"A Wise Guy Eh?"

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This October, drivers Michael Waltrip and Jimmy Spencer will be ‘nyuk’ing it up with the original kings of comedy, The Three Stooges, for a special race weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

As part of their ongoing 75th anniversary celebration, Larry, Moe and Curly will bring their own brand of comedic brilliance to the NASCAR Busch and Winston Cup circuits, where their trademark humor will run neck-and-neck against some of the world’s seriously fast race cars.

Waltrip's No. 99 Aaron’s/The Three Stooges Chevrolet Monte Carlo will see action during the 300-mile NASCAR® Busch Series event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Oct. 10, 2003. Meanwhile, Spencer and his Three Stooges-themed No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge will see action the next day for Saturday’s 500-mile NASCAR® Winston Cup race also at the Concord, N.C. racetrack.

In addition to their NASCAR appearance, the Three Stooges also will see action amid the high-speed hot rods in the National Hot Rod Association. Twelve-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force will showcase a Three Stooges paint scheme on the Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang funny car throughout the NHRA Nationals event on Oct. 23-26, 2003 in Las Vegas.

Action Performance Companies Inc., C3 Entertainment Inc. and Global Icons worked together to create the paint scheme program honoring the Stooges’ 75th anniversary.

"The Three Stooges have enjoyed success that nearly is unrivaled in the decidedly competitive world of comedy," said Fred W. Wagenhals, Action Performance’s chairman, president and CEO. "While others are passing fads, the Three Stooges still are the gold standard for physical, madcap humor. We at Action appreciate this unique opportunity to celebrate the Three Stooges and their comedic legacy with race fans. We thank C3 Entertainment and Global Icons as well as Michael Waltrip, Jimmy Spencer and John Force for helping to make it happen. It ‘soitenly’ has been a blast."

Earl M. Benjamin, C3 Entertainment president and CEO said: "Expanding our association with Action Performance to now include NASCAR with Michael Waltrip and Jimmy Spencer racing Three Stooges themed cars creates a new piece of classic Americana. The Three Stooges and NASCAR® are cultural icons. Both have been entertaining generations of fans with unmatched skill, timing and teamwork. We’re sure Michael and Jimmy and our NHRA driver John Force will enjoy driving with The Three Stooges as part of our 75th Year Anniversary celebration. All of us at C3 truly look forward to watching Larry, Moe and Curly zoom down the quarter mile with John Force in Las Vegas and thunder around the track with Michael Waltrip and Jimmy Spencer in Charlotte."

The Three Stooges’ yearlong fete has included 75th anniversary special television programs, books, home video and DVD releases. Currently, a Three Stooges major motion picture written by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, the creative duo behind There’s Something About Mary and many other hit comedies, also is in the works.

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