DOLLAR GENERAL AND BRAUN RACING ANNOUNCE DRIVER LINE-UP FOR THE 2009 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES SEASON MOORESVILLE, NC (October 9, 2008) -- Braun Racing and Dollar General Corporation are pleased to announce the driver line-up of the No.
DOLLAR GENERAL AND BRAUN RACING ANNOUNCE DRIVER LINE-UP FOR THE 2009 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES SEASON
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."
Braun Racing owner, Todd Braun, agrees whole-heartedly with Dreiling's sentiment.
"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.