Ergon, Inc. To Sponsor Billy Ballew Motorsports, Mitchell in 2008

Mitchell to Compete for Rookie of Year Honors

Jackson, MS - Continuing a solid foundation built last season, Ergon, Inc. will raise their level of awareness in motorsports in 2008. Maintaining their partnership with the young and impressive Marc Mitchell, Ergon Inc. has formed a relationship with Billy Ballew Motorsports to sponsor Mitchell in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Billy Ballew Motorsports will enter the #15 Ergon Chevrolet Silverado for Marc Mitchell in 21 events this season beginning at the Chevy Silverado HD 250 at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Billy Ballew Motorsports also fields the #51 NASCAR Craftsman Truck which is driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup veterans Kyle Busch and David Stremme.

Ergon, Inc., a diverse brand with over 60 companies under their umbrella, continues their relationship with Mitchell that included 11 ARCA events in 2007 highlighted by a second place finish at the ARCA season kick-off at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

“We were impressed by Marc’s ability last season, both behind the wheel and as a representative of our company,” said Vice President for Ergon, Inc. Baxter Burns. “We are thrilled to be partnered with Billy Ballew this season as well. He has proved himself a winning owner and a dedicated individual to make this program a success.”

Billy Ballew Motorsports has won events in three of the last four seasons with various notable drivers behind the wheel. Kyle Busch, Jeremy Mayfield, Mike Wallace and Geoffrey Bodine are some of the distinguished names that have driven for Billy Ballew Motorsports. Mitchell hopes to maintain that level of competition and bring more education to race fans of Ergon, Inc, their divisions, products and services.

“The employees of Ergon and Billy Ballew and his staff have been amazing,” said Mitchell. “They have given me all the necessary tools to be successful.” Billy Ballew has a reputation in this series that speaks for itself. “I’m ready to work hard and make this a winning program for everyone involved.”

Mitchell will also be competing for Raybestos Rookie of The Year honors. The 21-race schedule for the #15 Ergon Chevrolet will include every race on the schedule excluding both Martinsville events, Dover and New Hampshire. Mitchell will make his debut with the team this week testing at the 1.54-mile Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway.

About Ergon, Inc.
Ergon, Inc. is privately held, and operates under six primary business segments: Refining & Marketing, Asphalt & Emulsions, Transportation & Terminaling, Oil and Gas, Embedded Computing and Real Estate. Ergon owns and operates three petroleum refineries located in Mississippi, Arkansas and West Virginia, producing gasoline, low sulfur diesel, lubricant and process base oils, asphalts and other specialty products.