Brainerd: Mills Pontiac to back Benza

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 14) -- Pro Stock driver Bob Benza will fly the colors of Brainerd-area powerhouse car dealership Mills Pontiac-GMC on his sleek Pontiac Grand Am at this weekend's 20th annual Colonels Truck Accessories NHRA Nationals. The ...

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 14) -- Pro Stock driver Bob Benza will fly the colors of Brainerd-area powerhouse car dealership Mills Pontiac-GMC on his sleek Pontiac Grand Am at this weekend's 20th annual Colonels Truck Accessories NHRA Nationals. The arrangement includes prominent signage on Benza's brand new 2001 Grand Am and a pre-race fan appreciation party at Mills Pontiac-GMC from 1-6 p.m., Thursday, where Pontiac Racing prizes, race tickets, and "Crew Person of the Day" packages will be given away.

"Mills Pontiac-GMC is proud to be a local sponsor of Bob Benza and his awesome Pontiac Grand Am," Mills general manager Brad Van Vickle said. "We wish Bob and his team the very best of luck at BIR this weekend and we look forward to having him and his race car at our dealership on Thursday. We invite all the race fans to stop by and visit with us."

Fans can register for prizes all day Thursday at Mills Pontiac-GMC, located on Highway 371 North at Dellwood Drive in Baxter. An entry box will be placed right next to Benza's eye-catching Pontiac Grand Am race car, which will be on display in the main showroom. No purchase is necessary to enter.

Fans are encouraged to stop by and meet Benza, Top Fuel Rookie of the Year candidate Darrell Russell of Team Amato, and the entire morning crew from KLZ 107.5 FM, "The Power Loon" radio, who will be broadcasting live from 1-6 p.m.

"The excitement is really building for this weekend," said Benza, of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. "We've been working around the clock on this Grand Am to prepare for what we hope will be our biggest outing of the year. Frank Iaconio has completely revamped our No. 1 race motor and we've made some big changes with the chassis, the wiring, and the ignition system since the last time we raced. We're confident we have a car that can compete.

"It's great to be associated with Mills Pontiac-GMC. You can't drive into Brainerd International Raceway without being impressed by the entire Mills operation. It's easy to see why they are considered among the best dealerships in the country. We look forward to spending time with the extended Mills family all weekend and we hope to put them in the Winner's Circle on Sunday."

ESPN2 will provide several hours of television coverage of the 20th annual Colonels Truck Accessories NHRA Nationals. Highlights of the qualifying rounds will air from 8-10 p.m. (ET) Saturday, while the elimination rounds will be broadcast from 5-7 p.m. (ET) Sunday. An encore presentation of the entire race will air from 4-6 a.m. (ET) on August 30.

-RGeiger-

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