Kyle Teams With "Busch" Gardens

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Hendrick Motorsports today announced a primary sponsorship for 2007 that will showcase Spectrum Brands lawn and garden products on the No. 5 Chevrolets set to be driven by Kyle Busch in 13 NASCAR Busch Series races.

The agreement will feature the Sta-Green, Spectracide and Garden Safe products, which are available at Lowe's locations across North America, and mark Spectrum Brands' third season as a sponsor of the No. 5 Busch Series team.

"It's exciting to continue our partnership with Team 5, Kyle and the entire Hendrick Motorsports organization," said Kevin Blossom, Spectrum Brands divisional vice president. "The winning results we've seen on the track over the last two years are a great companion to the winning results Lowe's customers have seen with Spectracide and Sta-Green lawn and garden products."

The program, which includes two events in conjunction with Spectrum Brands partner Busch Gardens, will include only companion dates with the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Busch will kick off 2007 by competing in the Feb. 17 Daytona 300 at Daytona International Speedway in the No. 5 Chevy.

"We are thrilled to welcome Busch Gardens as a Team 5 partner," Blossom said. "Sta-Green products were able to help Kyle with his home landscaping last year and now the brands found at Lowe's will also be used to help maintain the beauty of America's top adventure parks. With Busch Gardens, we share a commitment to conservation efforts and to the beauty, excitement and education that the parks offer guests."

The Busch Gardens parks, part of the Anheuser-Busch family of adventure parks, are located in Tampa, Fla., and Williamsburg, Va. The Busch Gardens brand will twice adorn the hood of the No. 5 Chevy in 2007, with the first appearance set to promote the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March.

"The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund's mission is to work with purpose and passion on behalf of wildlife and habitats worldwide, encouraging sustainable solutions through support of species research, animal rescue and rehabilitation and conservation education," said Ginny Busch, SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund president. "We're proud of our partnerships with companies that share our passion for the environment."

Kyle Busch, 21, has driven Busch Series races each year since his 2003 circuit debut, earning seven victories, eight pole positions, 24 top-five finishes and 40 top-10s in 89 starts. He was the Busch Series rookie of the year in 2004 after a record-breaking season that garnered a runner-up points finish.

"I'm looking forward to another year of NASCAR Busch Series competition," Kyle Busch said. "Spectrum Brands has been a great sponsor for us, and it's an honor to have them back on the car in 2007. It's a competitive series and we're looking forward to more exciting racing.

"As an animal lover myself, I take a lot of pride in having a sponsor that supports efforts like the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. It will be fun running the Garden Safe car with Busch Gardens this season and helping to raise awareness for a great cause."

Hendrick Motorsports has named Mike Bumgarner crew chief of its No. 5 Busch Series effort, which also includes five previously announced events with sponsor Delphi. In 2006, Bumgarner was crew chief of the No. 44 NEXTEL Cup team that ran a limited schedule with driver Terry Labonte.

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