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Fan to win $1 million if McMurray wins Night Race

March 18, 2011, Sponsor Release,

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Jamie McMurray has a large fan base, but for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 27 -- one particular person will have a million reasons to be his biggest fan.

In recognizing and celebrating the contributions of professional tradesmen who play a significant role in our lives each and every day, Irwin will give away $1 million to one lucky person if McMurray can capture his first victory under the lights in the 2011 Irwin Tools Night Race on Bristol's .533-mile layout as part of the Irwin Tools Thank a Tradesman Sweepstakes.

It's simple to enter: say "thanks" to a tradesman who has made a difference in your life by visiting The sweepstakes begins March 18 and concludes July 8.

"It puts a lot of extra pressure on me for sure," said McMurray, driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet and winner of 2010's Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400. "I would love to make someone a millionaire at Bristol. What a great promotion to recognize tradesmen who are unsung heroes in our everyday life. I hope everyone goes to and registers.

"The Irwin Tools Night Race is the one event that I want to win more than anything, and this Irwin Tools promotion gives me added incentive. It's 500 grueling laps, and after finishing third in last year's race, I know we have a great shot at it this August.

"Tradesmen keep America running strong, and this is our way of saying thanks for what they do for our country," said Curt Rahilly, VP of marketing for Irwin Tools. "Our entire team at Irwin is proud to honor them, and we think the Irwin Tools Night Race -- the most popular choice of race fans -- is the place to do it. They will have an experience of a lifetime, plus we hope to give our grand prize winner $1 million."

In addition to having a chance at the $1 million grand prize as part of the Irwin Tools Thank a Tradesman promotion, the sweepstakes winner will receive the "Pole Position" grand prize that includes an exclusive VIP race weekend for two in Bristol, from Aug. 25-28. Irwin will provide "behind-the-scenes" access to Bristol Motor Speedway's pit and garage area, round-trip air transportation, luxury RV accommodations at the track, and two days of exclusive at-track hospitality for the Cup and Nationwide series events.

In addition to the grand prize, five qualifier prize packages will be given away. They include two grandstand tickets to the Cup and Nationwide series events, hotel accommodations for three nights, and an Irwin tool bag packed with an assortment of Irwin tools valued at $250.

It is easy to enter the Irwin Tools Thank a Tradesman Sweepstakes. For more information and a complete copy of the official rules, visit