NBS driver Truex, Jr. to debut at Atlanta

Martin Truex, Jr. to attempt first Nextel Cup start at Atlanta MOORESVILLE, NC -- (October 19, 2004) -- Martin Truex, Jr. will attempt his first NASCAR Nextel Cup Series start in the Bass Pro Shops/MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on...

Martin Truex, Jr. to attempt first Nextel Cup start at Atlanta

MOORESVILLE, NC -- (October 19, 2004) -- Martin Truex, Jr. will attempt his first NASCAR Nextel Cup Series start in the Bass Pro Shops/MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, October 31, 2004.

Truex, Jr. will drive the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. This will be his first Nextel Cup Series start if he qualifies for the race on the 1.5-mile track. His previous attempt was at New Hampshire International Speedway in September, where qualifying was cancelled by NASCAR due to rain.

"I think every driver's ultimate goal is to race in the Nextel Cup Series," Truex, Jr. said. "I would like to thank Teresa Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and Bass Pro Shops for giving me this opportunity."

Currently leading the NASCAR Busch Series standings in his first full year of driving for Chance 2 Motorsports, Truex, Jr. will be carrying some very familiar colors on his car. Bass Pro Shops has been the primary sponsor for 18 Busch Series races for Truex, Jr. and the Chance 2 team this season.

Richard "Slugger" Labbe, a Daytona 500 winning crew chief, will serve as crew chief on the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops car, with Kevin "Bono" Manion, Truex's regular crew chief on the Busch car, making calls on pit road during the race.

Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Chance 2 Motorsports are headquartered in Mooresville, NC and are considered premier racing organizations within NASCAR. DEI currently operates two NASCAR Nextel Cup race teams with drivers Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Michael Waltrip. The company also has one NASCAR Busch Series team with driver Paul Menard and co-owns Chance 2 with driver Martin Truex, Jr. For further information on DEI and its teams go to www.DaleEarnhardtInc.com

A major catalog and Internet retailer, Bass Pro Shops, headquartered in Springfield, MO, currently has 23 locations across the United States and attracts some 66 million visitors a year. Stores in Las Vegas, NV and Harrisburg, PA are also scheduled to open this year with more locations planned for 2005 and 2006.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Michael Waltrip , Martin Truex Jr. , Paul Menard