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Johnson, Busch ‘Racing For Relief’ at Richmond

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 10, 2004) – In response to Hurricanes Charley and Frances, Lowe’s Monte Carlo drivers Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch are “Racing for Relief” at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway this weekend to generate funds for disaster relief efforts.

Last month, Johnson announced the implementation of an in-store customer donation program at Lowe’s locations along the Gulf and East Coasts to assist the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Lowe’s announced it will match donations up to $1 million. In addition, for every lap that Johnson completes in the 400-lap NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Richmond on Saturday night, Lowe’s will donate $48 (Johnson’s car number). For every lap that Busch completes Friday night in the 200-lap Busch Series race at Richmond, Lowe’s will donate $50.

Racing for Relief is a program Lowe’s first introduced in April of 2000. It has helped disaster relief efforts for hurricanes, tornados and floods, raising more than $350,000 to date.

“Racing for Relief is a way for me and my team to get the word out about how people can help after the devastation of Hurricanes Charley and Frances,” said Johnson, who has been involved in the Red Cross for two years. “It’s been a tough month for those folks so we are doing everything we can to help.

“Florida is a huge racing community and this is our way of showing support.”

In addition, Johnson’s No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet will carry a special decal on the rear deck lid (trunk) and hood supporting the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Anyone interested in donating to the fund may go to any Lowe’s store along the Gulf or East Coasts or make an online donation at www.lowes.com or www.redcross.org.

About Team Lowe’s Racing
Lowe’s, the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world, enters its third year as primary sponsor of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Jimmie Johnson in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. In 2004, Shop-Vac®, Gladiator™ GarageWorks, Briggs and Stratton® and Pella® join Lowe’s for the first time in the NASCAR Busch Series sponsoring the No. 5 Lowe’s Chevrolet driven by rookie Kyle Busch. Lowe’s also operates one of the largest fan clubs in the sport. For more information on Team Lowe’s Racing, visit Lowesracing.com.

About the American Red Cross
All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of the recent hurricanes and thousands of other disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. Call 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.

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