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Howard wins small business sweepstakes at AMS

September 07, 2011, Official Release,

Boca Raton, Fla. -- NASCAR and Office Depot announced on Tuesday that Kacie Howard, owner of HuckleBerry Pets in Daytona Beach, Fla., has been named the winner of this year's Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot sweepstakes. Office Depot partnered with 3M for this national promotion, and Howard was one of two finalists.


Tony Stewart featured the HuckleBerry Pets logo on his race car during Tuesday's rain-delayed AdvoCare 500 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, while fellow driver Greg Biffle featured the small business logo of sweepstakes finalist Sara Mortensen, owner of Bales Mold Service, Inc., in Downers Grove, Ill.

As the small business featured on the highest-finishing driver's car at the end of the race, Howard's HuckleBerry Pets was crowned the 2011 Official Small Business of NASCAR and will receive the use of the Official Small Business logo for one year. Stewart finished the race third, while Biffle finished in 12th place.

"I'm on top of the world right now!" Howard said. "The [sweepstake] has been an incredible experience from the moment I found out that HuckleBerry Pets was selected as one of this year's finalists. I'm extremely grateful for everything Office Depot has done for me and for this amazing opportunity. And I can't thank Tony Stewart enough for his performance during today's race...what a finish!"

Both finalists received a $10,000 small business makeover from Office Depot and a VIP experience at Atlanta Motor Speedway. If Stewart or Biffle had won the race, the small business featured on the winning car would have taken home $1 million.