Rygged Liner named Brainerd title sponsor

Rugged Liner new title sponsor of NHRA POWERade series event at Brainerd International Raceway. GLENDORA, Calif. (June 11, 2002) - The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) announced today that Rugged Liner, a popular brand of truck bedliner sold...

Rugged Liner new title sponsor of NHRA POWERade series event at Brainerd International Raceway.

GLENDORA, Calif. (June 11, 2002) - The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) announced today that Rugged Liner, a popular brand of truck bedliner sold throughout North America, is the new title sponsor for the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event at Brainerd International Raceway.

The 21st annual Rugged Liner NHRA Nationals will be contested Aug. 15-18, 2002 at Brainerd International Raceway in central Minnesota. The $1.8 million race is the 16th of 23 events in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series for 2002.

ESPN2 will televise qualifying and eliminations coverage from the event, which will showcase all four NHRA pro categories: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle. In addition, NHRA sportsman competition in all seven NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series categories will be featured.

"We are pleased to welcome Rugged Liner as the new event title sponsor for this very important stop in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series," said Bob Wagner, NHRA vice president of sales and business development. "This is sure to be a pivotal race for national championships as teams chase important POWERade points. We look forward to developing a great relationship with Rugged Liner as we expect this event to generate a lot of excitement for the surrounding Brainerd community and greater Minnesota, as well as better establish the Rugged Liner brand on a national level."

It is the first NHRA sponsorship involvement for Rugged Liner. "Rugged Liner is one of the premier bedliner brands available for truck owners and we are very proud to associate Rugged Liner with the NHRA and this POWERade Drag Racing Series event," said Bill Singleterry, president Brainerd International Raceway. "We are looking forward to introducing more people to Rugged Liner through many marketing programs created around this outstanding event."

Rugged Liner is a popular brand of truck bedliner produced by Colonel's International, Inc., and features custom-designed bedliners for factory perfect fit for all domestic and import pickups. Rugged Liner truck bedliners are available in truck accessory stores throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has more than 80,000 members nationwide and more than 130 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA Castrol GTX Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

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