Kahne and Budweiser Team To Help US Olympians - NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne and the No. 9 team's sponsor Budweiser have teamed up to feature a special paint scheme to honor the US Olympic Team during the winter games in Vancouver, Canada. Kahne's car will wear the special scheme during the 2010 season-opening Daytona 500 in February and the following weekend at Auto Club Speedway in California.

All proceeds from the sale of the die-cast cars will benefit our Olympians and their training.         

Also helping make the announcement was former US Olympic Champion Dan Jansen, who is one of Kahne's neighbors.

"I just want to express my gratitude to Budweiser for the support," said Jansen. "I can't tell you what it means. I think that we are the only country in the world that does not receive one penny from our government. It's all realized through corporate and private sponsorships. I'm excited. Kasey lives about a mile from me. We hope it brings a lot of recognition to our Olympians."

"To have the Olympian Budweiser car is awesome," said Kahne. "When we unveiled it two weeks ago in St. Louis to the wholesalers and people who run the brewery and make all the quality beer, it was a lot of fun. There were 4,000 people who were excited, and we were, too. It's a great opportunity for our team to be part of the Olympics. I'm a fan of the Olympics, and I hope to get up there to see some of it. The die-cast goes on sale soon. Hopefully, we can help our Olympians a good bit."

Winners Named in Pilot Truck Driver Challenge - The top three 2009 NASCAR transporter drivers in the year-long Pilot Truck Driver Challenge were named this afternoon in a press conference in the Time Warner Media Center. 

Winning the challenge was the transporter driver for the No. 20 JGR team, Tom "Thumper" McCrimmon, who won the $50,000 first prize and trophy. Second-place went to Bryan McClure of the No. 47 JTG Racing Team, who received $15,000. Taking third was a former champion, Peter Jellen, from the No. 18 JGR team, who received $10,000.

"I have to thank my partners who help me every week," said McCrimmon. "I have to thank Joe Gibbs Racing for making me a part of their team. I thought about this thing and told myself, ‘you know you can do it.' And with Home Depot's help, I did it. Thanks to Pilot. Everything within the walls of these race tracks is a competition. And, thanks to Pilot, there is a truck driver competition. It's a place where we can showcase our skills. It's great."

Winning team owner J.D. Gibbs was also on hand and accepted a $50,000 fuel card for winning the challenge. Plans for the 2010 season call for $50,000 for the team in addition to the prize for the winning driver.