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Carter takes checkered flag at Toledo

ADEL, IOWA — May 19, 2008

Rookie Carter says the finish was ‘probably the biggest win of my life'

Matt Carter, driver of the #46 Clement Racing Ford Fusion supported by major sponsor, Stine Seed Company, Adel, Iowa, held off challenges by a talented field of ARCA/REMAX Series drivers and even Mother Nature herself to grab the checkered flag at the Hantz Group 200 on Sunday in Toledo, Ohio.

"What a great day all around for this team," Carter said following his trip to Victory Lane. "We were absolutely horrible yesterday in practice and qualifying, but the team dug down and fixed up a really good handling car for the race today. All the guys that raced me for the lead raced me really clean, and it certainly could have gone the other way considering all those restarts that close to the end."

The difficult weather situation made a tough race even tougher, causing extensive rain delays and multiple restarts in the final laps of the race.

After threatening all day, the rain began coming down in earnest with 91 laps to go. At that point, Carter was in third place, behind Dexter Bean and Michael Simko, and was tailed by Frank Kimmel and Scott Speed. Sprint Cup Series regulars, David Ragan and Ken Schrader, were also close in the chase.

"There were a lot of people who still had a pretty good shot at winning this thing when we re-started after the rain," Carter said. "But the best place to be was out in front."

On lap 134, Carter shot past Bean and also battled with Schrader, who was trying to avoid getting lapped. Bean continued to badger Carter and even took over the lead at lap 153.

However, Carter grabbed the lead back just two laps later and survived a series of six tense restarts after multiple cautions, holding off Bean over the final 50 laps.

The final caution came as Carter charged to the finish line on what would have been the final lap of the race. Carter was less than 100 yards from victory, just ahead of Patrick Sheltra and Bean heading into the front stretch, when Michael Phelps spun out in turn one to bring out the final yellow flag.

Carter held his lead position through a one-lap shootout, and finally experienced what he characterized as "probably the biggest win of my life."

"There were a lot of restarts and they pushed me real hard, but we were able to hold them off," he said. "Actually, all of those restarts really prepared me for the finish - the last one. I think it was one of the most competitive races I've been in."

In fact, Carter finished 203 laps to win the race rather than the intended 200. But even with the many spin-outs and frustrating restarts, Carter pushed hard to get to the front of the pack - and stay there.

"We were running third when the rain came down, and then it came down again. I was hoping we'd get the chance to finish it, but the way it looked, I thought we'd let it keep raining and just take third place," Carter said. "I just tried to stay focused, and I'm glad it finally stopped. We had to get through a lot after all that weather. It feels good to survive all that."

In addition to this big win, Carter was named Sun Trust Rookie of the Race and climbs two spots to take second in the overall series points standing.

The #46 Clement Racing Ford Fusion is owned by Larry Clement, Fort Dodge, Iowa, with Carter's father, Travis Carter - himself a former NASCAR champion crew chief and car owner.

In addition to major sponsor, Stine Seed, the #46 car is also supported by co-sponsors, BayerCropscience/LibertyLink® soybeans; Fort Dodge Animal Health; Nu-South Lemonade; Cookies Food Products and Iowa pork producers.

The #46 car was sponsored for the Toledo race by the Hantz Group - which was also the title sponsor for the race event.

Race fans can keep up with Stine Racing by visiting http://www.stineracing.com/.

For more details on the ARCA/ReMax racing series, visit the ARCA web site at http://www.arcaracing.com/.

About Additional Sponsors

The Hantz Group is a full-service financial holding company headquartered in Detroit, Mich., with offices in Michigan and Ohio. For more information, visit www.hantzgroup.com.

Nu South Lemonade is an Atlanta, Georgia, -based company quickly expanding into the Midwest. Visit www.nusouth.com.

Ford Dodge Animal Health is a world leader in animal health products. For more information, visit http://www.fdah.com/.

This report was compiled from race reports published by the Associate Press and The Toledo Blade newspaper.

About Stine Seed Company

Stine Seed Company, headquartered near Adel, Iowa, is an industry-leading seed company focused on developing and marketing the world's best performing corn and soybean seed.

For nearly four decades, Stine’s soybean research program has been regarded as the soybean genetics supplier of choice to the seed industry. In addition, Stine has research efforts aimed at breeding and development of its own proprietary corn inbreds and hybrids.

About Clement Racing

Clement Racing is owned by Iowa native Larry Clement, and is headquartered in Statesville, North Carolina. The team is a nine-time series points champion in the ARCA RE/MAX series. Clement Racing’s corporate sponsors include Stine, Fort Dodge Animal Health, The Hantz Group, and Nu South Lemonade.

For more details on the ARCA RE/MAX racing series, visit the ARCA Web site at www.arcaracing.com.

Members of the media wishing to contact Stine should contact:

David Thompson
(515) 677-2605
dpthompson@stineseed.com