Coca-Cola 600 Pit Note #5
SCHEMING IT: The two May races at Lowe's Motor Speedway have historically been known as a perfect opportunity for teams to use paint schemes to help their sponsors promote special marketing activities.
Many teams will be using special paint schemes in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at the famed 1.5-mile track.
One of the unique themes on Sunday will be a salute to the United States' four military branches. Denny Hamlin's No. 11 Chevrolet is running a black-and-red scheme to honor the Marines; Casey Mears is sporting a camouflage look to honor the National Guard on his No. 25 Chevrolet; Ward Burton is carrying a decal saluting the 60th anniversary of the Air Force; Jeff Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet has "America Supports You - Department of Defense". The Navy will be represented on Saturday night in the Busch Series race on the No. 88 Chevrolet driven by Shane Huffman.
The No. 48 car of Jimmie Johnson and the No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet driven by Joe Nemechek have "America's Heroes - Memorial Day" logos on their hoods.
Other special paint schemes on display over the course of the Memorial Day weekend are as follows: Kyle Petty - Coke Zero; Bobby Labonte - Chocolate Chex; David Reutimann - Burger King "Open ‘til Midnight or Later"; Mike Bliss - Paralyzed Veterans of America; Robby Gordon - Jim Beam Black; David Stremme - Coors Light Cold Activated Bottle; Dale Earnhardt Jr. - camouflage Budweiser scheme; Elliott Sadler - Fantasticar; Ricky Rudd - Snickers Dark; and Martin Truex Jr. - a silver Bass Pro Shops paint scheme.
Greg Biffle's No. 16 Ford will be carrying a new sponsor with red and black Dish Network colors that he will use in 11 other races this season in addition to Sunday's Coca-Cola 600.