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Michael Waltrip to Mow Race Fan's Lawn; YARD-MAN(R) Offers Fan a Chance to Win a NASCAR-Style Mow.

CLEVELAND -- Want your lawn to be the talk of the town? Thanks to the YARD-MAN "Honey, Is That Michael Waltrip Mowing Our Lawn?" sweepstakes, it just may be.

That's right. NASCAR veteran Michael Waltrip will put his driving skills to work behind the wheel of a YARD-MAN mower as he cuts the lawn of one lucky sweepstakes winner. The winner, to be chosen in May, will also receive a garage full of lawn maintenance equipment and NASCAR apparel. In addition to the high-performance YARD-MAN equipment, the winner earns bragging rights, too.

Green With Envy

Neighbors simply won't believe their eyes as Waltrip, his pit crew and a team of landscapers professionally manicure the sweepstakes winner's lawn. In neighborly fashion, YARD-MAN will also give YARD-MAN mowers to the winner's closest neighbors.

"I love doing stuff like this," said Michael Waltrip. "The YARD-MAN mower handles great - just like a racecar. I'm pretty sure we won't see speeds over 5 mph, but it is bound to be exciting."

"The 'Honey, Is That Michael Waltrip Mowing Our Lawn?' sweepstakes is one way we bring the excitement of NASCAR to fans nationwide," said Tim Coughlin, National Sales and Marketing Manager for YARD-MAN. "It will be a lot of fun to see Michael riding a mower, he really gets into fun events like this!"

Beginning February 13, 2006, race fans can visit www.yardman.com or sign up at any track playing host to the YARD-MAN Garage and enter to win a chance to have Michael Waltrip and the No. 66 YARD-MAN pit crew mow their lawn. The winner will be randomly selected from all entries in May 2006.

YARD-MAN NASCAR Racing Program

YARD-MAN by MTD teamed up with Brewco Motorsports and veteran drivers Michael Waltrip and Kenny Schrader to become a primary sponsor of the No. 66 Ford racing in the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series. YARD-MAN, a leading manufacturer of lawn and garden tractors and walk-behind mowers, will have a primary role in 15 races, including stops at famed tracks such as Daytona, Bristol and Talladega to name a few. Throughout the season, Waltrip and Schrader will share driving responsibilities for the YARD-MAN sponsored racecar.

In addition to the Brewco Motorsports team sponsorship, YARD-MAN has created a host of interactive fan activities including the traveling YARD-MAN Garage, featuring true-to-life YARD-MAN tractor racing simulators where fans can race head-to-head against Waltrip, Schrader and other top NASCAR drivers. Additionally, YARD-MAN will bring the No. 66 Ford to life, literally, via a fresh grass paint scheme. Fans can help groom and manicure the specially designed car made of grass and flowers at select races throughout the season. Visit www.yardman.com for up-to-date YARD-MAN racing news.

About YARD-MAN

YARD-MAN products, available at Wal-Mart, Costco, Menards and hardware stores across the country, provide power and durability as well as comfort and versatility. The revolutionary YARD-MAN riding lawn tractor is designed to make mowing a lawn easier and features an innovative Briggs & Stratton INTEK overhead valve engine, Auto Drive(TM) transmission, a TightTurn(TM) steering system and a FastAttach(TM) tool-free attachments system.
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