Anthony Vestal named as Director of Media Relations

GLENDORA, Calif. (July 11, 2001) -- Anthony Vestal has been named director of media relations for the National Hot Rod Association, effective immediately. In his new position, Vestal will be responsible for the day-to-day activities of NHRA's ...

GLENDORA, Calif. (July 11, 2001) -- Anthony Vestal has been named director of media relations for the National Hot Rod Association, effective immediately. In his new position, Vestal will be responsible for the day-to-day activities of NHRA's Communications Department including supervising national event media relations activities.

"Anthony has proven that his experience and leadership capabilities make him well suited to develop and direct the media relations needs of NHRA," said Jerry Archambeault, vice president of communications and public relations for NHRA. "He is an integral part of the team and well-deserving of this new position."

Vestal joined the NHRA in May 1999, as media communications manager. Prior to joining NHRA full-time, Vestal served as a part-time employee of the NHRA communications department serving as a staff writer and providing assistance at NHRA Winston Drag Racing national events.

Prior to joining NHRA, Vestal served as the director of communications for the International Hot Rod Association. He worked as an associate editor for Inside MotorSports magazine for three years and was a sports reporter for The Coalfield Progress, in Norton, Va. for two years.

"I am looking forward to the unique challenges that this position presents," said Vestal. "It is certainly a very exciting time to be involved with NHRA and the sport of drag racing and my goal is to work with the communications team to continue the high level of performance in media relations that has been the standard here for many years."

Vestal received his bachelor's degree in government and communications from the University of Virginia's College. He currently resides in Glendora.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 24 national events through its NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has more than 80,000 members nationwide and more than 140 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 Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Summit Import 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.

-NHRA-

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