NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Teams Teach Urban Youth Racing School Students In Hands-On Internship Program

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL. (March 14, 2006) - The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series garage will be transformed into a hands-on classroom for four students with aspirations of a career in racing.

During the Atlanta race week, Craftsman® Motorsports will host four students from Philadelphia's Urban Youth Racing School (UYRS) for an intense internship program where students will learn the ABC's of racing. The Urban Youth Racing School is a non-profit organization committed to the education, training and preparation of today's urban youths through exposure to the automotive and motorsports industry.

The student interns are: Danny Colon (18) of North Philadelphia, Pa.; Shawnna Stanton (18) of Philadelphia; Kristopher Fuller (17) of Philadelphia; and Nkosi Harmon (17) of Philadelphia. As part of this year's internship program, the students will be assigned to four NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams - Circle Bar Racing (No. 14), Darrell Waltrip Motorsports (Nos. 12 and 17), Morgan-Dollar Motorsports (Nos. 47 and 85) and Red Horse Racing (No. 11).

"The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series often is considered a stepping stone for many young racers and for mechanics who have dreamed of working in NASCAR," said Scott Howard, Manager of Sponsorship and Sales Promotion for Sears Holdings Corp. "Our annual internship program with the Urban Youth Racing School is one of many ways that Craftsman continues to support diversity in NASCAR. Through the internship program and other initiatives, Craftsman engages these students in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, helping them recognize that opportunities exist in motorsports, and giving them first-hand experience and encouragement to pursue their dreams."

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The Craftsman internship allows students from the Urban Youth Racing School who are interested in motorsports to go behind the scenes in race shops and in the garage at the race track to learn the steps each team takes to prepare for the dropping of the green flag each week.

The internship will begin on Mon., March 13 with the students taking a hands-on approach as they work in the race shops of their assigned teams. From welding on a race truck to learning set-ups to loading the hauler to go to the race track, the UYRS students will gain knowledge about the inner workings of a race shop. After a few days of preparation, it's off to the race track.

On Thursday morning, the students will travel to Atlanta to work with their assigned teams at the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the John Deere 200. With the garage as their laboratory, the UYRS students will help with everything from pushing the truck through inspection line to setting up the pits for the race.

The internship will culminate with the students working in the pits during the John Deere 200. "I've been looking forward to this week for so long that I can't stop thinking about it," said Danny Colon, an 18-year-old student at the Community College of Philadelphia. "This is such a great opportunity, and I really appreciate Craftsman doing this. "I'm going to work as hard as I can all week. Whatever they tell me to do, I'm going to do it. I like working on race cars, and I hope this leads to something bigger in the future."

Since 2002, the Craftsman-UYRS relationship has become a vital source of growth for this student program. Craftsman not only provides its tools and tool storage for the UYRS race shop and mini-cup car competitions, but it also has become a leading sponsor in facilitating invaluable motorsports industry opportunities for the UYRS members.

The Sears Craftsman UYRS Internship Program makes it possible for students to attend select races among other activities. Craftsman's support of the UYRS helps youths develop their skills, education and interests in motorsports and beyond. Craftsman, the Official Tools of NASCAR, has sponsored the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series since it began in 1995. According to a 2004 EquiTrend survey, Craftsman is rated the No. 1 brand in the nation for overall quality. Craftsman tools, merchandise and related services are sold nationwide through Sears Full-line stores, Sears Hardware stores, Sears Dealer stores and Orchard Supply Hardware stores, through select Kmart stores and specialty catalogs and online at www.sears.com and www.craftsman.com.

UYRS is a non-profit organization committed to the education, training and preparation of today's urban youth through exposure to the automotive and motorsports industry.  UYRS is committed to making diversity and youth issues a national priority. www.uyrs.com