Fastenal Company has partnered with JR Motorsports to become a sponsor of the team's No. 5 entry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.¬ The newly-formed partnership will continue Fastenal's presence in the Nationwide Series for the second straight year, while putting JR Motorsports co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. behind the wheel of the No. 5 Fastenal Chevrolet for select Nationwide Series races. Fastenal, North America's largest fastener distributor and one of the world's leading full-line industrial suppliers, will be the primary sponsor of the No. 5 Chevrolets for 14 of the No. 5 team's 21 races in 2009.¬ The partnership will kick off at Texas Motor Speedway on April 4 with Earnhardt Jr. behind the wheel.¬ He will make one other start in the No. 5 Fastenal Chevrolet, at Daytona International Speedway in July. Fastenal joins Unilever (four races), GoDaddy.com (two races), and Delphi (one race) as primary sponsors of the No. 5 team in 2009. "Everyone here at Fastenal is thrilled to be working with Dale Jr. and JR Motorsports to help continue the success of the No. 5 team," said Fastenal President and CEO Will Oberton.¬ "We're looking forward to a great year on the track, and an opportunity to associate the Fastenal brand with one of the most popular drivers in the history of motorsports." Additional drivers and races for the No. 5 team will be announced at a later date.¬ The No. 5 team earned two victories last year, with Mark Martin winning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 1, and Ron Fellows winning at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Aug. 2. "We've worked really hard putting a program together that will keep this No. 5 car on the track, and we are extremely pleased to bring Fastenal into the JR Motorsports fold for 2009," said Earnhardt Jr., winner of 22 races and two championships in the Nationwide Series.¬ "This team was a two- time winner last season, and I feel all the pieces are in place to keep that momentum going."