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Paul Menard will bring sponsorship to Yates Racing

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Paul Menard, the NASCAR-racing son of Menards owner John Menard Jr., will join the Yates Racing team starting next year, according to a statement from the organization.

Menard will depart his current spot at Dale Earnhardt Inc. to join the Yates Racing team, home of other well-known drivers including Travis Kvapil and David Gilliland.

The primary sponsor of Menard’s car is, of course, the retailer Menards. Paul Menard will bring the sponsorship with him to Yates Racing.

“This is a great opportunity, and I’m glad to be joining the Yates Racing organization next season,” Paul Menard said in a statement. “I’m excited to be a part of their future and excited to work with Travis and David.” Menard currently is 28th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship standings.

Menards has been a longtime supporter and sponsor of racing, and John Menard himself has been a vocal fan of the sport, in NASCAR and in other racing series. Other drivers with Menards racing are Matt Crafton, who drives in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series; Robby Gordon, driver for Robby Gordon Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series; and Ed Carpenter of VISION Racing, with the Indy Racing League.

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Arthur Blank named chairman of Golf & Tennis Pro Shop

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Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank has been named chairman of the board for Golf & Tennis Pro Shop, owner and operator of PGA Tour Superstores. The move also marked Blank’s debut on the company’s board of directors.

Blank replaces Golf & Tennis Pro Shop founder Bill Hamlin, who is retiring, according to a statement from the company.

Blank is described as having been a “significant investor” in the company since 2006. He also serves as CEO of the Atlanta Falcons.

“I am honored to be leading the board of this exciting retail concept,” Blank said in a statement. “PGA Tour Superstore has real potential to further solidify its leadership position in the golf and tennis retail segments, by continuing to enhance its business model and through future store growth. I, along with our other board members, look forward to guiding the company in both these areas.”

The company was founded in 2004 and has since grown to 10 superstores nationwide.

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Vermilion Hardware to close after almost 150 years

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After nearly 150 years — 62 in the same family — Vermilion Hardware in Vermilion, Ohio, will be closing its doors before the end of the year, according to the Chronicle-Telegram newspaper.

The store, purchased by Henry and Edna Bailey in 1946, is now being run by their granddaughter, president Denise Fahrney, 34, as well as Fahrney’s father and sister. It is the oldest business in Vermilion.

Andy Grote, one of 10 store employees, said the store will probably close by mid-November.

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