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BUSCH: Daytona: Josh Richeson preview

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Feb 13, 2004, 12:40 AM

Josh Richeson to pilot the ...

Josh Richeson to pilot the #43 Curb-Agajanian Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevrolet for the Hershey Kisses 300 at Daytona.

Cornelius, NC (February 10, 2004). Coming off the heels of After a stout strong season in 2003, in which saw the #43 Curb-Agajanian team win won the NASCAR Busch Series Funai 250 at Richmond and posted ing 7seven top ten finishes in 16 races with driver Johnny Sauter, Curb-Agajanian is thrilled to announce the addition of Ollie's Bargain Outlet, Inc. as a primary sponsor for the Hershey Kisses 300 at Daytona.

Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA, Ollie's Bargain Outlet has 29 locations stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. Mark Butler, the CEO of Ollie's Bargain Outlet, said, "The Curb-Agajanian #43 NASCAR team is a perfect partner for Ollie's. Over the past several years, this race team has frequently outperformed its the elite teams with higher budgets competitors while spending maintaining a significantly lower budget. As Ollie's thrives on selling first-rate brand-name, top-quality products at deeply discounted close-out prices, so being associated with a race team that over- delivers is a perfect match for our brand. This sponsorship will draw race fans in the Mid-Atlantic region to our stores. In addition, the tremendous national exposure of NASCAR will help us procure more closeout merchandise by introducing Ollie's to major manufacturers and millions of NASCAR fans, some of whom may have closeout products available. Ollie's purchases all kinds of closeout, surplus and salvage goods from vendors across the world, and we're extremely excited to let everyone know what a great channel we are for liquidating merchandise and alleviating inventory problems." said Mark Butler, CEO of Ollie's.

"We are excited to have Josh Richeson piloting the #43 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevrolet at Daytona. Josh Richeson paid his dues racing the ARA Late Model All-Star series against two of NASCAR's rising stars in Brian Vickers and Shane Hmiel. He caught my eye in the Busch Series by posting several strong qualifying efforts and racing clean races with very little funding" said Cary Agajanian, co-owner of Curb-Agajanian Motorsports. "In their late model days, I wasn't surprised to look back and see that Josh consistently ran with or beat both Vickers and Hmiel back in their late model days. Josh He is a real racer and is not afraid to work his tail off to get a car ready for a race, just as Johnny Sauter did last year. I know that Johnny's ability to build and set-up our cars was a major reason for our program's success and I know in Josh we also have another driver who can build a car from the ground up and do whatever it takes to go racing and compete for wins,." said Agajanian.

Cary Agajanian is also the owner of Motor Sports International ("MMI"), which represents many of NASCAR's most successful drivers and brightest stars. Josh Richeson follows a long line of MMI client Johnny Sauter,s who have used the is also on the client roster of Motorsports Management International and it is no secret that Cary Agajanian uses the #43 car to showcase the talents last year of the young drivers his company represents. In 2003 Johnny Sauter, an MMI client, who will pilot the #30 AOL Chevrolet in the Nextel Cup Series and the #27 Kleenex Chevrolet in the Busch Series this season, credits credited his experiences racing Agajanian's #43 opportunity car as a major reason that he was offered the AOL and Kleenex opportunities. "Last year Sauter was behind the wheel of the #43 Chevrolet and drove to a thrilling victory in the Funai 250 at Richmond International Raceway, which let the NASCAR world know that he was a force to be reckoned with. This year, Our our goal is to showcase Josh in a select number of races to the NASCAR community by providing him a competitive car and first-class race team that can run-up front" said Agajanian. Sauter was behind the wheel of the #43 Chevrolet and drove to a thrilling victory in the Funai 250 at Richmond International Raceway, which let the NASCAR world know that Sauter was a force to reckon with.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Johnny Sauter , Shane Hmiel , Josh Richeson