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Cook. NASCAR fans know that the team crews are as important to a winning driver as the car itself, but most NASCAR fans don't even think about the fact that all the members of the crew need to be fed regularly. The team cooks for the majority...

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NASCAR fans know that the team crews are as important to a winning driver as the car itself, but most NASCAR fans don't even think about the fact that all the members of the crew need to be fed regularly. The team cooks for the majority of the racing teams is a crew member with other responsibilities who either enjoys cooking for everyone, or who has been labeled as such a good cook that they were nominated to be the team cook.

Coleman Grills is honoring these dedicated, behind the scenes individuals that often go unrecognized. The Coleman NASCAR Team Grilling Challenge is a grilling competition that will determine NASCAR's top grillmaster. The lighthearted contest will give team cooks a chance to show off their grilling expertise and possibly earn $5,000 and have $5,000 donated on their behalf to the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary.

GENTLEMAN, START YOUR . . . GRILLS!

Coleman Grills Announces the NASCAR Team Grilling Challenge to Identify Top Team Grillmaster and Raise Money for the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary

BOCA ROTAN, Fla., May 5, 2000 - As drivers and crew members get ready for the Coca-Cola 600, team cooks will be firing up their gas grills and finalizing their recipes for the first-ever Coleman NASCAR Team Grilling Challenge on May 24 and 25 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

The grilling competition will pit team cooks against each other in hopes of being named "top team grillmaster" and winning $5,000. Additionally, on behalf of Coleman and the top grillmaster, $5,000 will be donated to the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary.

The Coleman NASCAR Team Grilling Challenge is a lighthearted grilling competition that gives Winston Cup team cooks the chance to show off their passion for grilling and prepare their favorite barbecue recipes for a panel of judges. The competition is open to all amateur NASCAR team cooks. A qualifying grill-off competition will take place in the garage area at

Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 24 to identify the five finalists to compete in the Coleman NASCAR Team Grilling Challenge.

"Coleman, the "Cookin' Machine of NASCAR," recognizes that tailgating and grilling help bring together race fans, grilling enthusiasts and families to capture the true spirit of the NASCAR experience," said Jay Schafer, director of Sunbeam's Outdoor Cooking Business Division. "The competition is a fun way to kick off Memorial weekend, the biggest grilling weekend of the year."

The five team finalists will battle on May 25, preparing their favorite grilling recipes on the new line of Coleman grills for a panel of judges led by Benny Parsons, representatives from the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary and grilling expert George Hirsch. Hirsch is one of the nation's foremost grilling experts and author of Grilling with Chef George Hirsch and George Hirsch's Recipes for Healthy and Active Living. He also will offer grilling tips and provide some of his favorite barbecue recipes.

The judges will select the winning grillmaster based on taste, creativity, appearance and grilling knowledge. After sampling each of the contestant's recipes, one finalist will be designated the top team grillmaster, winning $5,000 with another $5,000 being donated to the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary in the winner's name.

"Competition is not only heating up on the track, but it's also getting fierce between team members in the garage area as they prepare for the Coleman NASCAR Team Grilling Challenge," said Benny Parsons. "The competition honors the dedicated behind the scenes folks that often go unrecognized and gives them a chance to show off their grilling prowess while supporting the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary. "

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Benny Parsons