Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Thursday Notes
The Taste Of Victory
            NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer, a recent addition to the Coca-Cola Racing Family, announced the “Taste of Victory” program; a promotion that could put a free Coke Zero in the hands of a quarter of a billion Americans.
            If a member of the Coca-Cola Racing Family wins Saturday night’s 50th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, everyone in America, ages 13 and up, will be able to log onto between July 5 and July 13 and download a coupon for a free 20 oz. Coke Zero or Coca-Cola Classic.
            “It’s all about winning,” Bowyer said. “Winning the inaugural Coke Zero 400 would be huge and it’s something different for me. I’m always racing for myself and Richard Childress and this time I get a chance to race for Coca-Cola fans.”
            Coca-Cola, who has been affiliated with NASCAR since 1998, has 13 drivers who will be eligible for the promotion – Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, Elliott Sadler, Jamie McMurray, Bobby Labonte, Micahel Waltrip, Clint Bowyer, David Ragan and Terry Labonte (who is sitting in for Kyle Petty).
            There are approximately 250 million Americans who would be eligible to receive a free Coke Zero. If all of them printed and redeemed their coupon and put the bottles end to end, they would span from New York to Los Angeles, there and back, six times. They could also circle the 2.5-mile tri-oval of Daytona International Speedway approximately 14,200 times.
            “Taste of Victory” is just the latest promotion by Coca-Cola who kicked off the first year of a 10-year contract with International Speedway Corporation with the 2008 Daytona 500. Earlier this year, fans were able to vote online for their favorite logo for Saturday’s race, which will mark 10 years of driving under the lights at the World Center of Racing.
Stewart paint scheme announcement
            Tony Stewart, Joe Gibbs Racing and Old Spice announced a special paint scheme that will be run on Stewart’s No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Home Depot Toyota at Michigan International Speedway later this season. The paint scheme will commemorate a $100,000 donation to Give Kids The World, a non-profit resort based out of Kissimmee, Fla. for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
            The organizations began their relationship with Give Kids The World after Taylor Gibbs, the son of Joe Gibbs Racing team president, J.D.Gibbs, was diagnosed with leukemia in January of 2007 at the age of two.
            A contest to design the paint scheme for Stewart’s car was open to current and former Wish Children of Give Kids the World. The winner, Emily Marsala, had her design chosen from over 150 designs.
           “The car will give me some good camouflage during the race,” Stewart said. “With a purple, blue, yellow and red race car that has a bunny rabbit on the hood, no one will know that it's me getting ready to pass them.”
Moss Forms NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team
            Randy Moss, All Pro wide receiver for the New England Patriots, announced his partnership with NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series owner David Dollar. Beginning July 19 at Kentucky Speedway, the team will run as Randy Moss Motorsports.
            “I’m excited,” Moss said. “It’s really a dream come true. For the last five or six years I’ve been really interested in joining NASCAR but really didn’t know what steps to take. Now that I finally took those steps and teamed up with a great team, all we can do is wait and see what happens at the end of the season.”

Brumos Porsche 250 Qualifying
           Mark Wilkins, driver of the AIM Autosport Daytona Prototype, captured the overall pole for Thursday night’s Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona, the first pole of his career. Jon Fogarty, who was a runner-up in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in February, will start alongside of Wilkins on the outside pole.

Rain showers wash out practice
          Rain showers washed out the second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session and the second NASCAR Nationwide Series practice session.
          Clint Bowyer, the current NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader, was the fastest in the first practice session with a speed of 184.691 mph. Rounding out the top five were David Stremme, Jason Leffler, Kasey Kahne and Carl Edwards.
          Kurt Busch, in the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge, was fastest in the Sprint Cup Series session with a speed of 189.633 mph. But Busch made contact with the outside wall exiting Turn 2 and will be forced to use a back-up car in Saturday's Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.
          Rounding out the top five were Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, David Ragan and Jeff Burton.


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