All-Star: Jimmie Johnson preview

TEAM LOWE'S RACING SUPPORTS MILITARY MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES WITH LOWE'S USO FAMILY FUND Lowe's and the USO announced the creation of the Lowe's USO Family Fund, proceeds of which will support USO family programs that help deployed service ...

TEAM LOWE'S RACING SUPPORTS MILITARY MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES WITH LOWE'S USO FAMILY FUND

Lowe's and the USO announced the creation of the Lowe's USO Family Fund, proceeds of which will support USO family programs that help deployed service members and their families stay connected.

Donations for the Lowe's/USO Fund are currently being collecting by:
* Texting USO to 50555 for a $5 donation from now through May 31
* Visiting www.uso.org/lowes
* Calling 1-800-876-7469 and mentioning "Jimmie Johnson"

Lowe's and Team 48 driver Jimmie Johnson are hosting a special concert starring country music star Darius Rucker in support of the United Services Organization (USO) and the newly created Lowe's USO Family Fund. The concert will air on SPEED Channel at 7 p.m. on May 29 and will highlight ways to donate to the fund.

In addition, the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet will have a special patriotic paint scheme in recognition of Memorial Day that features donation information during the May 30 event.

Lowe's and its No. 48 team have a long history of supporting the military and honoring the country over the years. In 2001, Johnson's first Sprint Cup Series race came at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Lowe's Chevrolet, which was specially painted to honor the country.

In support of the Memorial Day holiday, Lowe's will offer a 10% discount to all active, reserve, honorably discharged, and retired military personnel and their immediate families. Lowe's also has a year-round 10% discount those with a military-issued photo ID.

RACE NOTES
Charlotte Motor Speedway -- All-Star Events

* In eight All-Star Race starts, Johnson has collected six top-five finishes, including two victories (2003, 2006). Chassis

* Primary chassis No. 580 was last driven by Johnson to a runner-up result at Texas Motor Speedway in April.

* Backup chassis No. 553 has been driven four times, three of which resulted in victories (Indy 7/09, California 10/09, California 2/10).

QUOTES

TALK ABOUT THE ALL STAR RACE: "I think there is a smile on everyone's faces, from the competitors to the fans to a great facility, great race track, we are all at home. They find different ways to make it more exciting each and every year and then obviously at the end, the paycheck for $1 million bucks to the winner motivates everybody and it is off the races. I am excited for it. I really look forward to the date each year and I enjoy the tags on television where it is counting down. It keeps it fresh in my mind of what is around the corner. I know that in our sport, we have a true All Star event and we really put on a great show and everybody is out there giving 100%."

YOU'VE WON THE ALL-STAR RACE A COUPLE TIMES. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANT TO YOUR CAREER, WHERE IT RANKS WITH SOME OF THE OTHER RACES? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE ATMOSPHERE AND HOW MUCH FUN DO YOU HAVE THERE? "To me the All-Star race is right there in the top three or four when you look at the Daytona 500, the Brickyard. If you look from a paper perspective, it's probably the second largest race to win. It leaves a feeling inside of you that you're so proud that you won our All-Star event with everything that's on the line with it; the purse-side of it also helps rank it some more. Those two wins that I have there are really, really special to me. I'd say top three or four."

-source: lowes/hm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson