HOMETOWN RACE FOR TWO OF TEAM RENSI MOTORSPORTS CHICAGO BASED OWNERS

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There is always a special feeling when competing in any sporting event in front of your hometown crowd. Saturday's Tropicana Twister 300 will serve as a homecoming race for two of the three Team Rensi Motorsports owners. Ed Rensi and Gary Weisbaum, co-owners of Team Rensi Motorsports along with Sam Rensi, are residents of the greater Chicago area. The pair would like nothing more than for their driver, Bobby Hamilton Jr. to repeat as winner of Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race.

Ed Rensi, retired from McDonald's USA in 1988 after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer. Rensi currently resides in Downer's Grove, IL. Ed, along with brother Sam formed Team Rensi Motorsports in late 1998.

"It's very exciting to have Chicagoland Speedway as my home track," Rensi said. "We are going to entertain a large group of friends and business associates at the track. It was incredible to win the race last year, to repeat that will be tough, but Bobby, Harold Holly and all the guys will give it their best."

Gary Weisbaum is the President and CEO of Performance Promotions Group. Weisbaum became the third partner in Team Rensi Motorsports in 2000. He resides in Long Grove, IL.

"I am really excited to have the Team Marines Ford Taurus racing before the hometown fans," said Weisbaum. "NASCAR has really taken off in the Chicago area and it's been exciting to be a part of that energy. Last year was fantastic for Team Rensi, it's a moment I will never forget."

Hamilton will enter the race looking for his first win of the season. After a year filled with near misses, the driver from White House, TN will look to repeat history and drive his way into victory lane once again.

Hamilton recognizes the importance of recording a strong finish in the Team Marines Ford for his car owners.

"Just like Ed and Gary wanted me to run well at my hometown track in Nashville, I want to run strong for them in front of all their family and friends," Hamilton said. "I have run well every time we have visited Chicagoland so hopefully Saturday will be no different. Last year we had a perfect race car, that doesn't happen very often, but I know that Harold and all the guys will give me another strong Ford to go to battle with."

The Tropicana Twister 300 will take the green flag Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm EDT. NBC and Motor Racing Network will provide live coverage of the event.

FAST FACTS - ABC Auto Parts, based in Blue Island, IL will serve as an associate sponsor this weekend in the Tropicana Twister 300. In addition to having their logo on the # 25 Ford Taurus, they will entertain customers at the track this weekend.

- Chicagoland Speedway has been host to three NASCAR Busch Series races. Hamilton qualified fifth and sixth and third in those three races. An early race accident led Hamilton to a 41st place finish in 2001. Hamilton rebounded in 2002 to record a ninth place finish. Last season Hamilton led 186 of 200 laps to record his second of four wins in 2003.

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