Expanding a relationship that began in 1996, CARQUEST Auto Parts has been named ¿The Official Auto Parts Store of Lowe¿s Motor Speedway.¿

¿We are proud Lowe¿s Motor Speedway has chosen CARQUEST Auto Parts as its official auto parts store,¿ said CARQUEST President Art Lottes III. ¿Bruton Smith and ¿Humpy¿ Wheeler have built Lowe¿s Motor Speedway into one of the premier racing facilities in the world and it is exciting for CARQUEST to be associated with it.¿

CARQUEST and Lowe¿s Motor Speedway have enjoyed a long history that began with the inaugural running of the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on May 24, 1997. The seven-year run of this event makes it one of the longest continuously sponsored races on the NASCAR Busch Series schedule.

¿CARQUEST has very successfully utilized motorsports and Lowe¿s Motor Speedway as part of its marketing effort,¿ said H.A. ¿Humpy¿ Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe¿s Motor Speedway. ¿Expanding our relationship to become the track¿s Official Auto Parts Store emphasizes CARQUEST¿s dedication to our sport and the marketing opportunities it offers.¿

Headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., CARQUEST Auto Parts has 3,800 stores and over 60 distribution centers across North America. It supplies the professional automotive service repair industry with replacement parts, tools and equipment. CARQUEST has established partnerships with groups such as the CARQUEST Technical Institute and TECH-NET Professional Auto Service Centers to enable independent auto repair centers to provide superior service combining high quality CARQUEST replacement parts with highly trained automotive technicians. CARQUEST also supports the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence or ¿ASE.¿

Lowe¿s Motor Speedway, a subsidiary of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: TRK), is one of the nation¿s largest sporting venues with a seating capacity of 167,000. It was the first modern superspeedway to host night racing in 1992 and was the first sports facility in North America to offer year-round living accommodations when it released condominiums for sale high above turn one in 1984. The speedway was recently recognized by Athlon Sports¿ Racing magazine as the number one NASCAR track.