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October 31, 2008 10:13 PM

Bobby Hamilton Jr. news and more...

"Its huge" said Jeff Gordon on his first ever poll at Texas. The poll winner at Texas gets a shotgun.  Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski both made their first race in cars they had to qualify in on time, but are starting way in the back of the field.  Joey though almost lost it on his second qualifying lap.

Brad said that he has a car that is better than what he qualified with.

Guitar Hero car got really tight said Byran Clauson who did not make the race. He hit the wall one each lap.

Bobby Hamilton Jr. is going to fork over around 380,000 bucks in order for the team to finish out the 2008 Nationwide Series Season.

Hendrick Motorsports says that Casey Mears is going to stay in the #5 car for the rest of the year.

The final rating for the Atlanta race is in and it was a 3.6.  That was down from the 4.0 rating the race got earlier.

Got some press releases for you:

THE HOME DEPOT AND NASCAR ANNOUNCE FINALISTS FOR SECOND ANNUAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Award Recognizes Outstanding Community Service by Individual within NASCAR Community

ATLANTA, OCT. 30, 2008- The Home Depot, the world's largest home improvement retailer and Official Home Improvement Warehouse of NASCAR, and The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) today announced the finalists for the second annual NASCAR Home Depot Humanitarian Award. The award is open to any member of the NASCAR community who has demonstrated a dedication to serving others and improving communities through significant service efforts.

The three finalists are: Artie Kempner, coordinating director of NASCAR for FOX Sports and founder of the Autism Society of Delaware; Ryan Newman, driver for Penske Racing, founder of Racing for Wildlife with The Conservation Fund and animal rights advocate; and Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing and founder of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma.

The recipient of the NASCAR Home Depot Humanitarian Award will be announced at the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards luncheon in New York City on Dec. 4, 2008. The award winner will receive a $100,000 donation made by The Home Depot to the recipient's charity of choice and a specially-designed crystal award. The other two finalists will each receive a $25,000 donation to their designated non-profit organization.

"The NASCAR Home Depot Humanitarian Award finalists embody volunteerism and dedication to serving others, values that are central to The Home Depot and NASCAR," said Frank Bifulco, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of The Home Depot. "The Home Depot is proud to identify and honor these everyday heroes and the valuable ways they serve their communities."

"We are proud to join with The Home Depot in recognizing three members of the NASCAR family for their significant service efforts in the community," said Marcus Jadotte, managing director of public affairs at NASCAR. "The NASCAR Home Depot Humanitarian Award acknowledges the meaningful contributions that individuals in NASCAR make off the track."

All active employees within the NASCAR industry - drivers, owners, team and track employees, licensees, media partners, and motorsports media - were eligible to receive the NASCAR Home Depot Humanitarian Award. Nominees were assessed based on their community commitment and dedication; impact on the community; and charitable giving of their time and talents. A blue-ribbon committee comprised of representatives from NASCAR, The Home Depot and motorsports media selected the three finalists.

The NASCAR Home Depot Humanitarian Award was established in 2007. The inaugural Humanitarian Award winner was Don Miller, a former Penske Racing executive. Miller started the Stock-for-Tots program as a holiday event to collect toys and raise funds for Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN).

ABOUT THE FINALISTS
Artie Kempner, coordinating director of NASCAR on FOX Sports, became an advocate of autism awareness in honor of his son Ethan who is autistic.

To spread the word about autism, Kempner founded the Autism Society of Delaware and played integral roles in Visa's decision to sponsor the "Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa" and in the creation of FOX Sports Supports, a network-wide charitable commitment which benefits Autism Speaks and other non-profit organizations. Kempner currently serves as chairperson of the annual "Drive for Autism Research" golf tournament which has raised more than $2.5 million for autism research since its inception.

Ryan Newman, driver of the #12 Penske Racing Alltel Dodge in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, founded Racing for Wildlife in 2007 to support conservation projects that create opportunities for families to experience the outdoors in protected spaces. Two conservation projects have been completed to date. Newman, an animal rights advocate, also serves as chairman of the Humane Society of Catawba County's capital campaign. The campaign raised $3 million and enabled the Society to build a no-kill animal shelter and clinic. Newman continues to support the campaign by donating 100 percent of the profits of his book, "Pit Road Pets."

Richard Childress, former NASCAR driver and president and CEO of Childress Racing, established the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in 2008. Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death for children in the United States, and the Childress Institute will focus on research, education, treatment, prevention and raising awareness of childhood injuries. Childress is currently working with a number of organizations and donors in an effort to raise additional support for the Institute.

THE HOME DEPOT
The Home Depot® is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,262 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China. In fiscal 2007, The Home Depot had sales of $77.3 billion and earnings from continuing operations of $4.2 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index.

NASCAR
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR), celebrating 60 years in 2008, is the sanctioning body for one of North America's premier sports. NASCAR is the No. 1 spectator sport - holding 17 of the top 20 highest attended sporting events in the U.S., and is the No. 2 rated regular-season sport on television. NASCAR races are broadcast in more than 150 countries and in more than 30 languages. NASCAR fans are the most brand loyal in all of sports, and as a result more Fortune 500 companies participate in NASCAR than any other sport.
 
NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series), four regional series, and one local grassroots series, as well as two international series. NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races at 100 tracks in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico. Based in Daytona Beach (Fla.), NASCAR has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Charlotte (N.C.), Concord (N.C.), Conover (N.C.), Bentonville (Ark.), Mexico City, and Toronto.


Wrangler® Auctions Raise Big Money for Children's Charity

Kids' Camp Receives 100 Percent of Winning Bids for Dale Jr. Ridealong and Autographed Memorabilia

 

Charlotte, N.C. (Oct. 30, 2008) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. has had a momentous first year behind the wheel of the #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, and a fortunate fan won the chance to come along for part of the ride.  The Wrangler® brand - in cooperation with the NASCAR superstar - auctioned off the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride shotgun next to the sport's most popular driver and today presented a check for $17,475 to the Victory Junction Gang (VJG) Camp, an organization dedicated to helping improve the lives of deserving children.

 

The Wrangler® brand launched the eBay auctions Sept. 23, offering up for grabs the rare chance to ride alongside Dale Jr. for three thrill-seeking laps around Lowe's Motor Speedway. The iconic denim brand also hosted two additional auctions of Dale Jr. memorabilia, including a pair of Wrangler® jeans worn and signed by the NASCAR legend, as well as an autographed door panel from the car he drove at this year's Auto Club 500 at California Speedway where he skidded against Casey Mears' car. 

 

Wrangler® pledged 100 percent of the winning bids to the VJG Camp - a medically-sound NASCAR-themed camp for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.  The camp operates solely on the generous donations of others to provide camping experiences to chronically ill children at no cost to their families.

 

"I'm honored to play a role in helping improve the lives of these kids," said Dale Earnhardt Jr. "Working with Wrangler for more than five years has given me the opportunity to do a great deal of work for charity. I'm proud that these auctions raised so much money for an organization that brings happiness to children who need it most."

 

When the auctions closed Oct. 3, Thomas Mendiburu from New Jersey had won the ride-of-a-lifetime with Dale Jr. for three warp-speed laps around Lowe's Motor Speedway with a winning bid of more than $15,000!  Wrangler® flew the generous high bidder to Charlotte for two days of unforgettable NASCAR experiences.  Not only did he strap in for the 170-mph ride with Dale Jr. - Wrangler® also gave Mendiburu a glimpse of life in the driver's seat when experts from the Richard Petty Driving Experience taught him to drive a racecar before letting him cruise around the track once again...this time as the driver! 

 

"We are proud of our partnership with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and are grateful for the generosity he and the other winning bidders have shown in support of the Victory Junction Gang Camp," said Craig Errington, vice president of Wrangler® marketing.  "All of us at Wrangler take pride in working for an all-American family-oriented brand and we truly value the opportunity to support an organization that does so much for children and their families."

 

Since 2005, the Wrangler® brand has helped raise more than $175,000 for charity by working in cooperation with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and corporate partners to auction similar ridealong experiences.  The brand has a long-standing relationship with the Earnhardt family that dates back to the 1980's when Dale Earnhardt drove the legendary blue and yellow "Wrangler Jeans Machine."  Today, the brand is the longest-running sponsor of Dale Jr. and is proud to be the official jean of Dale Jr., the No. 88 race team and the entire Hendrick Motorsports family.

About Victory Junction Gang Camp
Victory Junction Gang Camp is a year-round camping environment for children, ages 7 to 15, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam and located in Randleman, N.C., the Camp offers programs for 24 disease groups and maintains strong relationships with 22 partner hospitals. Victory Junction's mission is to provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment. As a non-for-profit organization, Victory Junction operates solely through the support of generous donors to provide this experience free of charge to children and families. For more information, visit www.victoryjunction.org.

About the Wrangler® brand

Based on more than 60 years of heritage in making authentic denim jeans, the iconic Wrangler® brand is long respected for comfortable, durable and affordable jeans, pants, shorts and shirts.  The Wrangler Jeans Co. ® and Wrangler Hero® Five Star Premium Denim lines are available at value-minded retailers nationwide and retail for less than $20.  For more information regarding the Wrangler® family of authentic clothing or to locate a retailer, visit www.wrangler.com or call 1.888.784.8571.

 

Wrangler® is a division of VF Jeanswear Limited Partnership, which is an affiliate of VF Corporation. Through its many affiliates, VF Corporation is a leader in branded lifestyle apparel including brands such as Lee®, Riders®, The North Face®, Vans®, Reef®, Napapijri®, Kipling®, Nautica®, 7 For All Mankind®, John Varvatos®, JanSport®, lucy®, Eastpak®, Eagle Creek®, Majestic® and Red Kap®.  VF Corporation's press releases, annual report and other information can be accessed through the Company's home page, www.vfc.com.


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