Rob Brender added to communications staff

GLENDORA, Calif. - Rob Brender has been named media relations manager for the NHRA, it was announced today by NHRA Director of Media Relations Anthony Vestal. Brender, 26, comes to the NHRA with a wealth of minor league baseball experience. He...

GLENDORA, Calif. - Rob Brender has been named media relations manager for the NHRA, it was announced today by NHRA Director of Media Relations Anthony Vestal.

Brender, 26, comes to the NHRA with a wealth of minor league baseball experience. He was the media relations coordinator and radio broadcaster for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes the past two years. He spent a year in a very similar capacity with the Pioneer League's Billings Mustangs and also worked for the double-A Akron Aeros for two seasons.

"We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Rob's abilities and experience working for the NHRA," Vestal said. "He has the work ethic, enthusiasm and desire to constantly improve the programs and initiatives we have developed to promote and publicize the sport of NHRA Drag Racing."

A native of Closter, N.J., Brender graduated from the University of Akron in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in mass media communications and spent one year working as a production assistant at MSNBC television prior to entering minor league baseball.

"I am excited and looking forward to working with such a wonderful and knowledgeable staff here at the NHRA," Brender said. "It is my goal to aid in the continued success and growth of the NHRA and the sport of drag racing and become an established member of this organization."

In his new position, Brender will provide national event media relations support for the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series and NHRA Summit Sport Compact Series as well as for other NHRA racing programs. In addition, he will help write press releases, maintain relationships with national media outlets and contribute to the NHRA media guide and other NHRA Communications Department publications.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has 80,000 members and 140 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series and the NHRA O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

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