Prelude to the Dream Dirt Late Model will Serve as a Tribute to Father's Day at Eldora Speedway

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 4, 2010) Lowe's and Jimmie Johnson announced that the dirt Late Model stock car driven by Johnson in the Prelude to the Dream on June 9 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, will serve as a tribute to dads in the weeks leading up to Father's Day. Johnson will drive the No. 48 Lowe's/Powered By Dads Chevrolet in the all-star dirt Late Model race, and it will feature the names of 480 lucky dads, including Johnson's father, Gary.

"Tony has really done a great job with this race and it's for a good cause so how could you not want to be a part of it," said Johnson, four-time, reigning Sprint Cup champion. "I really like what we did with the car in honor of Father's Day. I know there were a lot of neat stories that went with most of the nominations. I've really enjoyed being a part of the event the last few years and am hoping we can improve on our top-10 finish last year. I don't know if the fact that we're 'powered by dad' will help, but I sure know it can't hurt."

A complete list of the 480 dads' names featured on the car will be available for viewing on Friday, June 4 by visiting Lowe's page on Facebook and Lowesracing.com. In addition, an interactive photo of the car with search capabilities will allow people to find their dad's name on Johnson's car at lowesracing.com.

This will mark the third consecutive year that Johnson has participated in the race and in a car fielded by fellow Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer. In 2009 Johnson won his heat race and went on to finish 10th in the event. He finished eighth in 2008.

Net proceeds from this year's HBO Pay-Per-View® event will benefit four children's hospitals:

* Cincinnati Children's Hospital

* Levine Children's Hospital

* Riley Hospital for Children

* St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

To Order the Prelude to the Dream

The live, commercial-free broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. EDT (4 p.m. PDT) with an immediate replay. HBO Pay-Per-View's racing telecast has a suggested retail price of $24.95 and is available to more than 71 million pay-per-view homes. HBO Pay-Per-View is the leading supplier of event programming in the pay-per-view industry. Ordering information and up-to-the minute racing information is available at either www.PreludeToTheDream.org or www.HBO.com.

-source: lowe's