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Tony Stewart To Wheel No. 47 Chevrolet All Star Silverado at Lowe's Motor Speedway Quaker Steak & Lube Signs on as Associate Sponsor of Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Entry with Country Music Superstar Group Diamond Rio Statesville, NC - Tony...

Tony Stewart To Wheel No. 47 Chevrolet All Star Silverado at Lowe's Motor Speedway

Quaker Steak & Lube Signs on as Associate Sponsor of Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Entry with Country Music Superstar Group Diamond Rio

Statesville, NC - Tony Stewart will make his second appearance behind the wheel of the No. 47 Chevrolet All Star Silverado at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The May 20, 2005 event will be the 2002 NASCAR Cup champion's fifth entry in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event.

Stewart drove the Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Silverado to a third place finish at Richmond in September 2004.

In four previous NCTS starts, the Indiana native has never finished out of the top-10 including two wins at Richmond. His first start was in 1996 at his home track, Indianapolis Raceway Park where he finish in 10th place.

"I had a blast at Richmond," Stewart said. "The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is so much fun. The level of competition here just gets better ever year and level of the talent of the drivers keeps going up each year which makes it fun to race with these guys. I have been looking forward to coming back and doing it again this year. It is a lot of fun to come race a truck but these guys don't make it easy for you, that is for sure.

"I want to thank Morgan-Dollar Motorsports for having me as a part of this All Star program again this season. The Chevy Silverado they gave me in Richmond was just awesome. For Randy Goss and the guys to work with a driver they have never worked with before and give me the awesome truck I had there is very impressive."

Stewart has an impressive record at Lowe's Motor Speedway scoring one victory, six top-five finishes and nine top-10 runs in his 12 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career starts at the Concord, NC, speedway.

Event sponsor, Quaker Steak & Lube, has signed on as an associate sponsor for the Silverado All Star Chevrolet with Stewart. Quaker Steak & Lube began its tie-in with the Lowe's Motor Speedway when their Concord, NC, location opened in May of 2004. Quaker Steak & Lube has 13 locations in six states: PA, OH, FL, TN, WI and NC with seven new units expected to open this year.

In 1974, the original Quaker Steak & Lube opened in a converted gas station in Sharon, PA. Originally founded as an innovative cook-your-own-steak restaurant, the popularity of the Quaker Steak & Lube buffalo-style chicken wings soon took center stage, and by the early 1980's Quaker Steak & Lube was known as the place for award-winning wings and beer in a fun and outrageous automobile and motorcycle-themed atmosphere.

In addition, Stewart's long-time friends, country music superstar group, Diamond Rio, will be featured on the hood and sides of the No. 47. After 11 years, six "Vocal Group of the Year" awards collectively from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association, 25 Top-10 country hits, 15 top five singles including nine # 1's and over 10 million in record sales, Diamond Rio has created one of the most unique sounds in country music history. They have successfully combined stunning bluegrass harmonies with a driving beat, along with some of the most outstanding solo instrumental work. Diamond Rio music is truly the sound of six masters at work.

Practice and qualifying for the Quaker Steak and Lube 200 is scheduled for Thursday,

May 19, 2005. Qualifying will begin at approximately 7:00 PM EDT with the trucks starting the race impounded until race time on Friday.

The green flag is schedule to fly at 8:45 PM EDT on Friday, May 20, 2005 with live television coverage provided by SPEED Channel. Both MRN Radio and XM Satellite Radio will bring the action live to fans over the airwaves.

Chevrolet Silverado and Morgan-Dollar Motorsports teamed to bring the All Star program to fans at seven NCTS events during the 2004 season-with several more to follow in 2005. At each event in 2004, the No. 47 featured a special paint scheme showcasing a prominent musical artist and was driven by a Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver. The 2004 driver lineup included: Michael Waltrip/Sheryl Crow, Charlotte; Robby Gordon/George Thorogood, Bristol; Tony Stewart/Sara Evans, Richmond; Ricky Craven/LeAnn Rimes, New Hampshire; Bobby Labonte/Josh Turner, Martinsville; Ron Hornaday/Big and Rich, Phoenix and Jason Leffler/Joe Nichols, Darlington.

Stewart's teammate, Bobby Labonte, has piloted the No. 47 Chevrolet All Star Silverado twice thus far in 2005, scoring the team's first win on April 9th at Martinsville Speedway with Trick Pony on the hood.

Labonte's first race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March saw the 2000 NASCAR Cup champion finish second in his Phil Vassar branded truck by a mere eight thousandths of a second to fellow Silverado driver Ron Hornaday.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Jason Leffler , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Ricky Craven