May 15, 2008 8:22 AM

Northern Tool + Equipment to Host Go-Kart Challenge Prior to All Star Race

CONCORD, N.C. (May 14, 2008) - Northern Tool + Equipment, the primary sponsor of the No. 99 Ford F-150 driven by Erik Darnell will host a Race Day Go-Kart Challenge on Saturday, May 17th from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the company’s Concord retail location. This will be the second year in a row Concord has held the event prior to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race. Admission is free to the public. 

The Race Day Go-Kart Challenge will give participants 18 years and older with a valid driver's license the opportunity to showcase their go-kart skills for a chance at a $250.00 shopping spree to Northern Tool + Equipment. The name of the game though is who can run the fastest lap around the track. Each participant will get four laps; one practice and three timed laps.  However, there’s a catch to this race.  NT+E driver Erik Darnell and fellow Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle will take to the track first setting lap times for participants to aim for during the two-hour race.

“Northern Tool + Equipment has done a fabulous job putting together these go-karting events.  We had a great turnout last year and I expect it to be even bigger this year,” said Darnell. “It’s a great way to meet with fans and also do a little racing.”

The Race Day Go-Kart Challenge was created by NT+E in 2007. Known for its line of go-karts, NT+E thought it would be a great way to promote its driver who at the time was beginning his first full season with them. The company held several of these go-karting events during the 2007 truck season at different retail locations throughout the country. The Race Day Go-Kart Challenge was considered a hit and was a no brainer when discussing whether or not to bring it back for 2008. 

Along with prizes and trophies going to the first, second and third-place winners, all participants will receive a NT+E racing hat. Both Darnell and Biffle will be available during the event to sign autographs and mingle with fans.

Race Day Go-Kart Challenge location:
Northern Tool + Equipment
840 Concord Parkway N.
Concord, NC 28027

About Northern Tool + Equipment

Northern Tool + Equipment has been a supplier of high-quality tools and equipment for more than 27 years, selling products through direct mail, the Internet and at nearly 65 retail locations in 11 states. Along with a deep selection of hand, power and air tools, Northern Tool + Equipment carries a wide variety of products, including generators, pressure washers, air compressors, hydraulics, small engines, trailers, water pumps, tractors, welding equipment and much more. Northern Tool + Equipment also serves as the exclusive distributor of NorthStarTM brand equipment, which is fabricated and assembled at the company’s 250,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility. For more information, visit

About Roush Fenway Racing

Roush Fenway Racing operates 13 full-time motorsports teams, five in NASCAR Sprint Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; four in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun; three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun, Travis Kvapil and John Wes Townley; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

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