Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Byline: Hays Carlyon , Times-Union sports writers

VALVOLINE ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP DEAL

Valvoline announced a multi-year deal yesterday that will make them an official sponsor of the Daytona 500. The agreement, announced at a news conference preceding the Pepsi 400, will also allow Valvoline to serve as the official oil of both Daytona International Speedway and Daytona USA.

"We're thrilled with our partnership with Valvoline," Speedway President John Graham said. "To bring a sponsor like Valvoline, who has a long standing relationship with motorsports, to the world center of racing is something special."

Valvoline currently sponsors and co-owns the No. 10 Pontiac driven by Johnny Benson. Darrell Waltrip, A.J. Foyt and Cale Yarborough are a few of the racing greats Valvoline has sponsored throughout the years.

"From Valvoline's standpoint, we have always wanted to associate our company with the excitement and the high-performance sport of racing," Valvoline President Jim O'Brien said. "We feel like this is a perfect, natural fit."

SINGER SPEAKS OUT

Singer Edwin McCain does not want to be associated with Aerosmith's flamboyant frontman Steven Tyler. McCain, who performed the national anthem last night, was critical of Tyler's take on the anthem at the Indianapolis 500. Tyler's rendition drew public ire after he changed some of the lyrics during the Memorial Day weekend performance.

"Changing the lyrics is a good way to make people mad," McCain said. "If you hear any mistakes from me that's what they are. I don't understand that. I think that may be ego getting out of hand."

McCain, who just released his fourth album entitled Far From Over, was also outspoken regarding last night's Grand Marshal Britney Spears.

"I met her about six months before they invented her," McCain said. "They were telling me she'd be the next big thing. She sure is pretty to look at."

NOT JUST A TOOL BOX

It takes more than a tool box full of wrenches and screwdrivers to win a race in Winston Cup Racing today. The boxes along pit road these days contain enough tools and equipment to rebuild the car mechanically and do some minor body work.

Along with the wrenches and screwdrivers are television sets to monitor the race. Some crews have two TVs with one set up to watch just the backstretch. They also have computers to keep track of fuel and tire mileage including a laptop that is used by the crew chief.

The cars themselves are equipped with a system that relays fuel consumption back to the pit computer to give the crew chief a better chance of calculating whether or not the driver can finish the race after that last pit stop.

BURNING RUBBER

The tires on your family car are generally matched in all four wheels. On a Winston Cup race car the tires on the left side are the same size and inflated the same, 87. …

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