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LAKEVILLE, IN (April 18) -- Dennis Sherman, vice president of marketing at Hoosier Racing Tire Corp., announced today that Knoxville-area businessman Charlie Roberts has purchased the Hoosier Tire South Oval Dirt distributorship.

Roberts took over the business on March 1, purchasing it from longtime distributor Doug Sopha and is serving as president. David Miller is serving as vice president of the company.

"We are very pleased to welcome Charlie and David into the Hoosier Tire family,'' Sherman said. "We believe the increase in staff, along with the knowledge of racing and the tire business, will be beneficial to everyone.''

Roberts is a former owner of a large, off-the-road tire dealership, with his main office located outside Knoxville. He sold the business in 1995 and approached Sopha at that time about buying into his business. They began talking three years later and finally finished the deal in February.

Miller, 29, worked construction in the Barborville, Ky. area. In addition, Jimmy (Pup) Thomas, who has been with Hoosier Tire South for a number of years, will remain at the business.

"I have always loved racing and I have been following the Hav-A-Tampa series for the last eight years,'' Roberts said. "I haven't been that involved in NASCAR or asphalt racing, but I have traveled a lot to watch Hav-A-Tampa from Missouri to Oklahoma or wherever they are running.''

Roberts is also happy to be a part of Hoosier's strong distributor network.

"The folks at Hoosier have been tremendous to work with,'' Roberts said. "There hasn't been a single thing that I have asked for that (Hoosier President) Bob Newton hasn't given me. I have been very pleased with that part of it.''


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