Bobby Labonte's sponsor comments on NASCAR announcement

RICHMOND, Va., Friday, May 14, 2004 -- The following are notes and quotes from Interstate Batteries Racing officials regarding NASCAR's announcement of the tentative 2005 NEXTEL Cup Series schedule. INTERSTATE BATTERIES NOTES: *Interstate...

RICHMOND, Va., Friday, May 14, 2004 -- The following are notes and quotes from Interstate Batteries Racing officials regarding NASCAR's announcement of the tentative 2005 NEXTEL Cup Series schedule.

INTERSTATE BATTERIES NOTES:

*Interstate Batteries has been the primary sponsor for the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing car since the team's first race, the 1992 Daytona 500. The relationship is one of the longest in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Racing.

*The home office for Interstate Batteries is in Dallas, a short drive from Texas Motor Speedway, which was award a second NEXTEL Cup date for 2005.

*Bobby Labonte, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, has driven for the team since 1995 and won the 2000 series championship and the 2000 Brickyard 400 driving the No. 18 car.

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INTERSTATE BATTERIES RACING OFFICIALS QUOTES:

NORM MILLER (Chairman, Interstate Batteries): "Were thrilled and delighted that Texas has received a second date. We've waited a long time for the second race. It's a tremendous thing for us, since the Interstate Batteries home office is in Dallas. We've got a hotbed of fans within about 500 miles around Dallas, so it's pretty amazing for everyone. We're pumped about it. Our entertainment tent has around 1,200 people during the spring race. Now, we're doubling that. It's double the opportunity for us. Instead of doing something once a year, we get to do it every six months. The only thing left to say is, let's go racing in the fall."

-jgr/ibr-

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