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Jimmie Johnson Plans Charity Golf Tourney in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 22, 2007) – Chandra and Jimmie Johnson announced plans for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Inaugural Golf Tournament today at Jimmie Johnson’s Kearny Mesa Chevrolet.  This is the foundation’s first fundraising initiative in San Diego—Johnson’s hometown.

The tournament will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at Riverwalk Golf Club in Mission Valley.  The kick-off dinner will be the night before.  Lowe’s, Johnson’s primary sponsor in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, is the title sponsor of the tournament.

Proceeds from the event will fund the building of a home in El Cajon, Calif. The foundation is partnering with San Diego Habitat for Humanity and the City of El Cajon on the project.  The process is currently under way to secure the property and identify a family for the home.

“I am honored to be in a position to give back to the area where I grew up,” Johnson said.  “It was really important to Chandra and me to create an annual event in San Diego.

“We hope the tournament sells out in its first year and we are able to raise more than we imagined. I am thrilled we will be able to build a home for a family in need in my hometown.  I can’t wait to swing that first hammer.”

Cheryl Kennan, executive director of San Diego Habitat for Humanity, said the effort is a step toward making San Diego a better place for everyone.

“San Diego Habitat for Humanity is absolutely thrilled to be partnering with the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and the City of El Cajon,” said Kennan. “This joint effort is a great benefit to our community. Building together means we will be one home closer to eliminating substandard housing while providing a home for a family in need right here in San Diego.”

“Lowe’s is encouraged by Jimmie’s desire to rally together residents from his hometown of San Diego to participate in a golf tournament that benefits a family in need through a Habitat for Humanity build,” said Bob Gfeller, senior vice president of marketing and advertising at Lowe’s. “In fact, we’re especially proud because Jimmie and Chandra’s thoughtfulness is an extension of Lowe’s commitment to Habitat for Humanity International that includes providing volunteers, materials and the vision to help Habitat homeowners build their dreams each year.”

About the Jimmie Johnson Foundation

Chandra and Jimmie Johnson created the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006.  Jimmie Johnson drives the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet in NASCAR’s top series, the NEXTEL Cup.  He is the 2006 NEXTEL Cup champion.  The mission of the foundation is to assist children, families, and communities in need throughout the United States.  For more information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visit www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.

About Lowe’s

With fiscal year 2005 sales of $43.2 billion, Lowe’s Companies Inc. is a FORTUNE 50 company that serves approximately 12 million customers a week at more than 1,375 home improvement stores in 49 states. Based in Mooresville, N.C., the 60-year old company is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

About San Diego Habitat for Humanity

San Diego Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has helped 92 local families throughout San Diego County achieve the American dream of homeownership. This is made possible through donations of labor, money and materials. For more information, log on to www.sdhfh.org or call 619-283-4663.

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