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(Halifax, NS. April 26, 2013) The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is pleased to announce that Exide Batteries will return as the sponsor of the Rookie of the Year Award for a second season. The list of drivers who have won the Exide Batteries Rookie of the Year Award is a who’s -who of racing royalty in Atlantic Canada. Two-time and defending overall series champion Shawn Turple (Enfield, NS) won the freshman crown in 2005, while Lonnie Sommerville (Saint John, NB - 2007) and Craig Slaunwhite (Terence Bay, NS - 2008) have gone on to feature wins on the Tour after taking the Exide Batteries Rookie of the Year Award.

Drivers from all three Maritime Provinces have won the coveted Exide Batteries Rookie of the Year Award, with Prince Edward Island’s Geoff Boyle (Charlottetown) and Dale Holmes (West Covehead), New Brunswick’s Ian Mollins (Berry Mills) and Josh Jaillet (MacDougall Settlement) and Nova Scotia’s Russell Smith Sr. (Lakeside) and Jerome Kehoe (Sydney) receiving the award in previous years.

In 2012, six rookies embarked on their first season with the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. In a see-saw battle that will go down in history as one of the best freshman battles in Tour history, Saint John, New Brunswick’s Steve Halpin took the crown over Cornwall, Prince Edward Island’s Dylan Gosbee, Terry Dougay (Albany, PE) and Brad Eddy (Lower Sackville, NS).

"We are excited to have Exide Batteries presenting the Rookie of the Year award again in 2013," said Ken Cunning, General Manager of the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. "A new crop of rookie drivers will be battling to get their hands on the cool Exide Batteries Rookie of the Year trophy. Exide produces exceptional product and are a great asset to the Tour.”

“We are extremely pleased that we have been given the opportunity to support the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour again this year as it brings our brand and our customers a tremendous amount of local exposure.” Said Kevin Demyon, Sr. Director of Sales for Exide Canada. “We wish the new class of 2013 the best of luck and look forward to seeing them at the finish line.”

This season, at least four rookies have expressed their intent to run full-time. Nova Scotia stock car champions Cole Butcher (Porter’s Lake), Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro), Jeff Dillman (Middle Musquodoboit) and Colby Smith (Cape Sable Island) will look to add the prestigious honour to their racing resumes in 2013. They will get their first laps en route to the coveted title on Sunday, May 19th when drivers get the green flag at Scotia Speedworld for the Season Opener Lucas Oil 150.

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About Exide Batteries:
Exide Technologies has a rich history spanning more than 120 years in the battery business. Our strengths demonstrate Exide's position as a forerunner of industrial advancement around the world. With countless contributions to the growth of technology, our story reflects the spirit of innovation and resilience at its best.

Today, Exide serves the complex stored energy needs of customers around the world. We provide services and systems that enhance vehicle performance and fleet utilization as well as those that reduce risk of temporary interruptions of power supplies. Our global footprint melds together our two significant bases of experience in transportation and industrial markets and provides for better and faster means of introducing innovations in products and services. Exide is working to change the way the world uses and stores electrical energy. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is proudly powered by Exide Batteries.

About the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour:
The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour (PST) is the highest level of stock car racing in Canada. The Tour is recognized in the industry as one of the healthiest stock car racing series in North America. PST visits five tracks throughout the Maritimes during its May through September season. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is owned and operated by Maritime Pro Stock Tour Limited. For more information, call our administration office at 902.481.2531 or click . You can also follow us on Twitter at and like us on Facebook at