MOORESVILLE, NC (October 9, 2008) - Braun Racing and Dollar General Corporation are pleased to announce the driver line-up of the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry in 2009. The car will be shared by two drivers who are both familiar faces in the yellow and black Dollar General firesuit. Sprint Cup Series driver Brian Vickers will return to the seat of the No. 32 for 17 races in 2009. He will be sharing the ride with Burney Lamar who drove a Dollar General-sponsored car in the 2006 season.
Vickers, who currently drives for Red Bull Racing in the Sprint Cup Series, has driven the Braun Racing No. 32 entry in select races for the last two seasons. In 2003, which was his first year of full-time competition in the series, Vickers brought home the Nationwide Series Championship to become NASCAR's youngest-ever champion at age 20. In 90 career Nationwide Series starts, Vickers has captured three wins, three poles, 21 top-fives and 38 top-10 finishes with a total of 849 laps led.
Lamar, a native of Sacramento, Calif., started racing go-karts at age five. As a youngster, he earned 25 go-kart track championships in addition to nine International Karting Federation Regional championships. Since then, Lamar has found success in a number of different series including the USAC Western States Sprint Car Series and the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Series. By 2005, Lamar was recognized as an up and coming talent by a number of NASCAR's top teams. He was contracted by Kevin Harvick Inc. that year as a developmental driver and competed in a limited number of NASCAR Grand National Division West Series, Craftsman Truck Series and Nationwide Series races. In 2006, Lamar drove a partial Nationwide Series schedule with sponsorship from Dollar General. Since that time, Lamar has driven in select Nationwide Series races and has been involved in charity work for Victory Junction Gang Camp and Sound and Speed. He also served as a member of the Celebrity Cabinet for the American Red Cross.
"We're extremely proud to have Brian Vickers and Burney Lamar at the wheel of the Dollar General Toyota Camry for the 2009 season," said Dollar General's CEO Rick Dreiling. "Brian has been a true ambassador for Dollar General during the 2008 season and was quickly accepted as a member of the Dollar General family. We're also excited to reunite with Burney. He has been a true friend to Dollar General since our relationship in 2006, and we're happy that Braun Racing provided a seat for him in 2009."
"We are pleased to welcome back Brian Vickers for another season and excited about adding Burney Lamar to the Braun Racing family," said Braun Racing owner Todd Braun. "Brian has done a tremendous job for us over the last two years, helping to grow our program into one that is extremely successful. In addition, Burney is a driver that has shown enormous potential and we look forward to mentoring him and helping him reach that potential. We anticipate much success in 2009 with these two talented men driving the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry."
In the 2008 racing season, Dollar General was the primary sponsor of Braun Racing's No. 32 Camry in 13 races. The discount retailer captured its first win of the season in May at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Dollar General recently announced their sponsorship of Braun Racing's No. 32 entry for all 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series races in 2009.
About Dollar General
Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with more than 8,300 neighborhood stores. Dollar General helps shoppers Save Time. Save Money. Every Day.® by offering national branded items that are frequently used and replenished such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood stores. Dollar General is among the largest retailers of top-quality products made by America's most trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly- Clark, PepsiCo, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco and Fruit of the Loom.
About Braun Racing
Braun Racing is a leading team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and last year was handpicked by Toyota to help their entrance into the series. The team is credited with giving the manufacturer their first victory when Jason Leffler captured the win at O'Reilly Raceway Park last July. Founded by team owner Todd Braun in 2002, the team is in its sixth season of competition in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with drivers Jason Leffler in the No. 38 Great Clips Toyota and Brian Vickers, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin sharing time in the No. 32 Toyota sponsored by Dollar General, ABF Moving, Hass Avocados from Mexico and Beringer Vineyards. The Fraternal Order of Eagles serves as an associate sponsor on both entries.
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