MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 16, 2009) – JR Motorsports today announced it has secured additional sponsorship backing for its No. 5 entry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Fastenal Company, North America’s largest fastener distributor and one of the world’s fastest-growing full-line industrial suppliers. The newly formed partnership will continue Fastenal’s presence in the Nationwide Series for the second straight year.
Fastenal will be the primary sponsor of the No. 5 Chevrolets for 14 races, bringing the team’s total number of races in 2009 to 21. The partnership will kick off at Texas Motor Speedway on April 4 with veteran driver and team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. behind the wheel. Earnhardt Jr. will make one other start in the No. 5 Fastenal Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway in July.
Fastenal joins Unilever (four races), GoDaddy.com (two races), and Delphi (one race) as primary sponsors of the No. 5 team in 2009.
“Everyone here at Fastenal is thrilled to be working with Dale Jr. and JR Motorsports to help continue the success of the No. 5 team,” said Fastenal President and CEO Will Oberton. “We’re looking forward to a great year on the track, and an opportunity to associate the Fastenal brand with one of the most popular drivers in the history of motorsports.”
Additional drivers and races for the No. 5 team will be announced at a later date, although the make-up will be similar to that of 2008, with multiple drivers sharing seat time throughout the season. The No. 5 team earned two victories last year, with Mark Martin winning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 1, and Ron Fellows winning at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Aug. 2.
“We’ve worked really hard putting a program together that will keep this No. 5 car on the track, and we are extremely pleased to bring Fastenal into the JR Motorsports fold for 2009,” said Earnhardt Jr., winner of 22 races and two championships in the Nationwide Series. “This team was a two-time winner last season, and I feel all the pieces are in place to keep that momentum going.”