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Valvoline, Nova Services to partner with Shane Gray for 2016

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DENVER, N.C. (Jan. 29) — Valvoline will continue its partnership with Gray Motorsports and Pro Stock racer Shane Gray for the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

In addition, Gray Motorsports welcomes a new partner, Nova Services, for several races in 2016. The company specializes in serving the needs of the oil and gas industry and has been a major player in the oil field since 1989.

Valvoline is a business unit of Ashland Inc., a global leader in providing specialty chemical products, services, and solutions that meet customers’ needs throughout a variety of industries in more than 100 countries.

Valvoline has signed on for the entire year while Nova Services will sponsor Gray’s Chevrolet Camaro in at least four races, including the season opener in Pomona, Calif., Feb. 12-14.

“Everyone at Valvoline has been great and they’ve been an excellent partner for Gray Motorsports. We’re thrilled that they’re back for another season with us,” Gray said. “And adding Nova Services is special. My family has known Ken Bromley, the owner of Nova Services, for a long time, and we’re hoping to provide them with additional exposure that will help their business expand this year.

“Hat’s off to Sean Cain at Blackbeard, who did an awesome job with the paint scheme incorporating both of these wonderful companies. I can’t wait to race this great-looking car.”

Gray Motorsports was the first team to test under NHRA’s new rules, which mandate the use of fuel-injected engines with a rev limit of 10,500 rpm. Gray has more tests planned in advance of the season opener.

In addition to the support of Valvoline and Nova Services, Gray Motorsports maintains a strong relationship with other partners for the 2016 season: IDG Supply, Sunoco Race Fuels, Safety Kleen, Sparco, Bell Helmets, Kymco, Motec, Berger Chevrolet, and GM Parts Now.

About Valvoline: Valvoline, a brand of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), has been serving American motorists for 150 years. In addition to commercial and industrial lubricants, the Valvoline family of products includes Zerex antifreeze, SynPower performance products, and MaxLife products created for higher-mileage engines. With approximately 940 locations throughout the United States, Valvoline Instant Oil Change service centers are a leader in serving the quick-lube market. For more information, please visit

About Nova Services: Since 1989, Nova Mud Inc. has dedicated itself to superior service at an affordable and competitive cost. Nova is a growth-oriented family company focused on customer service, technology, innovation, and diversification. They are a prominent drilling fluids company capable of doing business anywhere in the continental United States with an executive staff averaging 30-plus years in the business. As Nova has grown, it hasn’t forgotten its core values, and they expect that same set of values to carry them in the future.

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Valvoline will sponsor Shane Gray the entire year and Nova Services will back Gray’s Chevrolet Camaro in at least four races, including the season opener in Pomona, Calif.