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4/17/06 - Corey Conley Carolina Bound

2/19/06 - Corey Conley Promotes West Virginia In Florida

2/10/06 - Corey Conley Teams With State of West Virginia

2/3/06 - Corey Conley Commits To Lucas Oil LM Dirt Series

12/18/05 - Corey Conley Preps For 2006

 

 

 

 

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Corey Conley Carolina Bound

By Doc Lehman

Wellsburg, WV --- Corey Conley, off for Easter weekend with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, did some local racing over the weekend as he prepares to depart West Virginia on Thursday for a trip to Charlotte, NC for the Circle K Colossal 100 dirt Late Model extravaganza that will sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at the Dirt Track at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Conley will be competing in his Rocket Chassis #14 dirt Late Model sponsored by Denoon Lumber, Reese Homes, Rocket Chassis, Yale, Dave Poske Performance Parts, Bilstein Shocks, Ballato Auto Salvage and the West Virginia Motorsports Council.

Currently fourth in the rookie standings for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the 31 year old racer from the Ohio Valley area has entered all nine shows so far in 2006 making two trips to the A-Main starting grid for the main event. His best finish was an 11th place at Brownstown on April 1st.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour resumes it's 2006 tour on Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22 with the first mega event of the 2006 season in dirt late model racing as the Circle K Colossal 100 will be held at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The inaugural event will pay $50,000 to win and $2,000 start and features a $200,000 total purse.

We’ll be leaving Thursday afternoon for Lowe’s,” revealed Conley. “We’re going to be in front of lot of people and our sponsors will get a lot of exposure in front of that big crowd. They’re putting on a tremendous event. I know the last few races I’ve been at they’ve been advertising it. It will be a good deal for our sponsors.”

This past weekend found the popular driver at some old stomping grounds.

Midway, then Lowe’s “Not too good of a weekend, we went to a local track that we’ve run around at, we were off the Lucas series and a lot of my family and friends and fans wanted to go so we went to Midway Speedway,” explained Conley. “They do something I disagree with, they draw pills for starting position. We started dead last in the heat and run fourth. We started 12th in the feature and ran fifth. The car was good, it was my new Rocket that we ran in Florida. I was happy with the car but the track wasn’t too good.”

“My next couple Saturdays off from the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series we’ll probably be going to Tyler County and Pittsburgh.”

For more information on Corey Conley visit: www.coreyconley.com

-Prepared by Lehman Motorsports Services

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Corey Conley Promotes West Virginia In Florida

By Doc Lehman

Wellsburg, WV - February 19, 2006 - Race fans in Florida have been getting the word about something decidedly non-racing, the West Virginia Monarch Butterfly State Festival that will be held at Brooke Hills Park in West Virginia on September 10. And they are becoming aware of the festival through the efforts of dirt Late Model driver Corey Conley of Wellsburg, WV and his recent marketing agreement that aligns him with the West Virginia Motorsports Council Wild & Wonderful West Virginia tourism through motorsports program. Conley of Wellsburg is a current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year candidate.

Conley entered into a marketing arrangement with the State of West Virginia to market tourism in the state through his Corey Conley Racing team as the popular driver competes throughout the United States competing on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Conley’s new marketing and promotional arrangement was put together through the West Virginia Motorsports Council and the special marketing program will be known as the West Virginia Motorsports Council Wild & Wonderful West Virginia through Corey Conley Racing. Conley will utilize his dirt Late Model race car to promote and market various tourist attractions, festivals and other community-related endeavors like the West Virginia Monarch Butterfly State Festival.

Conley spent last week at East Bay Raceway Park racing with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. This week he is competing at East Bay Raceway Park driving a Modified racecar. With Conley’s Rocket Chassis #14 competing with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Conley was able to promote the current program and the West Virginia Monarch Butterfly State Festival all week long via his racecar as well as team members displaying banners and distributing brochures.

“We’ve had a very positive response to the new West Virginia Motorsports Council program and we’ve been able to have some fun making race fans aware of the West Virginia Monarch Butterfly State Festival while we’re down here in Florida,” stated Conley. “This all helps West Virginia with tourism and anything that helps West Virginia I’m all for. It’s a great state and we’re looking forward to having our show car at the festival. It’s pretty cool that it’s in my hometown of Wellsburg.”

“It’s all about auto racing, tourism and economic development,” added Ashley Ness of the West Virginia Motorsports Council. “Corey doing well, the state doing well and all the surrounding counties that have all their projects going on, like the Monarch Butterfly Festival which was one person making something happen and here we go, we’re promoting it and we have a car with the Monarch Butterfly Festival flying around speedways.”

Conley will use his racecar, website, interviews and other methods to promote the West Virginia Monarch Butterfly State Festival and the West Virginia Motorsports Council Wild & Wonderful West Virginia through Corey Conley Racing program.

“The West Virginia Monarch Butterfly State Festival provides fun activities for kids and adults alike to learn more about how they can support the nearly extinct butterfly,” commented Heather Tokas, Coordinator of the Monarch Butterfly State Festival. “The Monarchs lost millions in their population during unseasonable freezing temperatures in Mexico more than once in seven years. Moreover, in the United States and Canada they are annihilated with pesticides and herbicides. I have been raising and protecting Monarchs for 32 years and am thrilled to see so much more awareness being brought into schools and civic groups on how to save the Monarch.”

Tokas, a native of Brooke County, WV is the only butterfly breeder in the state of WV and has been a member of the WV Entomology Society, IBBA (International Butterfly Breeder's Association), Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce, local business owner of Butterflies from Heather and affiliate of the WV Department of Natural Resources. She has raised butterflies for 30 years and decided that the Monarch, which is the WV state butterfly, should have a day to call its own. In 2004 she single-handedly lobbied legislators to create WV Monarch Butterfly Day. It passed as a resolution and will be observed September 10 this year.

“My personal goals for this newly proposed program is to enjoy local people supporting each other and sharing a mutual respect for someone else's dream,” said Tokas. “Together the dreams can be realized. It has been my personal dream to bring awareness to the overlooked beauty that travels thousands of miles to migrate. It is our state butterfly, the Monarch. In March 2004 HR28 was passed by the legislators and it established September 12th as WV Monarch Day. In July of 2005 the WV Tourism Department and Butterflies from Heather established WV Monarch Butterfly State Festival to celebrate WV Monarch Day. This year the Festival will be held at Brooke Hills Park on September 10th.”

Tokas is excited about not only marketing the festival she oversees but also West Virginia tourism in general using motorsports as a marketing tool. “I am excited about the new program being proposed by the WV Motorsports Council and driver Corey Conley's participation to advertise the WV Monarch Butterfly State Festival,” stated Tokas. “He is a good representative of West Virginia and is also from my hometown area in Brooke County. I haven't had the opportunity to thank him in person yet for his willingness to promote this brand new State Festival.”

“It's a great opportunity for Corey as a racer to be in at least 18 national dirt Late Model racing events that will be broadcasted on national television. With him including the WV Monarch Butterfly State Festival on his car it brings more of West Virginia to the track than just racing. The opportunity to expand tourism in WV is inconceivable since Corey is promoting his state this way. This will be seen by an audience that may not have recognized it before. And that creates more support for what the West Virginia Motorsports Council does for the state.”

For additional information on the West Virginia Monarch Butterfly State Festival contact Tokas at: (304) 737-4411 or P.O. Box 246, Wellsburg, WV 26070. Email: btrflyfromh@aol.com Additional information can be found at: http://www.brookewv.org/monarch/index.html

“If I can do anything to help West Virginia then I’ll do it,” stated Conley. “This is a great chance to introduce motorsports to the mainstream and also hopefully attract racing fans to West Virginia to check out all there is to do and see there in addition to the racing we have. On the other side, this is a good opportunity for me to partner with the state and help promote my racing operation, sponsors and the sport of dirt Late Model racing. I’m in Florida now and we have banners and brochures distributed all over the track. Whatever I can do to help, I’m there.”

For more information on Corey Conley visit: www.CoreyConley.com For more information on the West Virginia Motorsports Council visit: www.wvmotorsportscouncil.com

-Prepared by Lehman Motorsports Services

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Corey Conley Teams With State of West Virginia
By Doc Lehman

Wellsburg, WV - February 10, 2006 - Corey Conley of Wellsburg, WV, a current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year candidate has just entered into a marketing arrangement with the State of West Virginia to market tourism in the state through his Corey Conley Racing team as the popular driver competes throughout the United States competing on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Conley’s new marketing and promotional arrangement was put together through the West Virginia Motorsports Council and the special marketing program will be known as the West Virginia Motorsports Council Wild & Wonderful West Virginia through Corey Conley Racing. Conley will utilize his dirt Late Model race car to promote and market various tourist attractions, festivals and other community-related endeavors.

“I think this a great opportunity for me and my team and the State of West Virginia,” stated Corey Conley who is currently competing with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, FL. “Anyone who knows me knows I bleed blue and gold. I played in my high school state football championship and until I got hurt I had planned to go to West Virginia and play as a Mountaineer. I have always loved the State of West Virginia, I have been to other cities and other states and I can’t wait to get back home.”

In the coming weeks ahead Conley will look into an all-new graphics package for his famed #14 Rocket Chassis dirt Late Model.

“West Virginia Motorsports Council Wild & Wonderful West Virginia through Corey Conley is a program to promote the state of West Virginia and with Corey’s knowledge and pride in the state of West Virginia and his hometown of Wellsburg he is promoting Wellsburg, his county he lives in, which is Brook and surrounding counties,” explained Ashley Ness of the West Virginia Motorsports Council. “And it’s just a project to prove that auto racing can market a product and Corey is out there to prove he is the man to market a product the way it should be marketed this year so he can potentially get a major sponsor on the side of the car and be able to continue to help us to sponsor other drivers and promote the state of West Virginia.”

“It’s all about auto racing, tourism and economic development. Corey doing well, the state doing well and all the surrounding counties that have all their projects going on, like the Monarch Butterfly Festival which was one person making something happen and here we go, we’re promoting it and we have a car with the Monarch Butterfly Festival flying around speedways.”

Others in the state are also excited about the new marketing venture including legislatures and lawmakers. “I am very excited with this new avenue we now have in West Virginia to advertise our great state of West Virginia and the many beautiful amenities in this state,” commented State Senator Jack Yost. “Wild Wonderful West Virginia has many of ‘God's Best Kept Secrets’ and we are now anxious to share these natural beauties with the rest of the world.”

“This program overwhelms me, the possibilities that motorsports can have on West Virginia Tourism. I also believe that West Virginia has a place at the table to expand on the motorsports industry. It is one of the fastest going sports in West Virginia. I appreciate all the coverage we can secure about our beautiful state and television is the most dynamic media I that can promote our tourism programs.”

“I am excited about the new program being proposed by the WV Motorsports Council and driver Corey Conley's participation to advertise the WV Monarch Butterfly State Festival,” stated Heather Tokas, Coordinator of the Monarch Butterfly State Festival. “He is a good representative of West Virginia and is also from my hometown area in Brooke County. I haven't had the opportunity to thank him in person yet for his willingness to promote this brand new State Festival.”

“It's a great opportunity for Corey as a racer to be in at least 18 national dirt Late Model racing events that will be broadcasted on national television. With him including the WV Monarch Butterfly State Festival on his car it brings more of WV to the track than just racing. The opportunity to expand tourism in WV is inconceivable since Corey is promoting his state this way. This will be seen by an audience that may not have recognized it before. And that creates more support for what the West Virginia Motorsports Council does for the state.”

Conley will appear numerous times on national television with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Senator Yost’s feelings are also shared among others. “The initial reaction from the senators I have been involved with, like Senator Yost has been real excited about it,” revealed Ness. “He is a avid tourism person and knows what it takes to make things happen. And when Corey stepped up to the plate people started getting excited about it. People who didn’t even know what a lugnut is are now just getting involved in Corey’s project. Every businessperson we talked to is 100% behind this project. Why wouldn’t you get excited about Corey Conley out promoting the state of West Virginia and your business and in turn Corey is getting promoted by these businesses also so it’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.”

Throughout the racing season Conley and/or his race car will be making various personal appearances to promote tourism and various community activities and additionally he will be carrying various logos and banners on his race car promoting various tourist destinations in the state and the concept has been readily welcomed. “I look forward to working with our West Virginia Division of Tourism and pardoning the assets that motorsports can bring to our state,” said Senator Yost. “I am very honored to have Corey Conley, a home town boy from Wellsburg, West Virginia, which is my home town, make a good future for himself and his family through the Motorsports industry.”

“The community is also proud of our son and wish him well.”

As for Corey Conley, who is fielding Rocket Chassis and engines from Performance Off Road and Hershey Racing Engines and carrying sponsorship from longtime supporters Denoon Lumber, Reese Homes, Rocket Chassis and Yale with new supporters Dave Poske Performance Parts, Bilstein Shocks, Lehman Motorsports Services and Ballato Auto Salvage, the new marketing arrangement through his home state is basically a no-brainer for the dedicated West Virginia native.

“If I can do anything to help West Virginia then I’ll do it,” proclaimed Conley. “This is a great chance to introduce motorsports to the mainstream and also hopefully attract racing fans to West Virginia to check out all there is to do and see there in addition to the racing we have. On the other side, this is a good opportunity for me to partner with the state and help promote my racing operation, sponsors and the sport of dirt Late Model racing. I’m in Florida now and we have banners and brochures distributed all over the track. Whatever I can do to help, I’m there.”

For more information on Corey Conley visit: www.CoreyConley.com For more information on the West Virginia Motorsports Council visit: www.wvmotorsportscouncil.com

-Prepared by Lehman Motorsports Services

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Corey Conley Commits To Lucas Oil LM Dirt Series

By Lehman Motorsports Services

Wellsburg, WV - February 3, 2006 - Popular West Virginia dirt Late Model driver Corey Conley of Wellsburg, WV has announced that he will be a contender for the 2006 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year title. Conley has committed to the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for 2006 in his first bid as a full time series follower. Conley will run the series in his winning #14 Rocket Chassis with sponsorship support from Denoon Lumber, Reese Homes, Yale, Dave Poske Performance Parts, Lehman Motorsports Services, Bilstein Shocks, Hoosier Racing Tire and Ballato Auto Salvage. Conley will utilize Hershey Racing Engines and Performance Off Road Engines.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will kick off the season on February 3rd at Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick GA and then head to East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton FL for the 30th Annual Winternationals February 6-11th. Conley will remain at East Bay for the following week's Open Wheel Modified Winternationals competing in the Gib Patt owned #707 AMRA Modified.

“I ran with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series a handful of times last year and every time I did they were really nice people to wok with, they treat you really fair,” stated Conley just a couple hours before he was scheduled to head south to Brunswick, GA. “I was just a local guy who hit a couple races with them here and there but they treated me just like I was one of their professionals who ran all their shows. I just think they are a pretty decent outfit and their purses are decent. I just feel they are going in the right direction.”

So with the season kickoff at Golden Isles and East Bay at hand, Conley is finally about to embark on a season he has been planning for a number of years. “I haven’t slept in a month in a half,” quipped Conley. “I’ve just been so wound up. I just can’t even sit still (laughs)!”

“My sponsors, they’re happy, they’re real happy we’re going to out and do TV races,” revealed Conley. “Lucas Oil has a bunch of television races, they’re pretty excited and they’re just happy to be part of a team from out of this area that is going to get out on the national scene.”

“TV is very important and the television thing is one thing you can throw out there and you can tell your sponsor and they can tell their customers, hey, turn on ESPN 2 and see our car and driver on there racing. I think that it’s a pretty good deal for anybody.”

Conley has also made some additions to his team in terms of sponsorship, including Hoosier Racing Tires, Bilstein Shocks and Dave Poske Performance Parts.

“I see them working hard all the time to get their product better and better,” explained Conley about his commitment to Hoosier Racing Tires. “I hear guys complain all the time about they’ve changed this and we don’t like it. But they are out there and again and again trying to make it better. I feel that Hoosier is better over the board in most areas and Hoosier is really working hard to get their tires better.”

“Dave Poske is trying to help me with my program and get into better equipment with out spending a lot of money. His advice and business sense means a lot to me and has been a big help with this big step going to the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.”

After his seven-night stint with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Conley will remain for another week at East Bay and compete in the Gib Patt-owned Modified, a car that Conley has had tremendous success in. “We’ve had the Modified down at East Bay for probably five years now and that’s just a fantastic time. That is a fun week for me. The week with the Late Model, that’s my own stuff and with us running the Lucas Oil deal it’s a lot more stress. With the Modified, I still work hard at it, but a lot of the mental stress isn’t there. With him paying the bills on the Modified and taking care of the car it frees my mind up.”

Conley hopes his commitment to the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will help elevate his racing program and profile and help in his search for additional sponsorship support. “That’s what we’re really hoping for,” said Conley. “The financial part isn’t really where I’d like it but my employer has freed me up to get out there and scheduling wise I can do it. Financially we need to run really good. I’m hoping that we can get out there and show people we can run top ten with these guys and maybe pull of the Rookie of the Year championship or something like that where someone will come along and help our program and get it to the level it needs to be.”

“I just thrive on competition, I always have.”

Conley’s dedicated and professional pit crew will be unable to make all the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events due to employment responsibilities and logistics. Conley’s crew will be on hand for the regional and local-based events and is made up of Ed Conley, Sr., Brad Horner, Jeremy Sadler, Uncle Frank, Jeff Dorance, Tim Minda and Chris Hart. Anyone interested in crewing with Conley at Lucas Oil Late Model Series events is encouraged to contact Conley via email at: coreyconley@yahoo.com or by telephone at: Daytime Cell Phone: 412-906-0077 or Evening Phone: 304-394-5066.

Fans of Corey Conley will be able to tune in via the internet during speedweeks and keep up-to-date on how Conley is doing down south. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series along with www.RaceTalkLive.com have announced that the first seven Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events of the 2006 racing season will be heard live via the internet starting on Friday Night, February 3.

"The Super Bowl of Racing II" at the Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, GA will kick off the '06 broadcasts starting at 7 pm on February 3 with Dustin Jarrett and Wayne Castleberry bringing all the action to you as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series gets set for what promises to be an exciting season of racing action.

Then starting on Monday Night, February 6 www.RaceTalkLive.com will bring to you six consecutive nights of the 30th Annual "Winternationals" for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at the famous East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL. Dustin Jarrett and Michael Despain will describe the action to you each and every night.

For more info on Corey Conley visit: www.coreyconley.com

-Prepared by Lehman Motorsports Services

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Corey Conley Preps For 2006

Wellsburg, WV - December 18, 2005 - Popular West Virginia dirt Late Model driver Corey Conley has spent the off-season preparing for the upcoming 2006 season that will see the winning driver take to the road next year in search of high-profile sanctioned and television races throughout the Midwest and east coast. A new racecar, an updated website, an aggressive marketing program and a new outlook on his program will see Conley up and down the interstates taking on some of the best in the business. Conley feels the time has come to climb another rung in the ladder of big time dirt Late Model racing.

“We’ll try to travel out a little more every weekend, more than we did this year,” confirmed Conley. “We’re going to run more sanctioned shows and bigger money shows. You can’t afford to race a local Friday or Saturday night show anymore. Most of your sanctions now are paying good enough money to start that you’d have to finish second or third to make that. It’s just getting ridiculous. Our local tracks are charging more and more and paying less.”

Conley hopes going on the road to sanctioned and big money events as well as television races will help increase awareness of his team and abilities. Conley hopes his marketing campaign will lead to bigger things.

“I certainly hope so,” stated Conley. “I believe going on the road will help us with exposure, it should and I believe it will. We’ve raced with the professionals a good bit the last three or four years and every time we run with them we run well so I think if we can just get out there and run with them more often we can get up front a little better and maybe win a few races out there.”

Conley is getting his arsenal ready for 2006. “We have a brand new 2006 Rocket Chassis and my back up car will be a 2004 Rocket Chassis,” revealed Conley. “We are in good shape car-wise we just need to get our motor program picked up a little bit.”

2005 was a season that saw him grab eight dirt Late Model feature wins along with six Modified victories.

“We had a real good year,” commented Conley. “Eight wins isn’t what we’re accustomed to, I’d like to win more than eight but we ran a lot more of the bigger shows instead of staying around home. I think four of those eight were 50 lap events which isn’t too bad.”

As of this point in time Conley will run an independent schedule in 2006 based on logistics but a run with a series isn’t out of the question. “We probably will stay independent but if we could pick up some help I’d like to get out on the road and follow something like the MACS series.”

Conley who is also a guest speaker for the D.A.R.E Drug Prevention team at local grade schools and a supporter of the Salvation Army in Wellsburg, WV, will continue to work with current and potential sponsors in preparation for 2006. 2006 sponsors will be announced soon.

For more information visit Conley’s updated website: www.coreyconley.com

-Prepared by Lehman Motorsports Services

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