HUNTERSVILLE, NC – NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Jamie McMurray is joining forces with Irwin Industrial Tools to conduct a nationwide search for America’s top tradesman. The Irwin Ultimate Tradesman Challenge was launched April 11 in Texas and will follow the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series schedule into 14 U.S. racing markets, plus several non-racing markets around the country.

Contestants can visit local retailers and industrial distributors to enter the contest. Each participant will be asked to measure, mark and drill a piece of wood as quickly and accurately as possible. Contestants with the 30 fastest times in the local market challenges will advance to regional events. Those winners will compete Nov. 11 in Phoenix for the title of "Ultimate Tradesman" and the opportunity to win $1.26 million.

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