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SHELL TEAM LIKES CHANCES FOR VICTORY AT MILWAUKEE MILE 'LEGENDARY OVAL' SUITS TONY STEWART WEST ALLIS, WI - The Shell team and Tony Stewart like their chances for victory in the DieHard 250 at the Milwaukee Mile. All three of Stewart's top-...

SHELL TEAM LIKES CHANCES FOR VICTORY AT MILWAUKEE MILE

'LEGENDARY OVAL' SUITS TONY STEWART

WEST ALLIS, WI - The Shell team and Tony Stewart like their chances for victory in the DieHard 250 at the Milwaukee Mile. All three of Stewart's top- five finishes this season in NASCAR Busch Grand National competition have come on tracks similar to the 'Legendary Oval'.

"I like the Milwaukee Mile, it seems to lend itself to my driving style," said Stewart. "The second and third place finishes I have this season in the Shell Pontiac have come on one-mile tracks. I ran the Busch race at Milwaukee in '96. We ran well most of the day, but had a problem that kept us from a good finish. The Shell team has had success here in the past with Bobby Labonte and have developed an excellent set-up for the track. When you take these things into consideration, it indicates just how prepared this team is win.

"We have been so close," Stewart explained, "It's been a little frustrating for us not to be able to get over that final hurdle to take the win. Bryant (Frazier, crew chief) and the crew are as dedicated as I am to getting Shell in victory lane. I feel once I get my first win with the Shell team, it will give us the momentum we need to return to the winners circle. Milwaukee would be a great place for me to get that first win."

"We know a win with Tony is on the horizon," said Frazier. "His dedication to improve and desire to win provides this crew strong incentive to continually give him good race cars. The Milwaukee Mile requires a combination of a solid set-up under the car and a driver that understands how to drive a flat race track. We have that combination and feel we can take the Shell Pontiac to victory lane this weekend."

Bud Pole qualifying for the DieHard 250 is scheduled for Saturday, July 4th at 11:00 a.m. CDT. The race will begin at 1:00 p.m. CDT on Sunday, July 5th. Live television coverage will be provided by TNN with MRN carrying the race live to over 400 radio affiliates nationwide.

Shell Oil Company is one of America's leading oil and natural gas producers, manufacturers, transporters and marketers of oil and chemical products. It is a recognized pioneer in technology for oil and gas exploration and the largest gasoline marketer in the United States. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Shell Oil is an affiliate of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies.

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SHELL OIL PRE-RACE FACT SHEET AND DRIVER QUOTES

WHO: Joe Gibbs Racing/Shell Oil Products Company Pontiac Driver: Tony Stewart - Crew Chief: Bryant Frazier

WHAT: DIEHARD 250 250 laps - 250 miles Race 17 of 31 - NASCAR Busch Grand National Series

WHEN: July 4-5, 1998

WHERE: Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin

SHELL DRIVER QUOTES: Tony Stewart: "I like the Milwaukee Mile, it seems to lend itself to my driving style. The second and third place finishes I have this season in the Shell Pontiac have come on one-mile tracks. I ran the Busch race at Milwaukee in '96. We ran well most of the day, but had a problem that kept us from a good finish. The Shell team has had success here in the past with Bobby Labonte and have developed an excellent set-up for the track. When you take these things into consideration, it indicates just how prepared this team is win. "We have been so close, it's been a little frustrating for us not to be able to get over that final hurdle to take the win. Bryant (Frazier, crew chief) and the crew are as dedicated as I am to getting Shell in victory lane. I feel once I get my first win with the Shell team, it will give us the momentum we need to return to the winners circle. Milwaukee would be a great place for me to get that first win."

SHELL CREW CHIEF QUOTES: Bryant Frazier: "We know a win with Tony is on the horizon. His dedication to improve and desire to win provides this crew strong incentive to continually give him good race cars. The Milwaukee Mile requires a combination of a solid set-up under the car and a driver that understands how to drive a flat race track. We have that combination and feel we can take the Shell Pontiac to victory lane this weekend."

STEWART NASCAR BGN STATS: YEAR STARTS POLES WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 WINNINGS 1996 9 0 0 0 0 $45,140 1997 5 0 0 1 2 48,625 1998 11 1 0 3 3 155,585

STEWART MILWAUKEE MILE BGN STATS: YEAR STARTING POS FINISHING POS STATUS WINNINGS 1996 42 22 Running $5,700

SHELL PROFILE: Shell Oil Company is one of America's leading oil and natural gas producers, manufacturers, transporters and marketers of oil and chemical products. It is a recognized pioneer in technology for oil and gas exploration and the largest gasoline marketer in the United States. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Shell Oil is an affiliate of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies.

SHELL MOTORSPORTS: NASCAR In August 1997, Shell announced their title sponsorship program with Joe Gibbs Racing. The Shell car is being driven by NASCAR rookie racing sensation Tony Stewart on the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series. CART Shell is the proud sponsor of legendary CART driver Bobby Rahal and his motorsports team, which includes rising star and Rahal protege, Bryan Herta. Shell recently renewed its sponsorship of "Team Rahal" to extend through the end of the century. CRAIG BREEDLOVE'S SPIRIT OF AMERICA Shell's sponsorship of Craig Breedlove, the 5-time "World Land Speed" record holder, dates back to the 1960's. Breedlove is the first person ever to break the 400, 500 and 600-mph marks in a land vehicle. Breedlove's jet-powered, 48,000 horsepower Spirit of America runs on Formula Shell Premium Gasoline.

SECONDARY SPONSORSHIP NASCAR Shell is secondary sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Winston Cup Series Racing team. The Pontiac Grand Prix is driven by Bobby Labonte who has established himself as one of the top drivers in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. The 33-year-old Labonte grabbed his first victory at the 1995 Coca- Cola 600 in Charlotte, North Carolina. To date, he has captured seven wins in NASCAR's premier series. Gibbs is the former head coach of the National Football League's Washington Redskins and has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. NHRA Shell is a secondary sponsor of both Joe Gibbs Racing NHRA teams. The Top Fuel car is driven by Cory McClenathan and the Funny Car is driven by Cruz Pedregon. The 35-year-old McClenathan is a 23-time NHRA national event winner. At 34 years old, Pedregon has garnered 19 NHRA national event victories.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Bobby Rahal , Bryan Herta , Cruz Pedregon , Cory McClenathan
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing