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Victory Junction Gang Camp to Benefit from eBay Auction

This Saturday, August 14, during pre-race festivities for the Toyota Tundra 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at Nashville Superspeedway, three-time NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip will hand the keys to his Toyota Tundra Double Cab over to Michigan native Mike Slusarski.

Slusarski, who lives in Adrian, Mich., was the highest bidder in an online eBay charity auction hosted by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS), which ran from June 14th to the 24th. His final bid of $42,301 made Slusarski the winner of Waltrip's personal full-size Tundra Double Cab, along with an exclusive VIP trip to the Toyota Tundra 200 race in Nashville, a 'Do-It-Yourself' Dream Garage of more than 500 Craftsman tools, and a $1,000 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shops.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from Slusarski's winning bid will go to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, a retreat for children living with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Established by Kyle and Pattie Petty to honor their son Adam, who died tragically in an accident at a track in May 2000, the Camp is a proud charity of NASCAR.

Victory Junction Gang Camp Founder Kyle Petty will be in Nashville to accept the donation, traveling to the track following NASCAR Nextel Cup practice in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

"We live about 20 minutes from Michigan International Speedway, and my family is full of race fans," said Slusarski, 31. "We either watch the races on TV, head to the Michigan track when the NASCAR races are in town, or follow the racing season on the internet. That's how we found out about Toyota's auction of Darrell's truck.

"My father and I have a construction business -- we've actually done work at the campgrounds at the Michigan racetrack -- and we needed a new truck," added Slusarki. "We both thought the auction was a way for us to get a new truck, and at the same time contribute to a terrific cause. Both my Dad and I are amazed that Kyle and Pattie Petty could make something so positive happen from something so tragic."

"I'm all for anything that helps raise money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp because Kyle and Pattie Petty have worked extremely hard to make the camp a reality," said Waltrip, who will make the presentation during pre-race announcements. "I'm proud DW and Toyota are able to help -- even if it means having to take a long walk home after the race."

"This year, we had our first group of campers to Victory Junction Gang Camp," said Kyle Petty.

"It was an unbelievable feeling seeing all those happy faces this summer, and also a reminder that this is just a beginning. I really appreciate DW and Toyota, and of course Mike Slusarski, for supporting these efforts."

"I'm not really sure what will happen when I meet DW in Nashville and get the keys to his Tundra," said Slusarski. "Maybe, I'll do a little dance like Darrell did when he won the Daytona 500, then jump in the Tundra and take a 'hot' lap around the Nashville track."

"Toyota has a strong commitment to charitable organizations," said Les Unger, TMS national motorsports manager. "Victory Junction Gang Camp is an extremely worthwhile charity. Having Darrell Waltrip involved makes it even more special, as does the fact that Mike Slusarski is from Michigan -- where the Tundra made history by winning it's first-ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race."

The Victory Junction Gang Camp, located in Randleman, N.C., is a retreat for chronically ill children and their families. It was founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty to honor their son Adam, who died tragically in an accident at the track in May 2000. The goal of the Victory Junction Gang Camp is to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound. Activities at the camp include boating, fishing, swimming, arts and crafts, and horseback riding.

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion in the United States, marketing products and services through a network of 1,415 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers in 49 states. Established in 1957, TMS and its subsidiaries also are involved in distribution logistics, motorsports, R&D and general aviation. The company's main Web site is www.toyota.com.

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