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Freightliner to Sponsor Truex in Daytona Nationwide Race

Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 5, 2008) – Freightliner Trucks will be the primary sponsor on Dale Earnhardt Inc.’s No. 8 Chevrolet at the upcoming NASCAR Nationwide series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Two-time Nationwide Series champion Martin Truex Jr. will pilot the machine during the Feb. 16 season opener.

“2006 was our first year as a corporate sponsor of this initiative. We’re proud of our association with such a prestigious team of supporters for an event that is at the heart of American sports,” said Melissa Kellogg, Freightliner Trucks director of marketing.

"We’re thrilled to have Freightliner Trucks join our family of sponsors,” said Max Siegel, president of global operations for Dale Earnhardt Inc. “Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Freightliner and have a longstanding history and we look forward to continuing our excellent record in Daytona and visiting victory lane together.”

Truex, who won the series’ championships in 2004 and 2005, has one win and six top-10 finishes in his seven Nationwide Series starts at Daytona.

“I’m very excited to be competing in the Nationwide Series again, especially at Daytona,” said Truex. “It’s pretty cool to have Freightliner on the hood because Dale Earnhardt Inc. has a long history with them. It’d be great to get them a victory at a historic track like Daytona.”

Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

Dale Earnhardt Inc., based in Mooresville, N.C., employs over 450 people on its two state-of-the-art campuses. Dale Earnhardt Inc. is comprised of four Sprint Cup teams, featuring drivers, Paul Menard, Martin Truex Jr., Regan Smith, Mark Martin and Aric Almirola. The organization has amassed over 100 wins, and has won six NASCAR Championships, as well as three Daytona 500s.

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