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Darlington, SC - (November 1, 2004) Shaun White, the 18-year-old skateboarder-snowboarder phenomenon, has been named grand marshal for the 55th running of the legendary Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

White, who is a Dew Actions Sports athlete and has been sponsored by Mountain Dew since 2003, is the first athlete to compete in the Winter and Summer X Games in two distinct sports - snowboarding and skateboarding, respectively.

In February 2004, White won the men's Slopestyle gold medal in the Winter X Games with the highest score in Winter X Games history. He also competed in the Skateboard Vert Finals at the 2004 Summer X Games.

"NASCAR is the ultimate action sport, so I'm excited to be involved with it," White said.

White started competing as an action sports athlete when he was only 13. He established a reputation for big air and tying together snowboarding and skateboarding tricks in ways that had never been done before.

In 2003, he made a name for himself by winning events in the Winter X Games and in every other event he decided to enter. The spry teen with fiery red hair and freckles to match, won the X Games gold medal in slopestyle and superpipe, and took the Games' best-athlete award. A month later, White became the youngest snowboarder to win the U.S. Open Slopestyle Championship.

White also made his mark on the skateboarding world. He joined Tony Hawk's Gigantic Skatepark Tour in 2002 and made his pro skateboarding debut at the 2003 Slam City Jam, where he finished fourth in vert half pipe, which qualified him for the Gravity Games and 2003 Summer X Games.

White's skateboard-snowboard versatility and his huge endorsement-deal power recently netted him the distinction of being named the eighth most influential person in action sports by Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal.

Night racing will make its official Darlington debut on Friday, November 12, in the Darlington 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Published start time for the event is 8 p.m. Bobby Hamilton is the defending champion. Friday will also feature qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch series beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The weekend continues on Saturday, November 13, with the BI-LO 200 NASCAR Busch Series race. Start time for that event, won last year by Brian Vickers, is 1 p.m.

Sunday, November 14 will feature the 55th, and final, running of the Mountain Dew Southern 500, the penultimate race in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. This legendary event was first run in 1950, but will see its inaugural checkered flag under the lights in 2004. Terry Labonte is the defending race champion. Published start time is 1:30 p.m.

For tickets or more information on upcoming events at Darlington Raceway, call the Raceway ticket hotline toll-free at 866.459.RACE (7223), or log onto www.darlingtonraceway.com.

 
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