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For Immediate Release


ENNIS, TX, October 19, 1997 - During pre-race ceremonies for today's Revell Nationals at the Texas Motorplex, it was announced that Tom Martino, driver of the MaMa Rosa's Pizza Pro Stock Firebird, had been named as one of four finalists for the prestigious Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award. Martino joins fellow nominees Gary Scelzi from Top Fuel, Ron Capps from Funny Car and Matt Hines from Pro Stock Motorcycle. This award, which is in its second year, is awarded to the NHRA competitor who exhibits the greatest potential for future success in the sport of drag racing, with the winner announced at the year-end awards banquet in November.

Tom Martino, 38, of Farmingdale, New Jersey has electrified the Pro Stock circuit in 1997. In only his second year of professional competition, he has captured two national event titles at the Slick 50 Nationals in Houston and the Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Columbus. The MaMa Rosa's Pizza pilot has also been a fixture in the Top Ten of the NHRA's Winston Drag Racing Series points standings, and currently stands seventh with only three events remaining. Acknowledged as one of the best "leavers" in drag racing, Martino's five 1997 holeshot victories pace all professional categories.

"I am truly honored to be nominated for this award, and thank everyone at the Automobile Club of Southern California and the NHRA," exclaimed Martino. "This season has been a great one for the whole MaMa Rosa's Pizza Racing team, and it feels great to have our accomplishments recognized in this fashion. To have my name mentioned in the company of the other finalists is a reward in itself."