Bike driver Treble inks sponsos

BRISTOL, Tenn. (July 9) -- The Matco Tools Racing Team has expanded into the Pro Stock Motorcycle ranks with the addition of rider Craig Treble. The tool giant, who now supports over a dozen professional NHRA teams, signed the popular and ...

BRISTOL, Tenn. (July 9) -- The Matco Tools Racing Team has expanded into the Pro Stock Motorcycle ranks with the addition of rider Craig Treble. The tool giant, who now supports over a dozen professional NHRA teams, signed the popular and successful Suzuki rider to a major sponsorship deal through the 2001 season.

"The message we received from our 1,300 distributors across North America was that they wanted us to find a bike to support," said Eric Mullenmeister, North American Vice President of Sales and Motorsports for Matco Tools. "They are really into this extreme division of drag racing and we're happy to move into the class full time.

"Craig Treble and his Team Scream was the perfect fit for us. He's worked hard as an independent rider and really impressed a lot of people. We think that with the proper funding, he will be an elite rider on this circuit and win a lot of races. On top of that, I know Craig and I can see that he'll be an exemplary spokesperson for Matco Tools."

Treble is currently in sixth place in the Winston championship points standings. He is competing this weekend in the second annual Winston "No Bull" Showdown, an all-star race that invites the sport's best competitors. Treble earned an automatic berth in the event by winning the Brainerd, Minn., race last season.

"Major sponsors are hard to come by in this class so we're extremely happy to join a group as well respected as Matco Tools," Treble said. "Eric Mullenmeister and John Torok are so supportive of NHRA drag racing. I really look forward to working with them for many years to come. They are so excited about this deal that it's made me even more excited than I already was. They already have a great collectable Pro Stock Motorcycle diecast in the works. It'll be awesome.

"We paid our dues in this sport and I'm glad someone noticed. We've worked very hard to get to the point we're at and, up until now, we've done it without the support of a major sponsor. I'm anxious to take this program to the next level now."

Treble used the national stage of the second annual Winston Showdown to unveil his new bike with the familiar paint scheme that Team Matco driver's Dean Skuza and Mike Thomas sport on their racecars.

"The Matco Tools bike looks awesome. Rob Korn and Dick Goodall busted their butts to get this thing painted in time for the Showdown. My hat's off to them. Hopefully we can show it off on TV today."

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Series Automotive , NHRA
Drivers Mike Thomas , Dean Skuza , Craig Treble