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Camping Gets Creative At Bristol Motor Speedway

Mar 29, 2005

2004 NASCAR® NEXTEL Cup Champion Kurt Busch and Fox Analyst Larry McReynolds judging Sharpie's "creative camping" contest at Bristol Motor Speedway

OAK BROOK, Ill.- Nearly 100,000 fans will make the Bristol Motor Speedway campgrounds their home away from home during race week this week.  This year Sharpie is challenging race fans to get creative with camping, while No. 97 Sharpie Ford driver Kurt Busch and FOX's Larry McReynolds pitch in to judge the first annual "Get Caught Camping" contest prior to the Sharpie Professional 250 Saturday.

Campers should be on the look out for Sharpie "Get Caught Camping" crews Thursday as they distribute 2,500 Sharpie banners in the campgrounds.  The campsite with the most creative display of the Sharpie banner wins a chance to meet Busch and McReynolds, four tickets to the 2006 Sharpie Professional 250 race weekend (includes both Busch and NEXTEL Cup series races) and a video feature on their camp site on the BMS infield NEXTEL Vision Jumbotron.

"Come rain or shine, heat or freezing cold, I'd put NASCAR fans up against any other sport, especially the fans at Bristol, for knowing how to pull together a tailgating," said Larry McReynolds, FOX's NASCAR Analyst.  "There is nothing like Bristol anywhere else in the country.  Who wouldn't want to come back next year for one of the biggest events in the NASCAR series.  With the help of the best fans in all of sports, this should be a lot of fun."

The first-ever program is among a series of activities Sharpie is offering to race fans at BMS and throughout the year.  For more information other program, go to sharpie.com.

About Sharpie Retractable

With a retractable writing tip and no caps to lose, Sharpie markers are now easier and more convenient to use.  Sharpie Retractable is available in eight colors: black, red, blue, green, orange, berry, lime and turquoise.  The suggested retail price for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 8-packs are $4.89, $7.33, $9.78, and $19.56, respectively.  Available at office supply stores and other retailers nationwide, Sharpie Retractable joins other significant writing innovations that target a wide range of enthusiasts from the hobbyist to the do-it-yourselfer.

About Sanford®, Makers of Sharpie®

Sharpie is the popular brand of permanent markers long-associated with the autograph experience.  Sanford, maker of Sharpie, is a division of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NYSE: NWL), a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and marketing of writing instruments, art products and office organization, including such well known brands as Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Parker®, Waterman®, EXPO®, FoohyTM, uni-ball®, and Rolodex®, among others. Sanford makes more than 6,000 products, ranging from markers, pens and pencils to professional art products, fine writing instruments and office organization products. Visit sharpie.com or sanfordcorp.com for more information.

For more information contact Susan Wassel at 630-481-2018, or email media.relations@sanfordcorp.com