CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Windstream Corporation (NYSE: WIN), a phone, broadband and digital TV provider, will kick off the inaugural NHRA event at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., by partnering with Speedway Children Charities and donating $20,000 through its Green Truck Tour to BRAKES, which stands for Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe, a nonprofit organization that was founded early this year by Charlotte area resident and NHRA Top Fuel drag racer Doug Herbert after his two sons tragically passed away in an automobile accident.

"I'm excited to partner with Windstream and appreciate their generous donation and support to BRAKES especially since it's coming during the week when the community is focused on the inaugural drag race here in Concord," said Herbert, driver of the Snaponfranchise.com NHRA Top Fuel dragster. "The donation will definitely make a difference in the lives of area youth."

BRAKES, which strives to save lives through raising awareness of young drivers by conducting defensive driving programs and rewarding young drivers that have safe driving records, is a natural fit with Windstream's Green Truck Tour which was created to spread goodwill and deliver safety messages in the communities Windstream serves.

"We use the tour as an opportunity to provide local community organizations with gifts designed to meet their specific needs - and the majority of those revolve around safety," said Ron Proleika, vice president of marketing communications for Windstream. "We have a lot of respect for Doug Herbert and the work he's done with launching BRAKES and are happy to partner with Doug and BRAKES to keep our youth safe."

The Green Truck is a refurbished 1953 vintage pickup truck that depicts Windstream's rural and suburban heritage on the outside and its commitment to future innovation on the inside, as illustrated by the revved up interior. The flames on the truck represent Windstream's new blazing fast broadband speed- up to 12 Mb and faster than cable in many markets.

Between the four 1953 refurbished vintage trucks in the Windstream Green Truck Tour fleet, the tour will travel a combined total of more than 50,000 miles from New Mexico to North Carolina to New York and many states in between. The tour, which is designed to promote Windstream's phone, broadband and digital TV products and services, runs through mid-October with more than 90 stops in 14 states and will donate more than $200,000 to deserving local organizations, double the amount donated in 2007.

"This is one of the neighborly ways Windstream is getting involved locally. It's about helping one another and connecting with the communities we serve," Proleika said

 About Windstream

Windstream Corporation is an S&P 500 company that provides digital phone, high-speed Internet and high-definition video and entertainment services to residential and business customers in 16 states. The company has approximately 3.1 million access lines and about $3.2 billion in annual revenues. For more information, visit www.windstream.com.

About BRAKES

BRAKES, which stands for Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe, is a nonprofit organization founded by NHRA Top Fuel drag racer Doug Herbert in memory of his two sons who were killed in a car accident. By training and educating teenage drivers and their parents, the foundation aims to promote safe driving in an attempt to prevent injuries and save lives. For more information, visit www.putonthebrakes.com.

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Media Alice Hartnett Andy Burch
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