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Contact: Laz Denes, 256-717-8014 ldenes@skiandcompany.com , Smith & Wesson Chevy Team Up to the Challenge At California’s NASCAR Busch Series Ameriquest 300

FONTANA, Calif.(Aug.31, 2006) – Mike Bliss and the #30 Smith & Wesson Chevrolet team of SKI Motorsports are ready to make their third NASCAR Busch Series appearance of the season Saturday night at California Speedway in the Ameriquest 300.

Back with the same brand new SKI Motorsports-built Chevrolet that Bliss debuted at Gateway Raceway in July, sporting the unique black-and-white paint scheme exemplifying Smith & Wesson’s ongoing tribute to America’s law enforcement heroes, the second-year, part-time NBS program looks to post its top results to date on the 2-mile California Speedway tri-oval.

At Gateway, Bliss and the team dusted off their brand new racing machine and qualified third among 16 “go-or-go-home” entries to make the show.

But terminal brake problems some 49 laps from the finish ended a potential top-15 finish or better.

“We’ve got ourselves a great race car and hope to get out of it this weekend what we know it’s capable of producing,” said Bliss, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular who’s currently 10th in NCTS points driving the #16 Xpress Motorsports Chevrolet.“Fontana’s a tough track but a very fun track.It’s become a great racetrack.I think if all goes smoothly, we could be in for our best night, yet, for the Smith & Wesson folks.”

As part of Smith & Wesson’s law enforcement tribute program, Deputy Chief Anthony Cannatella of the New Orleans Police Department, who played an instrumental role in the area’s Hurricane Katrina rescue and relief efforts that began a year ago this week, will be honorary crew chief for the #30 team.

“All of our races are special in their own way, but this one stands to be particularly special as we are honoring one of the many heroes of the Katrina disaster on the week of its first anniversary,” said SKI Motorsports president Chris Lencheski.“Hopefully, we can generate a result on the track this weekend that’s one to remember.We were pleased with how our brand new, untested race car ran at Gateway, so we’re expecting really good things to come of it this weekend.

When we built this car, we actually built it with California and Kansas in mind, so we’ll really get to see what it can do these next two races.We made some upgrades since Gateway, did a little rubbing and tweaking, and hopefully it’ll all add up to a good run on Saturday night.”

#30 SMITH & WESSON/SKI MOTORSPORTS CHEVROLET RACE NOTES

Saturday night’s Ameriquest 300 is the third of four races on the 2006 schedule for the #30 Smith & Wesson/SKI Motorsports Chevrolet.Former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and USAC Silver Crown Series champion

is slated to drive all four events.

Mother’s Day weekend at Darlington, Bliss overcame handling difficulties to qualify 40thsurvived midrace contact with another competitor enroute to a 31st-place finish.July 29 at Gateway, Bliss and the team debuted a brand new race car but saw their night come to a premature end with terminal brake trouble 49 laps from the finish.The team’s final race this season is at Kansas Speedway on Sept.30.

The Smith & Wesson Racing NBS program debuted in 2005 with an eight-race schedule of events that featured Bliss, as well as Nextel Cup regular Scott Riggs and two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday, Jr.Hornaday turned in the season’s best qualifying effort of 12th at Phoenix in November.Bliss came within a lap-and-a-half of scoring a top-10 finish at Daytona in July.Las Vegas, Atlanta, Charlotte, Bristol, Texas and California also were on the 2005 schedule.

Bliss has four previous NBS starts at California Speedway with top-20 finishes in three of those driving the Joe Gibbs Racing #20 entry in 2003 and 2004.His best NBS start was seventh in 2004.In NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition here, Bliss won from the pole in 1997 and added top-10 finishes in each of his next four starts, including fifth in the 1999 truck race.He also has three Nextel Cup starts with a best start of 10th and a best finish of 12th in February 2005.Bliss is currently 10th in the Truck series points in the #16 entry.

Smith & Wesson, in conjunction with the national Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Grand Lodge, continues a special tribute to the nation’s law enforcement heroes that began last fall.

As part of the program, Chief Anthony Cannatella of the New Orleans Police Department will serve as honorary crew chief with the #30 team here this weekend.Cannatella was chosen for the honor by the FOP Grand Lodge Headquarters in recognition of for his gallant and heroic leadership in commanding the rescue and relief efforts of the NOPD’s Sixth District in the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina disaster that began a year ago this week.On board with the team as a major associate sponsor this season is , the world’s #1 fishing brand founded in 1937.Its product lineup includes Berkley Trilene, the Berkley Lightning Rod, Berkley PowerBait, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley FireLine, Berkley Vanish, Berkley Frenzy and a host of other innovations designed to catch more fish.

Crew chief Bob Schacht, a 35-year veteran in stock car racing, is the only ARCA series driver with wins in 19 consecutive seasons, and also has 23 Nextel Cup starts.As a crew chief, he has a reputation for fielding fast race cars and developing young drivers.

One of his latest “projects” was current young Nextel Cup driver Stuart Kirby.Among Schacht’s racing innovations is a drivers “suit cooler” utilized in several racing series
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Daytona International Speedway Timeline

August 16, 1954: Bill France Sr.signs a contract with city of Daytona Beach officials to build what would become Daytona International Speedway “The World Center of Racing.”

November 25, 1957: Ground clearing begins for the Daytona Beach International Speedway.

February 20, 1959: Two days before the Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway held a 100-mile convertible race.The convertible race was immediately followed by a 100-mile race for Grand National “hard-top” cars – thus twin qualifying races which are today called The Gatorade Duel At Daytona.

February 22, 1959: The inaugural Daytona 500 – also known as the “500-Mile International Sweepstakes” was held with hard tops and convertibles.

It was the only Daytona 500 to ever run with convertibles.

The finish of the caution-free inaugural Daytona 500 was too close to call, but Johnny Beauchamp went to Victory Lane and savored the celebration although the results were posted as “unofficial.” Sixty-one hours later, Lee Petty was the winner in what appeared to be a dead heat between Petty and Beauchamp – with the lapped car of Joe Weatherly making it a three-wide finish at the checkered flag.

A clip of newsreel footage proved that Petty was the winner by a few feet.

July 4, 1959: The inaugural Firecracker 250 – later increased to 400 miles – was held and won by local driver Glenn “Fireball” Roberts.

1961: The Daytona 200 motorcycle classic moves from the beach to a 2.0-mile road course inside Daytona International Speedway.Roger Reiman, who specialized in Flat Track racing, won the inaugural Daytona 200 at DIS aboard a Harley-Davidson.His average winning speed was 69.26 mph.

February 14, 1961: In the twin qualifying races for the Daytona 500 both Lee and Richard Petty sailed over the guardrail out of the race track in separate accidents; both, oddly enough, on Lap 37.Lee Petty suffered serious injuries in the second qualifying race while Richard only suffered some minor scrapes and a sprained ankle in his accident in the first qualifying race.

Ironically, Johnny Beauchamp, the driver involved in the photo finish in the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959, was part of the Lee Petty accident and, he too, went over the wall sustaining minor injuries.

February 26, 1961: Marvin Panch won the Dayt August 27, 1961: Art Malone drove Bob Osecki’s Hemi-powered, highly modified Indy car named the “Mad Dog IV” to a new world closed-course record speed of 181.561 mph.

February 11, 1962Lotus-Climax 19b S 2500 car, won the Daytona Continental completing 82 laps

February 18, 1962he American Challenge invita February 8, 1964: Nelson Stacy wins the inaugural 250-mile Automobile Racing peedway event in the division’s history.wsher were winners of the 50-mile

February 16, 1964miles).With a race time of 12 hours, 40 minutes, the United States and was won by Pedro

March 1964: The Daytona 200 motorcycle race finally moves onto the high banks using the full 3.81-mile road course.

February 14, 1965: February 5-6, 1966 February 16, 1967: Moody Ford, becoming the first open-wheel Indy driver to accomplish

February 1969 February 20, 1972:

Late 1973 The 1974 running of the Daytona 24 Hours is canceled due to an international gasoline crisis.

February 14, 1974 IROC (International Race driver, 25-lap race on the 3.81-mile road course in Porsche Carrera RSR cars, Donohue battled George

February 15, 1974he first time.The low-slung,as Hollywood idol Paul Newman was among the competitors.Bobby Allison won the race.Newman got spun out early in the event by Jack Duffy won was driving

July 4, 1974last lap, Pearson was leading Richard Petty when he suddenly backed off the 1.

Petty had to take evasive action and pass him.

Pearson gained enough steam straight year, was furious about Pearson’s last lap tricks.

January 31 – February 1, 1976: February 15, 1976: David Pearson and Richard Petty crash battling for the lead a rest they had still not cross February 20, 1977th.

August, 1978: Daytona International Speedway is repaved for the first time in its history.The project took several months to complete and was finished in time for the 1979 Daytona 500.

February 11, 1979sprint.Buddy Baker won the non-points

February 18, 1979: The Daytona 500 is televised live for the first time in event history by CBS Sports.On the final gh and Donnie Allison Waltrip to win his sixth Daytona 500 while Yarborough and Allison began a heated debate that turned into a fist fight with Allison’s brother Bobby jumping into the fray.

February 13, 1982: The inaugural event of NASCAR’s new Busch Series ion) was held with Dale Earnhardt coming home the series’ first winner.

February 12, 1984: Cale Yarborough earned the Daytona 500 pole with a record crashed his car on his second qualifying lap making his speed unofficial.

The

: Kenny Roberts has announced his retirement and made his 12th and final start at DIS.He began the race as defending champion, and finished a winner again, setting a record race speed of 113.14 mph.

July 4, 1984: President Ronald Reagan served as Grand Marshal for the Pepsi aboard Air Force One.Reagan arrived miRadio’s Ned Jarrett and witnessed Richard Petty’s historic 200thwas the first time in NASCAR history

February 9, 1987 February 14, 1988Daytona 500 in the race’s only father-son finish.Allison also became the oldest

February 2 -3, 1991: Hurley Haywood wins his record fifth Daytona 24 Hour.

July 4, 1992: President George Bush served as Daytona International Speedway.

July 5, 1996 July 5, 1997: John Andretti, driving Cale Ya February 7, 1998high-ba
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