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New ActionMcFarlane Series Features Something for all Race Fans
June 17, 2005
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The NASCAR action on the track is hot and heavy and the action figure department isn't far behind. ActionMcFarlane has announced the lineup for its sixth series of driver figures. Strap in tight, fans, this one's a doozy ...

NEIL BONNETT, 1977 First Win. In 1977, Neil Bonnett was working through his fourth year running a partial schedule on NASCAR's Cup Series circuit. During the latter part of the season he began driving the No. 5 Dodge for owner Jim Stacey. Stacey would later provide an interim racecar for Bonnett's close friend, Dale Earnhardt, to drive during the 1981 season. On Sept. 11, 1977, at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway, Bonnett brought home the first win for Stacey's team and the first victory of his own NASCAR Cup Series career. In November of that same year, he picked up a second win for the team at Ontario Motor Speedway. Overall, Bonnett ended the 1977 NASCAR Cup Series season with two wins, six poles, five top-five and nine top-10 finishes.

RUSTY WALLACE, Last Call Season. In late 2004, Rusty Wallace announced that the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race season would be his last season driving full time on the elite stock car racing series. Wallace is ending his career with Penske Racing South behind the wheel of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger, the car number and sponsor that have been inextricably linked to him for the past 14 seasons. During his announcement, Wallace also unveiled the official "Rusty's Last Call" logo. The logo will appear throughout the 2005 season as a salute to the champion driver and a nod to his remarkable career.

JEFF GORDON, Fourth Brickyard Win. Nearly 10 years to the day after he won the inaugural Brickyard 400 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jeff Gordon made a return trip to victory lane when the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series made its initial visit to the storied racetrack on Aug. 8, 2004. Despite a record 13 race cautions, Gordon led a race-high 124 laps. Even two late restarts, the last of which set up the first green-white-checkered overtime finish of the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season, could not keep Gordon and the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet out of victory lane. The win marked Gordon's fourth Brickyard 400 victory, his fifth win of the 2004 season and his 69th NASCAR Cup Series career win overall. Most notably, the win put Gordon, the only NASCAR driver to earn four victories at the Brickyard, in the company of open-wheel legends A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears and Al Unser, who have each posted four wins at the 2.5-mile oval.

DALE EARNHARDT JR., 2005 OREO/RITZ Chevrolet. In keeping with their winning partnership that began with the season-opening NASCAR Busch Series race at Daytona International Speedway in 2002, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Nabisco brands continued their ongoing Daytona tradition by showcasing another No. 81 OREO/RITZ Chevrolet Monte Carlo in 2005. This year, the No. 81 car featured a bright red with yellow paint scheme and featured the Nabisco brands OREO and RITZ prominently on the hood. Dale Jr. piloted the 2005-edition No. 81 OREO/RITZ Chevrolet to a third-place finish in the NASCAR Busch Series season opener on Feb. 19.

JIMMIE JOHNSON, 2005 Lowe's. In his third year piloting the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, Jimmie Johnson continued his meteoric rise in the NASCAR Cup Series by adding another runner-up finish in the 2004 season's championship standings to his racing repertoire. After only three full seasons on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit, Johnson accumulated 14 career wins. He led all contenders in 2004, netting eight victories with three straight wins at Charlotte, Martinsville and Atlanta. Johnson ended the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season with eight wins, one pole, 20 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes. In 2005, Johnson hopes to secure another spot in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup on his way to a first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series championship.

BILL ELLIOTT, 2002 Brickyard Win. On Aug. 4, 2002, NASCAR fans were treated to a flash of bold red all over the winner's circle as Bill Elliott and his No. 9 Dodge dominated the Brickyard 400. After leading 93 laps, Elliott battled back to the lead in the race's closing stages. Once in front, the big red machine was unstoppable, giving Elliott his first-ever victory at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway and his 43rd NASCAR Cup Series career win overall. The Brickyard 400 victory was Elliott's third win for the Evernham Motorsports team and came only a week after he captured his 42nd career victory at Pocono Raceway. The wins also marked Elliott's first back-to-back victories since 1992.

ADAM PETTY, 2000 Sprint. In 2000, 19-year-old Adam Petty was just entering his second full season of racing on the NASCAR Busch Series, driving the No. 45 Sprint Chevrolet for his family-owned team, Petty Enterprises. Petty would compete in 11 NASCAR Busch Series races that season, posting his best finishes at Las Vegas, Darlington, Talladega and Richmond. Petty also ran the No. 45 Sprint Chevrolet in one NASCAR Cup Series event at Texas Motor Speedway on April 2, 2000. This ActionMcFarlane collectible captures a moment of Adam Petty's all-too-brief career as he poses in his official Sprint team firesuit.

Look for these figures to hit shelves in October.

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