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February 3, 2011 5:20 PM

Frank Stoddard Starts A New Team And More News

PPG is coming back to sponsor Penske Racing. has an article up saying that new fueling system could cause problems for teams.

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U.S. Chrome to Race Daytona 500 Car

Company returns to NASCAR; Renews partnership with veteran crew chief Frank Stoddard

STRATFORD, CONN., February 3, 2011 - U.S. Chrome Corporation, the world-wide leader in innovative surface engineering technology, today announced sponsorship and co-ownership of the #32 Ford Fusion car to race in NASCAR's historic Daytona 500, February 20, 2011, at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. U.S. Chrome will partner and co-own with 14-time NASCAR Nextel Cup winner Frank Stoddard for the company's first Daytona 500 appearance.

"At U.S. Chrome, we have two passions," said Bob Reath, owner and CEO of U.S. Chrome Corporation. "Developing superior-performing, environmentally-friendly coatings - and racing. We are excited to renew our partnership with Frank Stoddard and to re-enter NASCAR in the biggest way possible - by challenging the world's best at the Daytona 500."

Reath and Stoddard last teamed together alongside NASCAR champion Boris Said for a limited schedule in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. But, the relationship between the two began nearly 23 years ago. In 1988, U.S. Chrome partnered with Dana Patten to run five Sprint Cup races. Based out of a two-stall garage in Enfield, N.H., the team made its racing debut at Michigan International Speedway with Frank Stoddard as the lead wrench and chassis specialist.

"I am energized to be back partnering with U.S. Chrome and Bob Reath, and this time as co-owners on NASCAR's grandest stage." Stoddard said. "With U.S. Chrome's sponsorship of the FAS Lane Racing Team, we look forward to contending for a win at the Daytona 500."

Stoddard, who returned to a full schedule on the Sprint Cup circuit in 2010, posting a top-10 finish with Said at Infineon Raceway, has plenty of experience racing at Daytona. Stoddard and rookie Scott Wimmer finished third at the 2004 Daytona 500 - the highest rookie finish in Daytona 500 history. Stoddard has posted 14 career wins, 12 runner-ups and an additional 90 top-10 finishes. For the last five years, Stoddard and Said raced as the No Fear Racing team in alliance with Roush Racing.

The #32 Ford Fusion car to run the Daytona 500 will be U.S Chrome branded, highlighting the company's two most popular innovative coatings - NiCom and TriCom.

U.S. Chrome is revolutionizing the metal-finishing industry. The company's innovative coatings - NiCom and TriCom (patent pending) - outperform chrome on many applications. NiCom has performance applications with motor sports, coating cylinders and pistons, and has been applied on more than one million cylinder bores. TriCom can be used across all metal-working industries, such as aerospace, oil and gas, automotive, agriculture, printing and hydraulics. A version of U.S. Chrome's TriCom is currently being applied on components for the U.S. Air Force's F-35 Joint Striker Fighter.

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