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CARQUEST AUTO PARTS NAMED SUNSHINE CLASSIC TITLE SPONSOR

 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Carquest Corporation, with 2,800 Carquest Auto Parts Stores nationwide, has signed an agreement to become the title sponsor of the Sunshine Football Classic, it was jointly announced today by Rick Ray, president of the bowl, and Neil Stockel, Carquest chairman.
 The Carquest Bowl, which will be played on Saturday, Jan. 1, 1994 at South Florida's Joe Robbie Stadium, will again be televised by Raycom and aired nationally on CBS. The game pits one of the top teams from the Big East Football Conference against a representative from the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
 Carquest Corporation, based in Tarrytown, N.Y., is a leading auto parts distribution and marketing organization supplying the automotive replacement parts and service repair industries, as well as do-it- yourselfers, with quality auto parts, tools and equipment. In 1992, Carquest Auto Parts Stores registered total sales of more than $1.3 billion.
 "Sponsoring this premier sporting event is the biggest single marketing splash in Carquest's 20-year history," said Stockel. "The Carquest Bowl will help make the name Carquest as well known to the general public as it is to the professional auto repair industry."
 "We are extremely proud to join forces with an outstanding company such as Carquest Corporation," Ray said. "We are looking forward to a long and prosperous future. The addition of Carquest as title sponsor of the game marks the beginning of an exciting chapter in the history of the bowl."
 Originally named the Sunshine Football Classic, the Carquest Bowl was previously sponsored by Blockbuster Video. The Blockbuster Bowl, as it has been known in the past, has attracted over 160,000 fans in its first three years and made an economic impact of over $90 million on the South Florida economy, according to the Broward Economic Development Council.
 The first game was played on Dec. 28, 1990. In that game, No. 6 rated Florida State defeated seventh-ranked Penn State, 25-22, before 74,021 fans at Joe Robbie Stadium. In 1991, defending National Champion Colorado lost to the No. 8 ranked Crimson Tide of Alabama, 30-25. On Jan. 1, 1993, ninth-ranked Stanford, co-champion of the Pac-10, defeated Penn State, 24-3. The game, billed as "the genius vs. the legend," pitted Cardinal coach Bill Walsh against Joe Paterno of the Nittany Lions.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Ballweg of the Sunshine Football Classic, 305-564-5000; or Dave Loew of Carquest, 914-332-1515/


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