NHRA was certainly the logical place for me to investigate participation. Plus, having the opportunity to be involved with a team of the caliber of the Kessinger racing family made this decision even easier for us."

Ninth in Winston Points at the conclusion of the inaugural Pro Stock Truck season, driver Tim Freeman, 33, of Roan Mt., Tenn., is best remembered for his mid-season debut victory as he brought home the 1998 Sears Craftsman Nationals title in St. Louis. "With the new team we have lined up for 1999, I am confident that Bluegrass Transportation signed on just in time to take the ride of their lives with us," commented Freeman. "I will make every attempt to live up to and surpass their expectations for me and the new Bluegrass Transportation Chevy S-10 this season."

"We certainly look forward to a very successful season and a long relationship with the Kessinger Motorsports family," said Hart.

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Drivers Tim Freeman , David Hart