Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Classes Play Key Roles In NHRA's Return to Bristol Dragway

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Federal-Mogul Corporation

    BRISTOL, Tenn., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The 50th Anniversary edition of
 NHRA drag racing brings its Federal-Mogul sportsman categories and
 professional classes to historic Bristol Dragway this weekend for the
 Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals, the track's first NHRA national event in
 34 years.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000525/DETH025LOGO )
     The Thunder Valley Nationals, which is expected to draw hundreds of
 competitors within the NHRA Federal-Mogul racing categories, begins today with
 sportsman qualifying and ends with final eliminations Sunday afternoon.
     The sixth of 24 national events in the annual NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag
 Racing Series, the Thunder Valley Nationals is another important stop in the
 season-long celebration of NHRA's 50th Anniversary.  Series sponsor
 Federal-Mogul Corporation, a global manufacturer of automotive components, is
 partnering with NHRA in several promotions and special programs to involve
 automotive aftermarket professionals and racing fans in commemorating the
 achievement.
     "NHRA's 50th Anniversary coincides with what's turning out to be the most
 exciting sportsman drag racing season in history," said Jay Burkhart, vice
 president of marketing for Federal-Mogul.  "The partnership between NHRA,
 sportsman racers and Federal-Mogul's Sealed Power(R) engine parts, Champion(R)
 spark plugs and Fel-Pro(R) gaskets brands is stronger than ever."
     One of the 50th Anniversary promotions -- the Sealed Power "Power Team" --
 allows professional engine rebuilders to qualify for three levels of exclusive
 NHRA 50th Anniversary premiums, including a custom-embroidered leather jacket
 with classic "biker cut," collector's trading-card set of NHRA drivers and
 events, and a die-cast Top Fuel Dragster.
     Racing fans can purchase a full range of exclusive collectibles by
 visiting Federal-Mogul's new Web site link at
 www.federal-mogul.com/promotions .
     The Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series covers all competition within NHRA's
 eight largest categories: Federal-Mogul Dragster, Federal-Mogul Funny Car,
 Competition Eliminator, Super Stock, Super Comp, Stock, Super Gas and Super
 Street.
     In addition to title sponsorship of all sportsman competition, Federal-
 Mogul's strategic marketing partnership with NHRA includes the Sealed Power
 Low-Qualifier Award, which rewards top qualifiers in five categories at
 divisional and national events.
     Sealed Power engine parts -- Federal-Mogul's premier brand of internal
 engine components -- also is an official brand of NHRA, the first marketing
 partnership of its kind within the engine components category.  The Sealed
 Power product family comprises a complete system of internal parts --
 including pistons, piston rings, camshafts, bearings, valves and valvetrain
 components, timing products and oil pumps -- for virtually any domestic or
 import engine.
     Although this weekend's event is Bristol's first national race since 1967,
 it's by no means racers' first look at this quarter-mile.  During each of the
 past two seasons, the track hosted the NHRA Winston Showdown -- an all-stars
 event featuring professional and sportsman racers.
     The Thunder Valley Nationals is expected to rekindle the same ultra-tight
 competition that has marked virtually every stop in the Federal-Mogul series
 schedule in 2001.  Things have been particularly heated in the Federal-Mogul
 Dragster and Federal-Mogul Funny Car categories, where four-time defending
 national champions Rick Santos and Frank Manzo, respectively, have fought off
 serious challenges by several teams.  Manzo, who took class honors at last
 year's Winston Showdown, is expected to be in the field again this weekend.
     "Any time he enters an event, Frank is the man to beat in Federal-Mogul
 Funny Car," said Federal-Mogul Engine Parts Brand Manager Peter Meyers.  "His
 total program -- from the internal engine components he chooses to the manner
 in which the team prepares the car for each run -- is a model of quality and
 consistency."
     In addition to Manzo, returning racers who won at last year's Winston
 Showdown event at Bristol are Jay Meyer (Federal-Mogul Dragster), Larry
 Pritchett (Competition Eliminator), Herbert Null (Super Stock), Bill Howell
 (Stock), Dan Northrop (Super Comp), and Jim Fordyce (Super Gas).
     Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, Federal-Mogul Corporation
 (NYSE:   FMO) is an automotive parts manufacturer providing innovative solutions
 and systems to global customers in the automotive, small engine, heavy-duty
 and industrial markets.  The company was founded in 1899.  Visit the company's
 web site at http://www.federal-mogul.com for more information.  Federal-
 Mogul's press releases are available by fax through Company News On-Call; call
 800-758-5804, ext. 306225.
 
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    BRISTOL, Tenn., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The 50th Anniversary edition of
 NHRA drag racing brings its Federal-Mogul sportsman categories and
 professional classes to historic Bristol Dragway this weekend for the
 Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals, the track's first NHRA national event in
 34 years.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000525/DETH025LOGO )
     The Thunder Valley Nationals, which is expected to draw hundreds of
 competitors within the NHRA Federal-Mogul racing categories, begins today with
 sportsman qualifying and ends with final eliminations Sunday afternoon.
     The sixth of 24 national events in the annual NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag
 Racing Series, the Thunder Valley Nationals is another important stop in the
 season-long celebration of NHRA's 50th Anniversary.  Series sponsor
 Federal-Mogul Corporation, a global manufacturer of automotive components, is
 partnering with NHRA in several promotions and special programs to involve
 automotive aftermarket professionals and racing fans in commemorating the
 achievement.
     "NHRA's 50th Anniversary coincides with what's turning out to be the most
 exciting sportsman drag racing season in history," said Jay Burkhart, vice
 president of marketing for Federal-Mogul.  "The partnership between NHRA,
 sportsman racers and Federal-Mogul's Sealed Power(R) engine parts, Champion(R)
 spark plugs and Fel-Pro(R) gaskets brands is stronger than ever."
     One of the 50th Anniversary promotions -- the Sealed Power "Power Team" --
 allows professional engine rebuilders to qualify for three levels of exclusive
 NHRA 50th Anniversary premiums, including a custom-embroidered leather jacket
 with classic "biker cut," collector's trading-card set of NHRA drivers and
 events, and a die-cast Top Fuel Dragster.
     Racing fans can purchase a full range of exclusive collectibles by
 visiting Federal-Mogul's new Web site link at
 www.federal-mogul.com/promotions .
     The Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series covers all competition within NHRA's
 eight largest categories: Federal-Mogul Dragster, Federal-Mogul Funny Car,
 Competition Eliminator, Super Stock, Super Comp, Stock, Super Gas and Super
 Street.
     In addition to title sponsorship of all sportsman competition, Federal-
 Mogul's strategic marketing partnership with NHRA includes the Sealed Power
 Low-Qualifier Award, which rewards top qualifiers in five categories at
 divisional and national events.
     Sealed Power engine parts -- Federal-Mogul's premier brand of internal
 engine components -- also is an official brand of NHRA, the first marketing
 partnership of its kind within the engine components category.  The Sealed
 Power product family comprises a complete system of internal parts --
 including pistons, piston rings, camshafts, bearings, valves and valvetrain
 components, timing products and oil pumps -- for virtually any domestic or
 import engine.
     Although this weekend's event is Bristol's first national race since 1967,
 it's by no means racers' first look at this quarter-mile.  During each of the
 past two seasons, the track hosted the NHRA Winston Showdown -- an all-stars
 event featuring professional and sportsman racers.
     The Thunder Valley Nationals is expected to rekindle the same ultra-tight
 competition that has marked virtually every stop in the Federal-Mogul series
 schedule in 2001.  Things have been particularly heated in the Federal-Mogul
 Dragster and Federal-Mogul Funny Car categories, where four-time defending
 national champions Rick Santos and Frank Manzo, respectively, have fought off
 serious challenges by several teams.  Manzo, who took class honors at last
 year's Winston Showdown, is expected to be in the field again this weekend.
     "Any time he enters an event, Frank is the man to beat in Federal-Mogul
 Funny Car," said Federal-Mogul Engine Parts Brand Manager Peter Meyers.  "His
 total program -- from the internal engine components he chooses to the manner
 in which the team prepares the car for each run -- is a model of quality and
 consistency."
     In addition to Manzo, returning racers who won at last year's Winston
 Showdown event at Bristol are Jay Meyer (Federal-Mogul Dragster), Larry
 Pritchett (Competition Eliminator), Herbert Null (Super Stock), Bill Howell
 (Stock), Dan Northrop (Super Comp), and Jim Fordyce (Super Gas).
     Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, Federal-Mogul Corporation
 (NYSE:   FMO) is an automotive parts manufacturer providing innovative solutions
 and systems to global customers in the automotive, small engine, heavy-duty
 and industrial markets.  The company was founded in 1899.  Visit the company's
 web site at http://www.federal-mogul.com for more information.  Federal-
 Mogul's press releases are available by fax through Company News On-Call; call
 800-758-5804, ext. 306225.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X12668205
 
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