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Vidovich win would be windfall for homeless cats

10/11/2006

Auggie Vidovich has a million reasons why he
would like to win the Dollar General 300 NASCAR Busch Series race
Friday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

If Vidovich can pull off an upset like David Gilliland did
earlier this year, 9Lives cat food will donate $1 million to cat
rescue shelters across the country as part of "Morris' Million Cat
Rescue" project.

9Lives and Morris the Cat are sponsoring Vidovich and the Biage
DenBeste team in the 300 to help raise awareness for the effort to
rescue 1 million homeless cats.

"This is a great project, and we want to do everything we can
to help Morris find homes for a million homeless cats," said the
25-year-old Vidovich, who won the NASCAR Southwest Elite Division
championship in 2003.

So far this season, his first in Busch, he has started 16 races
and has never finished higher than 15th. Vidovich has led just
three laps all season.

But he points to Gilliland, who shocked the racing community
with a Busch victory earlier this season at Kentucky. Gilliland
never had finished better than 29th in six previous Busch starts
before that victory.

"Everything has to fall into place, and it has to be a perfect
night for the 9Lives team, but David proved that it can be done,"
Vidovich said. "We are going to do everything in our power to win
the race."

Even if Vidovich does not pull off the upset, he will still
present a check for $50,000 to be split between two animal shelters
to be selected.

Also as part of this project, 9Lives is conducting a bus tour
that will stop at 34 of the top markets in the country, raising
awareness of this issue and facilitating cat adoptions in
conjunction with the local shelters. The company is also partnering
with 3,600 shelters to distribute Morris' Million Cat Rescue
Welcome Home Kits that will educate consumers on proper care for
their cats at home.