BUSCH: California Speedway names race sponsor

Stater Bros. and Gatorade to Sponsor NASCAR Busch Series Event FONTANA, Calif. (April 27, 2004) --- California Speedway today announced Stater Bros. Markets as the title sponsor and Gatorade Thirst Quencher as the presenting sponsor of the...

Stater Bros. and Gatorade to Sponsor NASCAR Busch Series Event

FONTANA, Calif. (April 27, 2004) --- California Speedway today announced Stater Bros. Markets as the title sponsor and Gatorade Thirst Quencher as the presenting sponsor of the NASCAR Busch Series event at California Speedway on Saturday, May 1st. California Speedway President Bill Miller made the announcement.

The Stater Bros. 300 presented by Gatorade is the new event title and is the ninth race of the season and will be televised live on FOX at 1:00 p.m. (PDT). NASCAR Busch Series regulars like David Green, Bobby Hamilton Jr. and Mike Bliss will square off against NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series veterans like Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, two-time Daytona 500 Champion Michael Waltrip and Jeremy Mayfield, who will be piloting the No. 6 Stater Bros. Dodge.

"Stater Bros. is one of the most respected companies in Southern California, and we are pleased to have them as the title sponsor of our NASCAR Busch Series event," said Miller. "We welcomed them a few weeks ago to our list of corporate partners as 'California Speedway's preferred Grocery Store,' and now the addition of the Busch Series entitlement takes the relationship to another level.

"We also welcome the continued partnership with Gatorade Thirst Quencher," said Miller. "They have supported our efforts through the Gatorade Victory Lane and have teamed up with us to help the local community in times of need, most recently by donating pallets of beverages to fire base camps during Southern California's wildfires last fall. The upcoming NASCAR weekend is full of activities, both on and off the track. Stater Bros. and Gatorade will play a prominent role in the overall success and atmosphere of this great racing weekend."

"Stater Bros., the largest locally owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California, is very excited to join forces with Gatorade and California Speedway," said Jack H. Brown, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stater Bros. Markets. "Stater Bros. is pleased to be the title sponsor of this year's NASCAR Busch Series event."

"Gatorade is very proud of its relationship with California Speedway," said Sr. Sports Marketing Manager of Gatorade Scott Paddock Sr. "Our combined efforts through this partnership have led to the creation of Gatorade Victory Lane and have enabled team pit crew members and speedway fire/safety personnel to maintain proper hydration levels with the presence of Gatorade Refueling Stations along pit road. The opportunity to combine efforts with one of our most valued retail partners in Stater Bros. in the entitlement of the Busch Series race will enable us to further enhance the overall experience of the race fans at California Speedway."

The Stater Bros. 300 presented by Gatorade will be part of an exciting day of racing action at California Speedway on May 1st. The day starts early with the green flag for the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series King Taco 200 waving at 9:20 a.m. followed by NEXTEL Cup Happy Hour. The Stater Bros. 300 presented by Gatorade gets under way at 1:00 p.m.

The race is part of one of the most exciting days in all of racing, including a Fan Forum, which is a question and answer session with NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series owner Ray Evernham and driver Robby Gordon, which will take place in Suite Lot F at 6:15 p.m. The infield musical performance begins at 7:00 p.m. with the Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing Concert featuring "LIVE" followed immediately by fireworks.

Tickets for Saturday start at just $40. For ticket and event information call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit the speedway's website at www.californiaspeedway.com.

Stater Bros. Markets currently operates 158 Full Service Supermarket locations, with 47 in San Bernardino County, 42 in Riverside County, 30 in Orange County, 27 in Los Angeles County, 10 in Northern San Diego County, and 2 in Kern County. There are over 14,500 members of the Stater Bros. "Family" of Employees. Headquartered in Colton, California, Stater Bros. has been serving Southern California customers since 1936.

Gatorade Thirst Quencher, the nation's leading sports drink, is backed by 35 years of research. Gatorade is scientifically formulated and athletically proven to quench thirst, replace fluids and electrolytes and provide carbohydrate energy to enhance athletic performance. Nothing rehydrates, replenishes and refuels better than Gatorade. Gatorade is the official sports drink of the NFL, NBA, WNBA, Major League Baseball, US Soccer, MLS, Arena Football League (AFL), American Volleyball Professionals (AVP) and numerous professional, collegiate and amateur teams and events throughout the world. Gatorade is manufactured by PepsiCo Beverages and Foods, a division of PepsiCo. For more information, visit www.gatorade.com.

California Speedway is owned by International Speedway Corporation, a leading promoter of motorsports activities in the United States, currently promoting more than 100 events annually. For more information, visit the company's website at www.iscmotorsports.com.


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Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jeremy Mayfield , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Robby Gordon , David Green , Mike Bliss , Ray Evernham