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Concord, NC (April 7, 2005) - The No. 99 Scotts team will kick off National Garden Month next week when the green-and-white Scotts/Miracle-Gro paint scheme returns to the Ford of Carl Edwards. Edwards is one of NASCAR's newest superstars. In just 17 starts, Edwards has already racked up a NEXTEL Cup Series win and has two top-five finishes in just four starts in 2005. Edwards currently sits third in the overall NEXTEL Cup point standings and is currently leading the Busch Series point standings. In honor of National Garden Month, the No. 99 Scotts/Miracle-Gro Ford will carry a special decal on the TV panel (on the back of the car) with the "Give a Garden? - Add Beauty to Life" logo throughout the month of April. "Give a Garden - Add Beauty to Life" is this year's theme and has one simple premise - someone in your community can benefit by receiving a "garden".
"This is a great opportunity for people to give back to their community while at the same time having fun," said Edwards. "To celebrate, people can do anything from giving a pot of flowers to their neighbors to planting a garden at a local school or community garden. I hope all our NASCAR fans will find the time to plant something before they tune in to watch the Scotts/Miracle-Gro team race on Sundays in April."
With Martinsville, Texas, and Phoenix ahead, Edwards knows the importance of having good solid runs to stay in contention for the "Chase." Although solid runs are the goal, the No. 99 Scotts/Miracle-Gro team would love to celebrate National Garden Month their own way, with another win in the No. 99 Scotts/Miracle-Gro Ford. "We have some
tough tracks coming up in April," says Edwards. "We start at Bristol and Martinsville, which are always tough, but if we can come out of those two tracks with a solid finish, I think we'll be in pretty good shape. We are looking towards the next few races as an opportunity to really plant ourselves in the top 10 in points and be there at the end of 26 races. We've won one race and certainly we'd love to win more, and that's the plan. I would love to top off National Garden Month with a win."
National Garden Month, an annual National Gardening Association (NGA) program, is a call to action that encourages everyone to get out and plant to help beautify our backyards and communities. The opportunities for making a difference through gardening are limited only by your imagination. For more ways to help celebrate National Garden Month log onto www.nationalgardenmonth.org.
Dedicated to a Beautiful World: The Scotts Company, with sales of more than $2 billion, is the world's leading supplier of consumer products for lawn and garden care, with a full range of products for professional horticulture as well. The Company owns the industry's most recognized brands. In the U.S., the Company's Scotts?, Miracle-Gro? and Ortho? brands are market leading in their categories, as is the consumer Roundup? brand, which is marketed in North America and most of Europe exclusively by Scotts and owned by Monsanto. The Company also owns Smith & Hawken, a leading brand of garden-inspired products that include pottery, watering equipment, gardening tools, outdoor furniture and live goods. In the U.K., Scotts' brands include Weedol? and Pathclear?, the top-selling consumer herbicides; Evergreen?, the leading lawn fertilizer line; the Levington? line of lawn and garden products; and Miracle-Gro?. The Company also owns and operates Scotts LawnService?, a leading provider of professional lawn service in the United States.
National Gardening Association
The National Gardening Association (NGA), founded in 1973, is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education. Our mission is to promote gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection among people, plants, and the environment. To fulfill this mission, we offer publications and programs focused on five core areas: education, health and wellness, environmental stewardship, community development, and home gardening. For more information, visit www.garden.org.
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Michigan, based Roush Industries that operates ten motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards; three in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards; and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Ricky Craven and Todd Kluever.