Three-way tie for Irwin Crew Chief award

Three-way tie for IRWIN "Crew Chief of the Year" Award. Knaus, Fennig and Stoddard top standings with six races remaining CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 10, 2002 - With six races remaining in the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup season, the battle for the...

Three-way tie for IRWIN "Crew Chief of the Year" Award.
Knaus, Fennig and Stoddard top standings with six races remaining

CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 10, 2002 - With six races remaining in the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup season, the battle for the IRWIN "Crew Chief of the Year" honors is as close as the race for the Winston Cup driver's championship. Three crew chiefs, including Chad Knaus (No. 48), Jimmy Fennig (No. 97) and Frank Stoddard (No. 22), top the standings, but the award is still up for grabs and will be decided in last few races of the season.

"IRWIN is proud to honor the hard-working crew chiefs of NASCAR Winston Cup Racing with this award," said David Pirkle of IRWIN. "Much like our line of bits and blades optimize a power tool's performance, these professionals have had to perform in all types of conditions, with many surprises and under intense pressure. Through the course of the race the selected crew has been able to optimize their car's performance."

Each week throughout the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup season, IRWIN, makers of professional power tool accessories like MARATHON saw blades and SPEEDBOR flat bits, is partnering with Performance Racing Network to honor the crew chief that had the toughest day in the pits, but still managed to help his team to a strong finish. The crew chief with the most weekly awards at the end of the season will win $5,000, plus IRWIN will donate $5,000 to the Ellerbe, NC Educational Fund in the crew chief's name.

<pre> The standings entering the UAW-GM Quality 500 are as follows:

 Crew Chief             Race Team                       Points YTD*
 Jimmy Fennig           No. 97 Rubbermaid Ford          15
 Frank Stoddard         No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge        15
 Chad Knaus             No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet         15
 Bill Wilburn           No. 2 Miller Lite Ford          10
 Tony Eury              No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet       10
 Todd Parrott           No. 88 UPS Ford                 10
 Robbie Loomis          No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet         10
 Bryant Frazier**       No. 44 GeorgiaPacific Dodge     5
 Jim Long               No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet       5
 Lee McCall             No. 40 Coors Light Dodge        5
 Matt Borland           No. 12 ALLTEL Ford              5
 Michael McSwain        No. 28 Havoline Ford            5
 Newt Moore             No. 36 M&Ms Pontiac             5
 Pat Tryson             No. 21 Motorcraft Ford          5
 Robbie Reiser          No. 17 DeWalt Ford              5
 Tommy Baldwin***       No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge        5
 Mike Hillman           No. 14 Conseco Pontiac          5
 Paul Andrews           No. 99 CITGO Ford               5
 Donnie Wingo           No. 26 Discover Card Ford       5
 Tony Gibson            No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet        5

* Crew chiefs receive five points for each weekly award
** No longer crew chief for the No. 44
*** No longer crew chief for the No. 22 </pre> In addition to the crew chief award, IRWIN is also sponsoring the weekly nationally syndicated radio show, "Fast Talk with Benny Parsons", throughout the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup season.

"Working with Benny Parsons and the PRN family is a natural fit for the IRWIN bits and blades line," said Pirkle. "The NASCAR fan-base is a hands-on group of people that are driven to do it themselves, if they can. IRWIN bits and blades are engineered to last long and provide precise cuts that will help professionals and DIYers do their best work."

IRWIN offers a complete line of saw blades and drill bits. From framing to the finest trim work; the performance of your bit and/or blade can be the difference between a long, hard day or one that runs smooth and easy. IRWIN specializes in the engineering and the manufacturing of these high performance bits and blades. Each is engineered to last, to deliver precision cuts and to optimize the output of your power tool. IRWIN drill bits includes SPEEDBOR wood boring bits, TURBOMAX drill bits, UNI-BIT step drill bits, and the unique IRWIN multi-purpose drill bits that penetrate various materials such as brick, marble, plastic, metal, cement and wood. A complete list of IRWIN products and capabilities is online at www.irwintool.com.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Benny Parsons , Chad Knaus , Robbie Loomis , Tommy Baldwin